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SOAS China Institute

SOAS China Institute Monday Seminars

SOAS China Institute Monday Seminars examine the fundamental issues facing China today and provides unique opportunities to gain insight into China through the perspectives of internationally respected experts from both inside and outside of China.   

Convenor and Chair: Professor Steve Tsang

Contact Li-Sa Whittington/ Aki Elborzi on for further information.

Please note that we do not distribute seminar notes.

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Forthcoming Events

Recovering China’s Maritime History

Valerie Hansen (Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University)

China’s long history as a powerful agrarian state has distracted many from its very real engagement with the ocean. Its contacts with South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa date back to the year 1000 and even before.

10 May 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong

Michael C. Davis (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; New York University and Jindal Global University) and Nathan Law (Hong Kong democratic activist and former legislator)

This panel discussion will trace how Hong Kong got to where it is today, what the key challenges are, and what roles supporters of democracy in Hong Kong or elsewhere can play in the foreseeable future.

17 May 2021, Virtual Event, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Chinese neostatist thinkers and the restructuring of Hong Kong

Prof. Sebastian Veg (EHESS)

The recent changes to Hong Kong’s constitutional framework, including the 2020 National Security Law and the 2021 Electoral Reform, are not simply an adjustment, but can be seen as a comprehensive “restructuring”. What are the ideas underpinning these changes and do they hold significance beyond Hong Kong?

7 June 2021, Virtual Event, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Great Decoupling: China, America and the Struggle for Technological Supremacy

Nigel Inkster (International Institute for Strategic Studies and SOAS University of London)

The USA and China have become locked in a struggle for control of the commanding heights of advanced technologies. This struggle has been a major factor in what has become known as The Great Decoupling, a progressive technology disengagement that has major economic and political implications for the entire planet. 

14 June 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM