SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

The Reinvention of Dictatorship

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Kai Strittmatter (writer and correspondent for Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

Date: 5 October 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 5 October 2020Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar


The past seven years under the leadership of China’s strong man Xi Jinping have been remarkable. Repression and censorship are stronger than they have been for decades, and ideology has crept back in. At the same time the CCP under Xi Jinping is reinventing dictatorship with the means of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data, and is giving autocratic rule a digital update. On the world stage China is growing more assertive all the while. A competition of systems is back and it confronts us at a time when liberal democracy finds itself in the midst of a deep crisis.

Kai Strittmatter describes the mechanisms of the digital dictatorship and talks about the challenges this poses to us.

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The Reinvention of Dictatorship

About the speaker

Kai Strittmatter has studied China for more than 30 years. As a student of Sinology he first lived in China and Taiwan in the mid-1980s. Later he worked in Beijing for 16 years as a correspondent for the German national broadsheet Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He is the author of several books on China, Hong Kong and Istanbul, most recently We have been harmonised. Life in China’s Surveillance State (2019).


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Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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