Upcoming Seminar: Vincent Ni from the BBC to Speak on 02 December 2015

The China Media Centre has the pleasure to announce its first seminar for academic year 2015-2016.

This event is open to all members of the public, but it is recommended that all register for the event.

China Media Centre 2015 Winter Seminar
Speaker: Mr Vincent Ni
Date: Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (with refreshments to follow)
Venue: A6.07
Chair: Dr David Feng


The BBC is widely known as a major player in the world media, offering also services in Chinese. Its in-depth reporting and a “just write what you’ve seen” commitment to coverage means it includes content and people that the official Beijing news sources tend to shy away from. There remains an equal amount of misunderstanding, conflict, and news coverage gap between the BBC and China-based official media. He is here to discuss these issues further, to share first-hand experience, and also give advice to students seeking to enter the world of journalism.

Vincent Weifeng Ni is a senior producer at the BBC World Service, who has just recently covered the historic election in Myanmar. He appears on BBC Chinese, World Service radio, and BBC World TV, and is now also a fellow at the RSA. Until 2014, he was a foreign correspondent for Caixin Media. At Caixin, he served as its correspondent in Washington, DC, New York, Cairo, and London. Ni covered the 2012 US general election and extensively reported on the debt crises in Europe from London, Berlin, and France. During the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011, he was one of the very few Chinese journalists reporting from Cairo’s Tahrir Square. In November 2011, with a colleague Ni won a runner-up place in the London Foreign Press Association’s annual awards in the category Financial / Economic Story of the Year. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he was the recipient of the Hoare Family / China-Oxford Scholarship in the field of Social Science. He was also the China Fellow at Columbia Journalism School in 2012-13.

Event: 2015 China-UK Cultural Exchange – 2nd Global China Dialogue: Transculturality and New Global Governance (23 & 24 Nov 2015)

This event will be held on Monday, 23 November 2015, and Tuesday, 24 November 2015, at the Wolfson Auditorium of the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2nd Global China Dialogue: Transculturality and New Global Governance. This event is organised jointly by CCPN Global, the China Media Centre of the University of Westminster, the Development Institute of Fudan University and YES Global. It has received enthusiastic support from the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy to the UK, the Ministry of Culture of China, the British Council, the British Sociological Association, the Chinese Association of World Politics Studies and related organizations and academic institutions, as well as all the supporters and sponsors that are participating in this event.

The year 2015 is a significant date, having been announced as the ‘Year of UK–China Cultural Exchange’ by the Chinese and British governments. During the year, both countries are holding a series of high-level cultural activities in order to promote cultural communication and industrial collaboration, as well as mutual understanding and friendship between them. In particular, they both chose ‘creativity’ as a theme for their Culture Seasons.

Following the success of the 1st Global China Dialogue (GCD), organized by CCPN Global and YES Global in 2014 in London, the 2nd GCD will focus on ‘transculturality and new global governance’.

The event will cover the following themes:

  • Launching the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP) – a dual-language academic journal
  • Introducing transculturality and new global governance
  • ‘Civilised dialogue’ – transculture and comparison
  • Sustainable urbanisation in Europe and China
  • School governance in the UK, transcultural education and learning
  • Social creativity, transcultural practice and new global governance

The event will discuss all facets of new global governance, encompassing national governments, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs and citizens, as well as seeking new rules of ‘civilised dialogue’, encouraging both sides to listen to the other, understand cultural differences, respect local customs, accept different perspectives and acknowledge the common destiny of humanity, with a view to building a harmonious, symbiosis-based global community.

We will have contributions from a wide range of leading scholars and international influencers. Visitors can check event information from the website www.dialogue.global-china.org. The complete programme will be available on the website and two weeks before the event.

The registration fee is as follows:

  • £120 [register] for one or two days, including refreshments, lunch and a hard copy of JCCP (cost £58.99) and two year UK individual subscription of JCCP.
  • £66 [register] for any half a day, including refreshments, lunch and a hard copy of JCCP (cost £58.99) and one year UK individual subscription of JCCP.
  • Free registration if you are able to show that you can contribute substantially to this event or the future Global China Dialogue Series.

    Should you have any further queries please email: events@ccpn-global.org or call:

    • CCPN Global: +442080994815
    • China Media Centre, University of Westminster: +442083577354
    • Development Institute, Fudan University: +86 13611040945

    We look forward to seeing you at the event!

    Yours sincerely,
    Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of CCPN Global (UK), Honorary Professor of UCL, UK
    Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
    Professor Zhang Letian, Co-Director of CCPN Global (China), Centre Director of Fudan University, China
    Mr Philip Hao, President of YES Global, CEO of UVIC Group, UK

2015 Beautiful Hebei Photo Exhibition Held at Regent Street Campus

The University of Westminster, the China Media Centre, the 48 Group Club, Tiens, the UK Hebei Society and the Province of Hebei, China, co-organised the opening ceremony of the 2015 Beautiful Hebei photo exhibition, which was held at Fyvie Hall in the Regent Street campus. Supporting organisers included China.com.cn, China Investors Club, Yanfu Foundation, CRI Online, UK Chinese Entrepreneurs, and UKCTTA.

The exhibition showed 66 pictures of Hebei, groups into four parts — Today’s Hebei, Historical Hebei, Magnificent Colourful Hebei, and Olympic Hebei. Most of the pictures were in Fyvie Hall, but others were also in the main hall of the Regent Street campus.

From the University of Westminster and the China Media Centre, speeches were made by Professor Kerstin Mey, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Arts, and Design, and Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the China Media Centre.

Present at the ceremony were also a number of key persons from all walks of life. Speeches were given by Mr Stephen Perry, chairman of the 48 Group Club, well-respected in China-UK trade supporting UK companies entering China; Mr Fei Mingxin, Counselor and General Consul of the Chinese Embassy in the UK; Mr Jin Xu, Minister Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in the UK; May Xuemei Zhao, President of the UK Hebei Society, a well-established Chinese community; and Professor Kevin Malcolm McConkey, Senior Consultant of Tiens International University in charge of international affairs, involved in providing world-class education with Chinese students.

2015 10 31 Beautiful Hebei Prof Mey
2015 10 31 Beautiful Hebei Prof de Burgh
2015 10 31 Beautiful Hebei All Key Persons

Following the ribbon-cutting, which was attended by VIP speakers, and speeches, the audience was treated to performances, including Peking Opera, solo guitar performances, solo Chinese folk songs, and a show featuring traditional Chinese cheongsam / qipao. Letters of congratulations from China on the occasion of the event were also read, which were sent by both the External PR Office of the Hebei Provincial CPC Committee, and the Hebei Provincial Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.

The year 2015 is an important year for both the UK and China, with President Xi Jinping just completing an important state visit to the UK. This year has also been defined as the year of cultural exchange between Britain and China. The Beautiful Hebei expo is an opportunity for people in Britain to understand province better, and to enable Britain and Hebei to be involved more. The event also featured up to a hundred projects based in Hebei which are open to UK involvement.

The province of Hebei will also play co-host to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, to be held in both the province itself, and in nearby Beijing, capital of China. Hebei will also be part of the greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei conurbation. It is also home to a key high speed railway plant in China.

The exhibition will run through to 06 November 2015 and features 66 pictures of Hebei, showcasing its history, brilliance, modernity, and the sports and Olympic aspects. This event takes place at Fyvie Hall in the Regent Street campus.

David Feng from the China Media Centre and Shuo Zhang hosted the event.

2015 10 31 Beautiful Hebei Event Presenters

2015 10 31 Beautiful Hebei All Attendees

2015 10 31 Beautiful Hebei Pictures

Event: Hebei Photographic Exhibition beginning 31 October 2015 (Regent Street Campus)

The UK Hebei Society, The China Media Centre, The University of Westminster and the Chinese province of Hebei will be organising a photographic exhibition of the province of Hebei. The opening ceremony will be on 31st October 2015 at 2pm.

The current spirit of co-operation between China and the UK is exemplified by the many state visits between the countries, including that of President Xi during October 2015. Many opportunities are being created between our countries, and the province of Hebei wishes to further foster this co-operation.

The exhibition will be held in Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW. Photographs being shown are grouped into four categories:

1. History of Hebei
The Province is rich in historical significance; and here, a part of this history will be displayed

2. Colours of Hebei
Embodying the life of the Province

3. Modern Hebei
Showcasing the highly developed nature of Hebei

4. Olympic Hebei
The international sporting activities of Hebei province

The province has much to offer to the visitor and those who would work with and within Hebei, whether that be inwards, outwards or in partnership. It should be remembered that China will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, with many events in Hebei and Britain is seeking to be involved in organising the staging of the event. There are already strong links in education between Hebei and Britain, and the project for a large new international education complex within the province will produce an international centre of excellence; overseas partners are actively sought for participation.

With so many exciting developments in progress and yet to come, we would be delighted by your presence at this event. The exhibition itself will run until 6th November 2015.

Co-Production Opportunities in China Workshop Held at Regent Street Campus

In the afternoon hours of 21 October 2015, the Opportunities in China Workshop was held at Fyvie Hall in the Regent Street campus of the University of Westminster. The event was held while Chinese President Xi Jinping was in London for a state visit.

Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster, gave welcoming remarks. Ms Wang Jianjun, head of Shanghai Broadcast TV and Shanghai Media Group (SMG), gave the keynote presentation at the event in English titled If Shakespeare Met Tang Xianzu.

SMG 2015 10 21 Part 1 01 SMG 2015 10 21 Part 1 02

The presentation also featured presentations and discussions from:

  • Chen Yuren, Director of the SMG programming department
  • Zhang Lifen, Chief Consultant of the China Business News
  • Prof Stephen Dong Guanpeng of the Communication University of China
  • Li Yong, Director of Dragon TV
  • Clare Thomspon, a British TV producer
  • Paul Jackson of Houghton Street Media

SMG 2015 10 21 Part 2

  • Paul Dempsey, President of Global Markets at BBC Worldwide
  • Chen Qi, Vice Director of DocuChina, SMG
  • Chen Sijie, General Manager of SMG Pictures
  • He Xiaolan, General Manager of Wings Media, SMG

as well as

  • Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Yu Rongjun and Zhong Jing, Vice Presidents of the Shanghai Performing Arts Group
  • Maxine Doyle, Associate Director and Choreographer of Punchdrunk

The workshops were chaired by Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the China Media Centre.

Following this, a reception, including signing ceremonies, was held at the Boardroom on the upper level, which was chaired by SMG programme anchor and presenter Chen Chen.

SMG 2015 10 21 Signature

For further details related to this event, please also browse the Workshop Handbook.