#CCGGC: China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication

China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication

Date: 9 April 2016
Time: 9:00am-5.00pm
Location: 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Conference organised by:
China Media Centre, University of Westminster
Managing Department of Social Sciences, Communication University of China
Faculty of International Media, Communication University of China

Featured Speakers:

  • Pál Nyíri, Professor, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Garrie van Pinxteren, Senior Research Fellow, Leiden Academic Centre / Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael
  • Jiang Fei, Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Anthony Fung, Professor, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, University of Westminster
  • Zhang Lei, Professor, Communication University of China
  • Hugo de Burgh, Director, China Media Centre, University of Westminster

The growing global presence of China has impacted on many aspects of life in the contemporary world, including the geo-politics of global communication. Since 2006, China has been the largest holder of foreign-currency reserves, estimated in 2015 to be more than $3.3 trillion. According to the International Monetary Fund, China’s Gross Domestic Product surpassed that of the United States in 2014, making it the world’s largest economy in purchasing-power parity terms, while its currency, the Renminbi, was admitted by the IMF into its reserve currencies basket in 2015, joining the club of the world’s other four elite currencies: Dollar, Euro, Pound and Yen.

As part of China’s ‘going out’ strategy, $7 billion has been earmarked for external communication, including the expansion of Chinese broadcasting networks such as CCTV News. In the cyber world too, China has demonstrated extraordinary growth: in 2015, half of China’s 1.3 billion people were online, making it home to the world’s largest number of internet users, and three of the top ten internet-based companies were Chinese.

China is now one of the biggest aid donors and a driving force behind BRICS, the group of large non-Western nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) which has established a BRICS Bank to fund developmental projects. China has also set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its recent initiative of ‘One Belt, One Road’, reviving the historical legacies of the land and maritime silk routes, encompasses more than 100 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. These projects, potentially rivalling the Western-dominated Bretton Woods institutions, such as the World Bank and the IMF, raise interesting possibilities in relation to geo-political and global governance issues.

While US conglomerates continue to dominate the global media landscape, including digital media, other major non-Western powers, notably China, have emerged onto the global scene, complicating discourses of media, development, geo-politics and governance. This phenomenon of Chinese media globalisation and its impact on global communication has so far largely escaped academic scrutiny, partly because the focus of much international scholarship has been on the issue of censorship and media regulation in China.

This pioneering conference assesses the impact of the ‘peaceful rise of China’ on the geo-political environment and poses questions about its effect on global communication. While recognising the limitations of a media system that operates within a one-party state with its attendant regulatory and control mechanisms, there is ample scope to evaluate how Sino-globalisation is contributing to enriching the political, cultural and economic discourses globally. Will the growing globalisation of China help redress the imbalance in media flows and thus contribute to a pluralistic media globe?

China Media Centre Spring 2016 Seminar: Prof Michel Hockx (SOAS, University of London)

Speaker: Prof Michel Hockx (SOAS, University of London)
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (with refreshments to follow)
Venue: A6.03
Chair: Dr David Feng


This paper surveys the development of online creative writing in Mainland China in the past fifteen years. It demonstrates how online communities are bringing about unprecedented changes in the structure of the Chinese literary field, both through literary and aesthetic innovations and through challenges to the established system of publishing. Both high-end and low-end forms of literary production are taken into account. The Chinese phenomena are discussed against the background of recent debates in western scholarship about the concept of “world literature,” which so far have largely excluded online texts.


Michel Hockx (b. 1964) is Professor of Chinese at SOAS, University of London, and founding director of the SOAS China Institute. He studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University in The Netherlands, and at Liaoning and Beijing Universities in China. His research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese literary communities, their publications, their values, and their interaction with state regulators. He has also published on modern Chinese poetry. His most recent monograph, Internet Literature in China, came out with Columbia University Press in 2015.

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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