Call for Participants to The 3rd Global China Dialogue (GCD III) Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change

Call for Participants to

The 3rd Global China Dialogue (GCD III)

Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change

bookChina and the Chinese people are currently making an important contribution to the new world order and shaping a global society. What are the important global issues that concern China? What are the Chinese ways of thinking and doing things with respect to global issues? We provide a platform engaging both Chinese and non-Chinese in dialogue with China on a range of common concerns for the future of our world, including development, education, economics, migration, the family, the environment, public health, human security and global governance. The Global China Dialogue series (GCDs) focuses on these issues to enhance public understanding of current global affairs and common interests through public dialogue and discussion between Chinese and non-Chinese academics, experts, professionals and practitioners and interested laypeople, from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. The GCDs also develop the rules of ‘civilized 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. In particular, they explore new global governance, encompassing national governments, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs and citizens, with a mission to building a harmonious, symbiosis-based global community. Two dialogues have already been held in 2014 and 2015, the proceedings of which has been published by Global China Press. Below is the details of the 3rd GCD.

Date: Friday-Saturday, 2-3 December 2016



  • The British Academy
  • The House of Commons
  • UK Parliament, King’s College London


  • Reviewing the Paris Agreement from a governance perspective
  • Sustainability in China’s green revolution
  • Corpus-based discourse studies on climate change
  • Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals


  • Part one: A one-day event for the GCD III on Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change including the above themes, at the British Academy, Friday, 2nd December 2016.
  • Part two: An evening event for networking at the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, on Friday, 2nd December 2016.
  • Part three: A one-day workshop on Corpus Approach to Chinese Social Science (CACSS) at UCL, Saturday, the 3rd December 2016.


  • Professor Kerry Brown, Director of Lau China Institute, King’s College London
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of CCPN Global; Honorary Professor of UCL
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster

Keynote speakers:

lordProfessor Lord Anthony Giddens, British leading sociologist and social theorist, former Director and Emeritus Professor of LSE, UKprofessor

Professor Dayong Hong, Professor of Sociology, Vice-President, Renmin University of China; Vice-General Secretary of the Chinese Sociological Association, China


Panel chairs, speakers and discussants (in alphabetical order):

  • Emeritus Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary Vice President of the British Sociological Association (BSA); Emeritus Professor of University of Wales, UK
    • Lord Michael Bates, formal Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords, the UK Parliament; Minister of State at the Department for International Development, UK
  • Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • Dr Qing Cao, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, UK
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of CCPN Global; Honorary Professor of UCL, UK
  • Dr CHEN Yan, General Director of China Europa Forum, France
  • Professor Olaf Corry, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ms Ingrid Cranfield, Governor of CCPN Global Governing Board, President of Global China Press, former Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, UK
  • Dr Carmen Dayrell, Senior Research Associate at CASS, Lancaster University, UK
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
  • Professor Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations, Co-Director, Dahrendorf Project, Academic Director, TRIUM Global EMBA, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Mr Charles Grant, Director of Centre for European Reform, UK; Trustee of CCPN Global
  • Professor Yeguo Gu, Director, China Multilingual & Multimodal Corpora & Big Data Research Centre, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
  • Mr Philip Hao, President, YES Global; CEO, UVIC Group, UK; Vice-General Secretary, CCPN-Global
  • Mr Alex Kirby, Retired award-winning BBC journalist and UN trainer of journalists reporting on sustainability and climate change in the developing world
  • Professor Jiaojiang Luo, Dean of the Institute of Social Development, Wuhan University, China; General Secretory of CCPN Global
  • Professor Tony McEnery FAcSS, Director and Investigator of ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University; ECRC Research Director, UK
  • Professor Kerstin Mey, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Westminster, Dean of the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, UK
  • Mr Dennis Pamlin, Founder of 21st Frontiers Research Centre, Sweden
    • Professor Geoffrey PLEYERS, Director of Global College, University of Louvain, Belgium
  • Professor Yufang Qian, Director of Research Centre for Discourse and Communications, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China
  • Dr Mike Scott, Aston University; Founder of the Lexical Analysis Software, UK
  • Dr Fang Wang, Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK
    • Mr XIANG Xiaowei, Minister counselor, Culture Office, Chinese Embassy to the UK
    • Dr Zhang Jianyu, Head of Beijing Office, the US Environmental Defence Fund (tbc)
  • Professor Letian Zhang, Director of the Center for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Director of Contemporary China Social Life Data and Research Center (CCSLC), Fudan University; and Co-Director of the CCPN Global
    • Dr Joy Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK


  • CCPN Global (China in Comparative Perspective Network Global, Charity No.: 1154640; an affiliate member of the Academy of Social Sciences)
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • The China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
    • YES Global, UK


Supporters (in alphabetical order)

  • Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London, UK
  • Centre for European Reform, UK
  • Centre for Translation Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • China–Europa Forum, France
  • Chopsticks Club, UK
  • Contemporary China Social Life Data and Research Center (CCSLC), Fudan University, China
  • ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, UK
  • Global China Press, UK
  • Global China Unit, UK
  • Journal of China in Comparative Perspective, UK
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • London Society for Chinese Studies
  • New World Press, China
  • Research Centre for Discourse and Communications, Zhenjiang University of Media and Communication, China
  • Research Centre for Social Cultural Anthropology, Fudan University, China
  • Research Centre for Social Theory, Peking University, China
  • Research Centre for Studies of Sociological Theory and Methods, Renmin University of China
  • Society for Anglo–Chinese Understanding (SACU), UK
  • The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS), UK
  • The British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS), UK
  • The British Sociological Association (BSA), UK
  • The Chinese Sociological Association (CSA), China
  • The Institute of Social Development, Wuhan University, China


Sponsors (in alphabetical order)

  • Cypress Books Co. Ltd, UK
  • Institute of Suzhou Studies, Wuhan University, China
  • Learning without Borders, China
    • MyOffer® (Global University Web Portal), China
  • Shanghai Tenly Software Incorporated, China
  • UVIC Group, UK
  • Vanishing Worlds Foundation, UK

Media suppers

  • ChinaNet
  • XinhuaNet
  • Interactive Media Britain

Registration (Click HERE to online registration page):

  • Free for the CACSS workshop, but registration is requested, Click HERE for registration
  • £180 for the GCD III, Click HERE to register and pay for the fee
  • £280 for the GCD III and Reception, Click HERE to register


Website: see updated info at



#CCGGC: Conference Handbook Now Available

The handbook of the upcoming China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication international conference, organised by the China Media Centre, University of Westminster and Communication University of China, Beijing, is now available. This has been last updated on 07 April 2016 and is the finalised version.

The conference will be held on 09 April 2016 from 09:00 to 17:00 at 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS.

For further information on this conference, please see our main post.

Please don’t forget to register your place for the event.

You can also follow the conference as it takes place with hashtag #CCGGC on Twitter.

#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?

CMC’s International Conference on China’s Media Go Global held at Tsinghua University

Photo1The annual CMC academic conference China’s Media Go Global was held in September 2014 at Tsinghua University. Co-sponsors were School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University; Tsinghua-Epstein Centre for Global Media and Communication and the Chinese Association of Global Communication. Over 60 scholars and experts from different continents gathered to discuss China’s media internationalising. Keynote speakers included Professor Daya Thussu (India Media Centre, University of Westminster), Professor Anne-Marie Brady (University of Canterbury), Qu Yingpu (China Daily), Chen Lidong (CCTV) and Yan Chengsheng (International Cooperation Department of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China). The conference was managed by Alja Kranjec.

A selection of the papers for publication as a special issue of an international, peer reviewed journal or book will be published in 2015.

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Date: 2-3 September 2014
Time: 9.00am – 6pm
Location: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

China is dramatically increasing its media presence in the world. CCTV will establish its third Media Hub, after Africa and the USA, in Europe. Xinhua has expanded its operations and haslaunched its own 24-hour television news. The quality and range of publications, radio and television channels and online information has developed rapidly in several languages. Chinese media are supplying facilities and training to the media of many other countries, even as they also soak up the experience and knowledge of the most advanced media industries. Not only national media but provincial media are entering the world’s markets. Read more