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Stein Ringen, expert speaker on social and public policy, to publish “The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century” in 2016

Stein RingenStein Ringen speaker - Photo by Ben Danner, an internationally renowned political scientist who explores the art of governance, will be publishing a book titled “The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century”, to be released in 2016 by Hong Kong University Press. Ringen argues that the Chinese system is like no other known in history; this book explains how this system works and where it may be moving.

“A new interpretation of the Chinese party-state.” – Professor Tony Saich

By analysing the leadership of Xi Jinping, the meaning of “socialist market economy”, corruption, the party-state apparatus, the reach of the party, the mechanisms of repression, taxation and public services, and state-society relations, the book broadens the field of China studies, as well as the fields of political economy, comparative politics, development and welfare state studies.

Drawing on Chinese and international sources, on extensive collaboration with Chinese scholars, and on the political science of state analysis, Ringen concludes that “under the new leadership of Xi Jinping, the system of government has been transformed into a new regime, radically harder and more ideological than the legacy of Deng Xiaoping, and that China is less strong economically and more dictatorial politically than the world wanted to believe.”

In collaboration with the publisher, and complementing his forthcoming book, Ringen has also launched a blog – thechinesestate.com – which covers a range of topics associated with China’s emergence on the global stage.

For more information on how to book Stein Ringen for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Geopolitics speaker John Hulsman on China’s new anti-West axis

John HulsmanIn today’s City A.M. Dr John Hulsman, a leading geopolitical speaker and analyst, explains what he believes is the biggest story since the end of the Cold War: China’s new anti-West axis.

Focusing on the seismic global shift instigated by President Putin’s huge gas deal with China’s Xi Jinping last month, the new economic tie-up that John’s political risk firm predicted ahead of the fact, John argues that the deal is first and foremost about geopolitics. This follows from Putin’s brief visit to Shanghai last month, where Xi proposed a new regional Asian security organisation, including Russia, Turkey, and Iran, but excluding the US.

John therefore see gas deal as “part of a larger Sino-Russian diplomatic gambit – admittedly still in its very early stages – presenting the first real geopolitical challenge to the United States in a generation.” He goes on to warn that “if China and Russia find general common cause and move closer to each other than either is to America, the global chessboard is irrevocably altered.”

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For information on John’s speaking availability, please contact our Managing Partner, Leo von Bülow-Quirk, at leovbq@chartwellpartners.co.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8000

US-China Bilaterial talks: a diplomatic milestone?

It has been an important week for China – US relations. Chinese leader, Xi Jingping visited the United States for bilaterial talks on areas such as: North Korea, the south-pacific and international institutions.

Before talks were underway Victor Gao published a thoughtful op-ed on CNN underlining how close the $500 billion in annual trade have brought the two countries. As Chinese growth continues Victor underlined the need for greater trust between these two leaders.

Reactions since have focused on a number of areas:

  • The Washington post reports agreement toward banning the greenhouse pollutants, hydroflorocarbons (HFC’s)
  • The Guardian suggests talks hit a snag over cyber-security, given the revelation this week of the espionage program ‘PRISM’  
  • The BBC’s North America Editor, Mark Mardell, comments that developments may have made Obama ” a little less pious, and a bit more realistic”

Coverage widely reports that the talks were constructive and help bring optimism and momentum to diplomatic efforts between the two nations. Check out further comment from Victor Gao below:

CNN – “AmeriChina” looking for trust at the top.

Washington Post – Agreement to wind down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The Guardian – “US-China summit ends with accord on all but cyber-espionage.”

The BBC – “Obama-Xi summit: Less piety, more realism?”

To find out more about Victor Gao, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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