The Global China Dialogue Series

World in Turmoil

The road to peace and development is strewn with numerous risks and challenges. The international system and order are constantly changing, and there are profound changes in the balance of power.

All countries, whether developing or developed, are having to adapt to this ever-shifting international and social environment, while the process of modernization in some countries has been interrupted or has spilled out to create global turmoil as a result of the conflicts and contradictions brought about by cultural, religious and social transformation.

At the same time, rapid developments in technology and society have had a profound impact on patterns of thinking, behaviour and interaction and on the moral principles of different countries and groups.

They have also constantly challenged established ideas of good governance, including the functions of government in the globalization era and the pros and cons of the participation of non-government organizations.

The changes and challenges are myriad: digital technology, mobile communications and the popularization of the internet, the coexistence of cultural homogenization and diversity, ethnic and religious conflicts, the collision between giant multinational corporations and national sovereignty, changes in social norms as a result of scientific innovations, the decisive influence of regional economies on national economic development, the constraints of climate change and the discovery and adoption of new energy sources. Cultural diversity and transculturalism have become part of people’s daily life.

Confronted with such challenges, national leaders devise development strategies that reflect both the status quo and their long-term goals. Business leaders and entrepreneurs also invest substantial resources in studying the impact of the changing international economy and financial order on the development of enterprises. Experts and scholars focus on the efficiency of global governance and cultural factors that have quietly exerted great influence, and explore how culture and ideology enhance global and social governance.

Such efforts and initiatives are moves in the same direction: towards reaching an in-depth understanding of the knowledge systems of the human community and the development of a ‘global cultural sphere’ beyond any single culture, state or nationality, under the condition of global governance. Thus, the theme of the development and governance of China, Europe and the world has gradually become one of the key research interests of scholars worldwide.

China in a Changing World

China and the Chinese people are currently making an important contribution to the 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 wish to engage Western audiences in dialogues on topics that arise from these questions, including development, education, economics, migration, the family, the environment, public health, human security and global governance.

For nearly three decades, China has been implementing a ‘going out’ (走出去) policy to encourage its enterprises to invest overseas. The policy embraces not only the economy but also finance, language, culture, sciences, technology, social sciences, publishing and the media, and under its provisions an international investment bank (亚投行) has been established.

Through his visits to 55 countries, President Xi Jinping himself has promoted the Belt and Road (B&R一带一路) regional development strategy and China’s governance model (治国理政). In his recent visit to the UK, he said ‘As our capabilities grow, we shall shoulder more responsibilities to the best of our ability and contribute China’s wisdom and strength to the world’s economic growth and global governance.’

The Global China Dialogue Series (GCDs)

The West needs to engage 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 (the 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 build a harmonious, symbiosis-based global community.

The series brings Chinese and Western scholars and opinion leaders together in an ongoing project in social creativity, exploring transculturality and cultural generativity, contributing to the development of a ‘global cultural sphere’ beyond any single culture, state or nationality, and contributing to building a harmonious, symbiosis based human community.

The series plans to develop its future programme by continuing to work within the framework of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which accord with UNESCO’s mission of defending peace and the conditions for building sustainable development world through creative intelligence, as follows:

  • 2014 GCD I : The experience of China's modernization from a comparative perspective
  • 2015 GCD II : Transculturality and New Global Governance
  • 2016 GCD III : Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change
  • 2017 GCD IV: The Belt and Road --Transcultural Co-operation for Shared Goals
  • 2018 GCD V: Governance for Global Justice
  • 2019 GCD VII: Governance for World Peace
  • 2020 GCD VI: Reforming Global Governance

The Organizers

The Global China Dialogue series is organized by Global China Institute (Charity No.: 1154640; an affiliate member of the Academy of Social Sciences) in partnership with the Lau China Institute, King’s College London, the China Media Centre of the University of Westminster.

Global China Institute has an overall mission of bringing comparisons with China into a worldwide conversation for the benefit of all. With its network and publications, the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP) and book series, the GCDs aim to bring Chinese and Western thinkers together in debate and research that will generate shared endeavours to create a world that benefits all humankind. The GCDs showcase transcultural practice on global issues and governance by organizing events collaboratively between academia, government, international organizations and NGOs.

The GCDs has received enthusiastic support from the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy to the UK, the British Sociological Association, academic institutions and all the supporters and sponsors that are participating in this event.

Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)


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

General Secretary Mr Philip Hao, CEO, UVIC Group, UK;  Vice-General Secretary, Global China Institute


  • Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary Vice-President of the British Sociological Association (BSA), Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales, UK 
  • Dr Dongning Feng, Senior Lecturer, former Director of the Centre for Translation Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • Emeritus Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Department of Anthropology, LSE, UK
  • Mr Chris Henson, Membership Secretary, Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, UK
  • Professor Martin Jacques, Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK; Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, China
  • Professor LI Qiang, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University; former President of Chinese Sociological Association, China    
  • Professor Wei Li FAcSS, Chair of Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College of London, UK
  • Professor LUO Jiaojiang, Dean of Institute of Social Development, Wuhan University, China; Deputy Director of  Global China Institute, UK  
  • Professor Tony McEnery FAcSS, FRSA,  Interim Chief Executive and Director of Research, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK
  • Professor ZHANG Letian, Director of the Centre for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Director of Contemporary China Social Life Data and Research Centre (CCSLC), Fudan University, China; and Co-Director of Global China Institute, 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 (JCCP)
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • London Society for Chinese Studies, UK
  • 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 
  • UVIC Group, UK

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