Understanding China then and now: how China’s history shapes its ambitions

This event, hosted by UK think tank BFPG will discuss how China’s history is shaping its modern behaviour and its ambitions.

As Britain and its allies monitor the rise of China with close caution, there is a need to improve institutional and public understanding of the Chinese state, and the Chinese people. Western knowledge of contemporary China’s intentions is often poor, and in part limited by the imbalance of cultural and linguistic understanding between them. China’s modern philosophy and its strategy objectives are heavily influenced by its history – yet even a nation such as Britain, which holds substantive historical links to China, rarely affords this much attention. Join the BFPG and three of the most perceptive thinkers on China to discuss how China’s history is shaping its modern behaviour and its ambitions.


Two of our speakers will be discussing their new books:

Professor Rana Mitter, the Director of the Oxford University’s China Centre, is the author of ‘China’s Good War: How World War II is Shaping a New Nationalism’.

Bill Hayton, an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and a BBC News Journalist, is the author of The Invention of China.

Isabel Hilton, an international broadcast and print journalist and writer of great renown, and the founder and editor of Chinadialogue – an independent, non-profit organisation based in London.

The event will be chaired by Sophia GastonDirector of the British Foreign Policy Group, and the author, with Professor Mitter, of a major new study – ‘After the Golden Age: Resetting UK-China Relations’.

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