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    The Moral Narrative of the Communist Party: Its Secret Source of Power

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    Date(s) - 16/03/2018
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Embassy of Denmark


    San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, Beijing, China


    (10) 8532 9900



    Entrance Fee

    Non-member fee: 100RMB

    Most people locate the Communist Party’s power in the use of hard levers – organisation, information control, control of finance and policy levers. What is less attended to, argues our speaker, is its desire to control narratives – and in particular the ways in which under Xi Jinping these narratives have grown so powerful and important in mobilising Chinese people’s emotions in a way that traditional ideology fails to. This talk by Professor Kerry Brown will address this issue, and is based on a new book out in September 2018, `China’s Dreams: The Culture of the Communist Party and its Secret Sources of Power’ (Polity).

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. From 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this he worked at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Programme. From 1998 to 2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section. He lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. He is the author of over ten books on modern Chinese politics, history and language, the most recent of which are The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (2014), What’s Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China (2015) and the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (in Four Volumes- 2014-2015). His ‘China’s CEO: Xi Jinping’ was published in 2016. ‘China’s World: What Does China Want’ was published in August 2017. He is currently working on a study of the Communist Party of China as a cultural movement.

    ENTRANCE: FCCC Members free, non-members 100RMB.


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