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  • Speaker | 9 December, 2019

    Where next for China’s energy sector? A global climate question

    As we enter the second week of this year’s UN climate negotiations, in which many hope China will play a leading role, the FCCC turns its attention to one of the most critical components in controlling global emissions — China’s enormous energy sector. As the current Five Year Plan comes to a close next year and as local governments push power sector infrastructure projects to boost struggling GDP figures, in what direction can we expect China’s energy sector to head over the next five years? Will we see the country further feed its coal addiction, as an alarming report from Global Energy Monitor recently warned? Will we see the notion of “clean coal”, as recently touted by Li Keqiang in a high level speech, gain ground? Or will China’s renewables and electric vehicles sectors continue growing at a world-leading pace? And what does this all mean for China’s and the world’s emissions?

    Voices within China’s energy sector are divided, with a number of industry associated groups calling for an expansion of coal power, while other researchers and experts cautioning that this could worsen overcapacity in the sector, lead to more power plant bankruptcies, and more emissions.

    Where next for China’s energy sector? Join Anders Hove, Director of the German Energy Transition Expertise for China programme at GIZ, for a discussion on this critical topic.


    Anders Hove is an energy research analyst and project director located in Beijing, China. He is a Fellow with the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. He also serves as Project Director at GIZ China, where his work relates to coordinating German energy transition expertise for the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission as well as coordinating various GIZ research and advisory activities related to green infrastructure finance. He has almost 20 years of public and private sector experience related to energy policy and markets, including nine years on Wall Street and nine years in China. Hove has both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from MIT, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is the author of numerous reports and studies related to the energy sector in China.

    Speaker | 11 December, 2019

    The Catholic Church and the Chinese State: Control, Contention and Negotiation

    This talk will examine the history of the interaction between the Catholic Church and the Chinese State. Most scholarship on the history of the Church in China has focused on the early modern missions of Jesuit luminaries like Matteo Ricci and the resulting intellectual exchange between the Jesuits and Chinese scholars. Less research has been done on the history of Catholicism in modern China, and those studies that do exist tend to fall into a straightforward narrative of Catholicism benefiting from imperialism in the nineteenth century, gaining toleration and encouragement in the Republican era, and then being suppressed in the Communist era. But the reality was far more complex. In many ways, there were continuities in the ambitions of the Chinese state to control Catholicism from the late Qing into the People’s Republic era. At the same time, local realities on the ground typically forced a conciliatory approach. Thus, the era of High Maoism (1958-76) when the Church was suppressed outright can be seen as an exception to the rule of Chinese statecraft towards the Catholic Church. In tracing the history of the Church in modern China, this talk will consider Catholicism alongside other religious communities, including current efforts by the government to “Sinicize” Islam and Christianity.
    Steven Pieragastini is a Lecturer in Asian Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He received his PhD in History from Brandeis University in February 2017, and is writing a book on the history of the Catholic Church in modern China. He has also published on the history of universities in Shanghai and the intersection of imperial projects in China’s borderland regions.