The Battle for China
Saturday 12 July 2008, 09.30 AM until 6.00 PM, Norton Rose LLP
A one day satellite conference of the Battle of Ideas festival and part of CHINA NOW festival, the UK’s largest ever festival of Chinese culture. Organised by the Institute of Ideas in association with CHINA NOW and leading international legal practice Norton Rose LLP.
Venue: London offices Norton Rose LLP, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ.
Co-produced by: Claire Fox, director of the Institute of Ideas and Sheila Lewis, director of Volanti Consulting
Sessions: View sessions listing.
The rise of China as an economic and political power is the subject of much debate in the West. The dramatic awakening of the ‘sleeping giant’ seems to provoke as much fear as admiration. Concerns range from whether rapid industrialisation will lead to social inequality and environmental destruction to the regime’s use of censorship and its role on the world stage. Now – on the eve of the Beijing Olympics – Western criticisms of China have intensified, especially in relation to human rights and Tibet. But when does valid criticism turn into demonisation? Some commentators have noted that China-bashing is the new Olympic sport. This day of discussions aims to provide some balance and allow participants to reflect on and debate some of the key themes associated with China Now.