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.

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

10.00am to 11.15am Norton Rose LLP
The growth of China - threat or opportunity?

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

11.15am to 12.00pm Norton Rose LLP
The China and human rights controversy

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

12.15pm to 1.15pm Norton Rose LLP
Choking on growth - from Yellow Peril to Green Menace!

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

12.15pm to 1.15pm Norton Rose LLP
China’s new cultural revolution

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

2.15pm to 3.00pm Norton Rose LLP
China’s intellectual renaissance

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

3.15pm to 4.15pm Norton Rose LLP
Dammed if you do and damned if you don’t

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

3.15pm to 4.15pm Norton Rose LLP
Is China the economic saviour of the 21st century?

 
 Saturday 12 July 2008

4.45pm to 6.00pm Norton Rose LLP
Should we all learn Mandarin? China’s role in the new world order

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