China Centre Newsletter Archive - Hilary Term 2013

China Centre Newsletter - Hilary 2013

Welcome to the China Centre Newsletter Hilary 2013 Edition.  The University of Oxford China Centre joins together academics from across the whole university, co-ordinating activities in all areas of study of China.  The University of Oxford China Centre plays a key role in the University's strategy to strengthen its relationship with China and other centres of scholarship in Chinese studies worldwide. The Centre advances the expertise of the University's outstanding academics by encouraging original research, publication, joint projects and collaboration with scholars and institutions in China, the UK and elsewhere.





  • In November Professor Christine Wong joined an International Monetary Fund high-level technical consultation mission to China to discuss fiscal institutions with the Ministry of Finance.  Later that month she gave a public lecture in the Contemporary China Studies Public Lecture series at the University of Hong Kong, and a seminar for the Cross-Party Group on China for the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 28 November.  On 16-18 December Prof. Wong participated at a conference at Wilton Park on the Implications and Opportunities of the 18th Party Congress and spoke on public policy and social governance issues.
  • Professor Wu Jinglian, one of China's most influential economists, delivered the ODID, TMD Centre & Cairncross Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecture on 5 December 2012 in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College. Professor Wu’s Lecture focused on 'The Challenges in China's Economic Policy and System Reforms in a Changing Global Economy'. Professor Adrian Wood was the invited discussant. The PPT of Prof Wu’s lecture and the notes of Prof Wood’s comments can be downloaded from .
  • Professor Xiaolan Fu spoke at the plenary sessions of the 1st Global EURAXESS Links Conference entitled "Linking Researchers Worldwide" in Beijing. Together with two other speakers, she also met Mr Markus Ederer, Ambassador of the EU to China, and discussed suggestions on strengthening EU-China research exchange. EURAXESS is managed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and the European Research Area.
  • On 24 October 2012, former Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spoke to a packed audience at a lecture in the Manor Road lecture theatre, organized by Rana Mitter jointly with the Oxford China Centre and the Department of Politics and International Relations.  Rudd's speech warned of the need for a "Pax Pacifica" without which tensions between the US and China might escalate in worrying ways.
  • Professor Rosemary Foot gave a keynote lecture at the inaugural conference of the University of Sydney's China Studies Institute on December 6th 2012. It was called "The Disruption of China's Resurgence: Reflections from an International Relations Perspective."
  • Professor Xiaolan Fu was recently interviewed and cited along with five other China experts by the People’s Daily in its ‘The Year in Review’ published on 24 December. She discussed the trend in China's economy and its interaction with the rest of the world. She also participated the EC workshop on MNEs and innovation and the ‘Galvernizing Growth’ conference organised by the Blavatnik School of Government as panellist and moderator, and has given seminars at Tsinghua and Peking University.



  • Dr Paul Irwin Crookes and Dr Jan Knoerich are co-organising an international workshop hosted by the Taiwan Studies Programme at St Antony’s College, Oxford, on the 5th March 2013. The workshop, ‘Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions’, has attracted panel speakers of very high quality and will examine how the acceleration of technology-led upgrading shapes three key dimensions of the cross-Strait relationship: the overarching security context; the economic context; and the cultural context.
  • The Institute for Chinese Studies and the Contemporary China Studies Programme will be co-hosting weekly seminars every Thursday.  Please check the ‘Events’ section of the website for further details.
  • The Department of Economics and the Contemporary China Studies Programme will hold weekly seminars every Wednesday in the Manor Road Building. 
  • The Technology & Management for Development Centre (TMD) and the National Centre for Entrepreneurship and the National Innovation Research Centre of Tsinghua University will co-organise the 6th Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference on 29-30th August this year. The conference Call for Papers can be found at
  • Xu Bing: Landscape Landscript - 28th February 2013 to 19th May 2013 The Ashmolean’s 2013 exhibition programme opens with the Museum’s first major exhibition of contemporary art. Xu Bing has become one of China’s best known and critically acclaimed artists, exhibiting in solo exhibitions and winning awards around the world. Landscape Landscript will be the first exhibition devoted to his landscapes.


  • Professor Xiaolan Fu, Director of the Technology & Management for Development Centre, has been invited to the Advisory Board of the DFID/ESRC Growth Program Directorate (DEGP). She will work with fellow advisors, Prof Justin Lin and Prof Hubert Schmitz, to advise on the Directorate's research and impact in the area of innovation and productivity growth in low income countries.
  • Marc Szepan, a doctoral student at Saïd Business School, has been named one of Aviation Week & Space Technology’s(AW&ST) ‘40 Under Forty: Rising Stars of Aerospace and Aviation’. Marc is co-supervised by Professor Mari Sako and by Dr. Eric Thun. Marc’s research broadly focuses on globalization strategies of emerging market firms with particular reference to China.



  • Prof. Christine Wong has recently published the following:

“Some Suggestions for Improving China’s Municipal Finance for the 21st Century”, the inaugural Paulson Policy Memorandum, the Paulson Institute, University of Chicago, December 2012.

“Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation in China”, World Bank PREM notes, Special Series on the Nuts and Bolts of M&E Systems.  December 2012.

“Toward Building Performance-Oriented Management in China:  the Critical Role of M&E and the Long Road Ahead”, World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, ECD Working Paper Series No. 27, September 2012.