China has Arrived as a Geopolitical Superpower

China’s rise to superpower status is the most important geopolitical change of our time. On November 3rd we are excited to host two international experts on this topic, Elizabeth Economy and Shaun Breslin, in discussion with China correspondent for the New York Times, Amy Qin. 

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International time: 22:00 Beijing, 15:00 Oslo, 10:00 (AM) Washington DC.

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Book coverElizabeth Economy’s new book, The World According to China, is released at the end of October 2021 and tackles the question of how China plans to reshape the geopolitical landscape in new ways. With Xi Jinping’s vision of Chinese centrality on the global stage, what does China’s arrival as a superpower mean for the rest of the world?


Book coverShaun Breslin will present his recent book China Risen? Studying Chinese Global Power. Drawing on Chinese-language debates and discussions, this book explains the roles of different actors and interests in Chinese international relations. How do these influence the nature of Chinese strategies for global change?


Amy Qin will share her expertise as a China correspondent for the New York Times to chair this seminar. She is in a unique position to point our attention to the most pressing issues in China’s current domestic and foreign policy.


Shaun Breslin

Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.  Breslin is a leading British expert on Chinese politics and economy, globalisation, regionalism, governance and international political economy. He is the author of several acclaimed books in Chinese Studies, co-editor of Pacific Review, scientific advisor for FORAC, senior research fellow at Wong MNC Center, as well as an associate senior research fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.


Elizabeth Economy

Senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Economy is a renowned expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, who has published several best-selling books on China topics. She is also a frequent guest on internationally broadcast television, has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and regularly consults for US government agencies and companies.


Amy Qin

She is an international correspondent for The New York Times, covering the intersection of culture, politics and society in China. She will chair this seminar.



Heidi Østbø Haugen

The seminar series is hosted by Heidi Østbø Haugen, professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. She heads the ERC-funded project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex).


Other events in the Brokex Autumn 2021 Seminar Series


China’s Economy: Challenges Created by the Reform Era

Date and time: 8 September 2021. 21:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Scott Rozelle: Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China´s Rise

Isabella Weber: How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate

Discussant: Wendy Leutert


Inequality in Contemporary China

Date and time: 6 October 2021. 21:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Reza Hasmath: Ethnicity and Inequality in China

Manfred Elfstrom: Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness

Discussant: Jingyu Mao


Chinese Roads of Communication: Narratives of Connectivity

Date and time: 1 December 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Gary Sigley: China´s Route Heritage: Mobility Narratives, Modernity and the Ancient Tea Horse Road

Eyck Freymann: One Belt One Road: Chinese Power Meets the World

Discussant: Özge Söylemez



The seminar is organised by Siv H. Oftedal, researcher at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, as part of the project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex). The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 802070) and the Research Council of Norway (project ID 275002). 

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Published Aug. 31, 2021 8:03 PM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2021 5:18 PM