Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, Main Campus, The University of Hong Kong, (Directions)
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The Fight for China’s Future: Civil Society vs. the Chinese Communist Party throws light on the quintessence of 21st century Chinese politics through the prism of the struggle between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China’s vibrant intelligentsia and civil society. The book examines Xi Jinping’s 24-hour, multidimensional, AI-enabled police-state apparatus and explores the CCP’s policy towards civil society. Through exclusive interviews with activists from different provinces, Willy Wo-Lap Lam analyzes the experiences and aspirations of key stakeholders in Chinese society, especially intellectuals, human rights attorneys and the underground Christian church. Dr. Lam provides an examination of recent global trends in relation to CCP policies, including China’s confrontation with the U.S., and also goes on to explore the possible trajectories of future change. In his talk, Dr. Lam will share his assessment of Xi Jinping’s hard-authoritarian leadership and the opportunities this has given civil society groups to promote the rule of law, media freedom and other global norms.
Willy Wo-Lap Lam is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for China Studies, the Department of History, and the Master’s Programme in Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era (M.E. Sharpe, 2006), Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (Routledge, 2015), and the editor of Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party (2018). Dr Lam’s research focuses on Chinese elite politics, political and economic reform, the civil society, and foreign policy.