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China and the West - Crossroads of Civilisation

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We are delighted to welcome Prof. Peter Nolan, CBE, one of the world's most distinguished China experts, for our Goldsmiths IMS Economics Seminar!

Human civilisation stands at a crossroads. There are urgent global challenges that need to be confronted, including destruction of the natural environment; inequality; industrial concentration and regulation of the financial system. Looming above all of these is the issue of how to avoid a ‘Clash of Civilisations’ and a New Peloponnesian War. Only by looking deep into the past can one better understand the possible direction that the long-term evolution of world civilisation might take. The relationship between China and the West will play a central role in the path that humanity follows in the decades and centuries ahead.

Peter Nolan holds the Chong Hua Chair (Emeritus) in Chinese Development and is the Founding Director of the University’s Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He is the Director of the Chinese Executive Leadership Programme (CELP), which each year brings CEOs from China’s largest firms to the University of Cambridge. He is Director of the China Centre, Jesus College. The Financial Times commented: ‘Nolan knows more about Chinese companies and their international competition than anyone else on earth, including in China’. He has spoken at the Chinese Government’s annual China Development Forum since its inception in 2000. He has testified at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission of the US Congress, lectured to the Board of the US-China Business Council and at the Group of Thirty (G30) Plenary Session. He was a member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force and the China Council of the World Economic Forum. In 2009 he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) ‘for services supporting China’s integration into the global economy’.

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