Will China Dominate the 21st Century? 6th May

Join us on Wed 6th May 18.30-20.00 at the University of Edinburgh Business School when Jonathan Fenby will speak about his recent book of the same title, in which he outlines the challenges that China faces during its recent phase of spectacular growth.


Jonathan Fenby is former deputy editor of The Guardian 1988–1993; editor of The Observer 1993 –1995 and editor of The South China Morning Post 1995-1999.

He currently runJonathan Fenbys the China team at Trusted Sources, an emerging markets research and consultancy firm he founded. He is a leading analyst on China with a strong following in the investment community.

Jonathan’s specialist area is policy interpretation, politics and the broader political economy. He is the author of eight books on China. His ‘History of Modern China’ for Penguin Press and Harper Collins was chosen as one of the books of the year for 2008 by The Economist and Financial Times. He broadcasts frequently on CNBC, BBC and Bloomberg, among other broadcast media, and lectures on contemporary China in the UK, US, Europe and East Asia.


China has to deal with political, economic, social and international tests, each of which involves structural difficulties that will put the system under strain. Based on the speaker’s extensive knowledge of contemporary China, this event will offer a pragmatic view of where the People’s Republic of China is heading at a time when its future is too important an issue for wishful theorizing.

Jonathan’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Richard Harrison, who is the China lead for the Business School looking at strategic partnership development. They will be joined by University of Edinburgh’s Professor Matthias Zachmann, who specialises in East Asian International relations.

This is a joint event with the Asia Scotland Institute.  Registration is required.

18.00:            Registration
18.30-20.00:  Lecture20.00:            Drinks Reception

Venue: Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, EH8 9JS