China and the environment: Ecological Civilisation and its discontents

About "Virtual Engagements on Global China" Speaker Series

This public lecture series features international scholars and experts on a wide range of topics related to China's global presence and impacts. Each seminar will begin with a 30-min presentation, followed by another 30 mins of Q&A. The series is free and open to the global public. Participants must register before each seminar.

"VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENTS ON GLOBAL CHINA" SPEAKER SERIES :China and the environment: Ecological Civilisation and its discontents

Dr. Sam GEALL (Executive Director, China Dialogue)

15th April 2021 (Thurs) 20:00 (HK) / 13:00 (London)

Format: Zoom Webinar

Language: English

Please REGISTER HERE to secure your place


The Chinese government has stated its intention to take the lead on climate change, and “Ecological Civilisation” has become an important slogan for Chinese President Xi Jinping. China has demonstrated a remarkable energy transformation in its domestic market. But Chinese firms, private and state-owned alike, are finding an outlet for overcapacity and shrinking domestic markets by exporting carbon-intensive production overseas. This presents a challenge to the vision of a cleaner power sector in many countries, particularly those at an important inflection point in their development. This talk will examine the impact, drivers and likely trajectory of China’s development and overseas investments, from rhetoric to reality.


About the speaker:

Dr Sam Geall is Executive Director of China Dialogue, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Associate Faculty at the University of Sussex. He has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, and edited China and the Environment: The Green Revolution, published by Zed Books in 2013. He is also Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS; Fellow of the RSA (FRSA); and Trustee of the EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange. His research focuses on climate and environmental politics in China, and China’s overseas impact through the Belt and Road Initiative, particularly in the Mekong region.


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