SOAS: How healthy is China?

Date: Monday 29 June 2015, 7.15pm – 9pm
Venue: Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Food security, energy supply, environmental sustainability and rising inequality – these intertwined issues play a crucial role in the ongoing health, or otherwise, of any nation. In China, the world’s most populous country, and one that has experienced the most complex and dynamic economic growth of the last two millennia, such issues are played out on a massive scale against a complex cultural and historical background, with national and global effect.

The SOAS China Institute houses the largest community of China scholars in Europe, with over 50 academics, and is host to the oldest professorship of Chinese in the UK. It harnesses this deep expertise to create a space where dialogue is always welcomed, where global business, NGO and government leaders, media and world-class scholars from across the world rub shoulders, argue, share knowledge and build understanding.

At our second annual China Debate, senior-level experts from different sectors will explore the question ‘How healthy is China?’ and offer their personal and professional insights into China’s economic, political, cultural and environmental health.


The panel will follow a Question Time format, and audience members are asked to come with thought-provoking questions for our panellists, who will be as follows:

Moderator: Sir Christopher Hum KCMG – Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, British Ambassador to China 2002-2005
Ms Isabel Hilton OBE – CEO and Editor of chinadialogue
Ms Beverly LW Sunn – Founder & President, Asia Pacific Properties Mobility Limited
Professor Andrew G. Walder – Stanford University

A reception will follow the panel discussion in Macmillan Hall at Senate House, to which all guests are invited.


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Online Registration