Slogan Politics - Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts - 2020 Confucius Institute Annual Lecture

Monday 30 November 2020, 11:00am to 12:30pm


Online Event

Open to

All Lancaster University (non-partner) students, Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Prospective International Students, Prospective Postgraduate Students, Prospective Undergraduate Students, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


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Event Details

Professor Jinghan Zeng analyses the purpose of China's foreign policy slogans.

Professor Jinghan Zeng argues that Chinese foreign policy concepts such as “Belt and Road Initiative” should be understood as multifunctional slogans for political communication on the domestic and international stages with purposes to (1) declare intent, (2) assert power and test domestic and international support, (3) promote state propaganda, and(4) call for intellectual support. He highlights the critical role of China’s academic and local actors, as well as international actors, in shaping China’s foreign policy ideas. He also provides insights to understand how Chinese domestic actors exert their influence and voice their narratives to influence China’s policy agenda and debate.

Following his lecture, Professor Zeng's lecture will discuss his ideas with Professor Astrid Nordin and answer questions from the online audience.


Professor Jinghan Zeng

Languages And Cultures, Lancaster University

Jinghan Zeng is a professor in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University where he holds a chair in China and International Studies. He also holds a number of leadership roles at Lancaster University including Academic Director of China Engagement and Director of Lancaster University Confucius Institute. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer of International Relations and Director of Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME) at Royal Holloway,


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