China’s Elderly – The Old, The Wise and The Burden

By Liam Flaine, Studying Finance, Accounting and Management at the University of Nottingham UK. China’s booming commerce industries have caused economic growth levels to soar. In every aspect, China remains a growing superpower. Nevertheless, despite its thriving economical development, ironically it is China’s most durable, legitimate citizens that are inevitably going to restrict further development …

The Rise of China: a threat to the world, or a model for the rest?

By Edward Pode, Studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham UK. The question of whether China’s recent growth marks it as a model to be followed by other countries around the world or sets it up as a threat to them is dependent on several assumptions.  Firstly it presupposes that the two characteristics are mutually …

China and the West – Opposite attracts?

By Hans-Christian Mehrens, Studying International Relations at the University of Nottingham UK. Shanghai… Food Market… One song on my mind: “I’m a legal alien. I’m an Englishman in Shanghai!” Indisputably, we as Europeans are as much of an attraction to the local Chinese population as it is the other way round. Everywhere we went, pictures …

Nǐhǎo Shìjiè: Hello World

By Lucy Kirkup, Studying Modern Languages with Business at the University of Nottinham UK. When Brits travel abroad the stereotype is that they are pretty lazy when it comes to learning languages. I must admit that this generalisation has some truth to it. However, being a student of languages myself, I despair when I think …

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

By Finbar Edmond Hughes, Studying American and Canadian Studies with English at the University of Birmingham. The title of this blog comes from a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States of America and in the words of President Harry S. Truman the ‘First Lady of the World’. Therefore …

Summer School 2013

By Abdullah Ahmed Nur, Studying Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus Summer School made my summer of 2013 count as one of the best summers of my life. I chose to attend the course “China, the Rising Superpower” to learn and experience Chinese culture, which is one …

Is China Ready for a China-style World Order?

By Dr. Xiaoling Zhang, Head of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham. Scholars and observers of China alike have noticed that with an increased sense of confidence, pride and ambition derived from its growing economic power, China is shifting away from …

Soft Power Success

By Tony Hong, First Year PhD Student in Contemporary Chinese Studies. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. It used to be said among the students of Contemporary Chinese Studies that once you have read one book or article on the “Rise of China”, you have read them all. In fact we would all do our …

Why China?

By Professor Stephen L. Morgan, Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Professor of Chinese Economic History at the University of Nottingham. ‘Why China?’ is a question many have been asked over the years. For today’s student or business person the answer might seem glaringly obvious: China is now the second-largest …