‘More cosmopolitan, more lively, more global’ is how the China Daily summed up the year 2016 in China. It was also a year of more control. The Chinese Communist Party laid down strict new rules of conduct for its members, continued to assert its dominance over everything from the Internet to the South China Sea and announced a new Five-Year Plan that Greenpeace called ‘quite possibly the most important document in the world in setting the pace of acting on climate change’. The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control surveys the year in China’s economy, population planning, law enforcement and reform, environment, Internet, medicine, religion, education, historiography, foreign affairs, and culture as well as developments in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control will be launched by Senator Dean Smith, Senator for WA. The launch will feature an in-conversation with the contributors of the Yearbook.
Kent Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. He joined the University of Western Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Community & Engagement) in 2014. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that foundational director of the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. Kent is on the New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, the Board of Canberra Grammar School, and the Board of the International Education Association of Australia.
Jane Golley is an economist focused on a range of Chinese transition and development issues. She is the Deputy Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University, and head of the China Numbers research stream. Her career has taken her from the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury to the World Bank in Washington DC, and the UNU’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki. Jane was the president of the Chinese Economic Society Australia in 2010–2012, and continues to be an active member of that society.
Benjamin Penny is the Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University, and head of the China Everyday research stream. Penny is a historian of religions in China who has worked on medieval China, the nineteenth century and contemporary times. His most recent book is The Religion of Falun Gong (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012) and he is currently working on a monograph concerning expatriate scholarship in Shanghai after the first Opium War, as well as co-editing East Asian History.
Senator Dean Smith was selected to represent WA in the Senate in May 2012. Following the election of the Coalition Government in September 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. He is also Chair of the Coalition Backbench Committee on Communications and the Coalition Backbench Committee on Energy and Resources. In 2014 he was appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia and the Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment. Prior to entering the Senate he had previously held senior commercial roles at Australia’s most prominent corporations—Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and SingTel Optus. His parliamentary experience is complimented by extensive policy experience as an adviser to former Premier of Western Australia, Richard Court, and Prime Minister, John Howard, and other Federal Government Ministers. He is a former Chair of the ‘Australia Asia Young Leaders Program’ and is an alumni of the ‘AsiaLink Young Leaders Program’. He has been a strong and active advocate of Australia’s engagement with China and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia
* The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control is a free publication; copies will be distributed at the launch.
Adelaide Launch, 4 July 2017: http://bit.ly/2ukQ8Vi
Sydney Launch, 11 July 2017: http://bit.ly/2s4uqDW