Sydney Launch — China’s Power: Hard, Soft and Sharp

Book Launch


Jane Golley, Linda Jaivin, David Brophy James Reilly


L17 One International Towers, PwC, Watermans Quay, Barangaroo, NSW 2000


Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 - 17:30 to 19:00

The China Story Yearbook: Power Sydney Launch features 'China’s Power:  Hard, Soft and Sharp' panel discussion.

In 2018, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was more powerful than at any other time in its modern history and one of the most powerful countries in the world. The China Story Yearbook: Power surveys the various ways in which the Party-state wields its hard, soft, and sharp power, both in China and abroad. Citizens of the PRC have long had to negotiate the state’s power and influence in their life. Increasingly, diaspora communities and non-Chinese citizens, companies and governments around the world are learning to do the same. Some submit, some push back.

Jane Golley and Linda Jaivin, two of the book’s co-editors, will be joined by two of the book’s contributing authors, David Brophy and James Reilly, to discuss ‘Girl Power’, soft culture, the debate surrounding Chinese influence in Australia, China’s economic statecraft in North Korea and more.

The Yearbook: Power will be launched by Dr Geoff Raby, Chairman and CEO of Geoff Raby & Associates, Former Australia’s Ambassador to China (2007-2011).

David Brophy is a senior lecturer in Modern Chinese History at the University of Sydney. He completed his PhD at Harvard University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU before coming to Sydney. His first book was a history of Uyghur nationalism, Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier (2016), and he is currently researching on Islam in the Qing Dynasty and Republican China with the support of an ARC DECRA fellowship.

Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU). Her research covers a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including the Belt and Road Initiative and gender inequalities in education and income. She is a co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series, including Power, published in 2019.

Linda Jaivin is an essayist, cultural commentator and the author of eleven books, including seven novels, a Quarterly Essay (Found in Translation) and a China memoir (Monkey and the Dragon). As a film translator, she has subtitled a number of well-known Chinese films into English, including Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, Zhang Yimou’s Hero and Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine. She is a co-editor of the China Story Yearbook and an editorial associate at the Centre on China in the World at the ANU.

James Reilly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford (2008-09) and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2015-16).  He also served as the East Asia Representative of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in China from 2001-2008. He is the author of Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy (Columbia University Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40 (UNSW Press, 2012).


PwC Sydney

China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney


The China Story Yearbook: Power is available for purchase at a discounted price of $20 (RRP$45) at the launch. All proceeds will go towards funding the next Yearbook.



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