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Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London, and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, London.

He is the author of The New Emperors (I.B. Tauris, 2014), a book on the leadership of modern China.

Trump, China, and Ah Q
October 12, 2018
Trump, China, and Ah Q
Trump proves that the spirit of Lu Xun’s Ah Q is alive and well in China.
Trump, China, and Ah Q
How China Is Losing the World
September 25, 2018
How China Is Losing the World
China’s over-reach risks creating a wellspring of resistance to its global ambitions.
How China Is Losing the World
The West's Difficult China Choice
September 04, 2018
The West's Difficult China Choice
China, the West and the question of loyalty.
The West's Difficult China Choice
Xi and the Trade War: The Curse of the Strong Leader
July 23, 2018
Xi and the Trade War: The Curse of the Strong Leader
Xi's dominance means he gets all the praise when things go right -- and all the blame when they don't.
Xi and the Trade War: The Curse of the Strong Leader
Football and the China Dream
July 06, 2018
Football and the China Dream
Even when playing the same game, China's aims are different.
Football and the China Dream
What Does China Really Think of North Korea?
May 25, 2018
What Does China Really Think of North Korea?
Forget talk of “lips and teeth” -- Chinese contempt for North Korea is palpable.
What Does China Really Think of North Korea?
What Has Karl Marx Ever Done for China?
May 14, 2018
What Has Karl Marx Ever Done for China?
The key to Marx's appeal for modern China lies in his conception of history.
What Has Karl Marx Ever Done for China?
China: The Shadow Power for a Shadow Age
April 24, 2018
China: The Shadow Power for a Shadow Age
In an age of illusion, China is among the chief sources of spectacle.
China: The Shadow Power for a Shadow Age
Can China's Great Show of Unity Last?
March 28, 2018
Can China's Great Show of Unity Last?
The CCP is moving full steam ahead toward its 100th anniversary. But what happens after 2021?
Can China's Great Show of Unity Last?
China’s Quest: To Be a Status Super Power
March 12, 2018
China’s Quest: To Be a Status Super Power
China wants the respect and the space accorded to a superpower, but it doesn’t want the responsibilities.
China’s Quest: To Be a Status Super Power
Britain's China Challenge
January 30, 2018
Britain's China Challenge
Ahead of PM Theresa May's visit, there are signs China already views the U.K. as a supplicant rather than an equal.
Britain's China Challenge
Xi Jinping in 2017: The World's Luckiest Man
December 16, 2017
Xi Jinping in 2017: The World's Luckiest Man
Xi Jinping's political dominance owes a great deal to factors completely beyond his control.
Xi Jinping in 2017: The World's Luckiest Man
Modern China and the 2 Great Mountains
December 07, 2017
Modern China and the 2 Great Mountains
Feudalism and imperialism are gone, but China faces new 'mountains': social and environmental issues.
Modern China and the 2 Great Mountains
Speaking up for Yesterday’s Man: Remembering Hu Jintao
October 30, 2017
Speaking up for Yesterday’s Man: Remembering Hu Jintao
Remembering Xi's predecessor, a man who is in danger of being lost to history.
Speaking up for Yesterday’s Man: Remembering Hu Jintao
Reading Between the Lines: Xi’s Epic Speech at the 19th Party Congress
October 24, 2017
Reading Between the Lines: Xi’s Epic Speech at the 19th Party Congress
Is China forging ahead therefore with a system that is intent on never being democratic?
Reading Between the Lines: Xi’s Epic Speech at the 19th Party Congress
The True Deficit with China is Not With Trade -- But Knowledge
October 02, 2017
The True Deficit with China is Not With Trade -- But Knowledge
There is a deficit – not in terms of trade, but knowledge. And the surplus is on China’s side.
The True Deficit with China is Not With Trade -- But Knowledge
No Red Lines? China and North Korea
September 03, 2017
No Red Lines? China and North Korea
Nothing about a North Korea with a ballistic nuclear weapon capability is good for China. It's time for Beijing to act.
No Red Lines? China and North Korea
The 3 Known Unknowns of Xi Jinping’s China
August 10, 2017
The 3 Known Unknowns of Xi Jinping’s China
There are plenty of things we know about China under Xi Jinping -- what do we know we don't know?
The 3 Known Unknowns of Xi Jinping’s China
Liu Xiaobo and the Moral Critique of Contemporary China
July 24, 2017
Liu Xiaobo and the Moral Critique of Contemporary China
Liu's sharpest critiques of the Party were not political, but moral.
Liu Xiaobo and the Moral Critique of Contemporary China
The Curious Case of Ideas in Modern Chinese Politics
July 07, 2017
The Curious Case of Ideas in Modern Chinese Politics
Ideas and political debates matter in China, probably more than ever.
The Curious Case of Ideas in Modern Chinese Politics
What Is China's Meddling in Australia Actually Buying?
June 26, 2017
What Is China's Meddling in Australia Actually Buying?
Of all major liberal, multi-party democracies, Australia may be the most exposed to China.
What Is China's Meddling in Australia Actually Buying?
The Meaning of Tiananmen: 28 Years Later
June 05, 2017
The Meaning of Tiananmen: 28 Years Later
Revisiting the official verdict on the morning of June 4, 1989 would be dangerous for China's Communist Party.
The Meaning of Tiananmen: 28 Years Later
On the Chinese Campaign Trail: The Path to the 19th Party Congress
May 15, 2017
On the Chinese Campaign Trail: The Path to the 19th Party Congress
Imagining what Xi Jinping would say if he had to campaign for re-election in a multi-party contest.
On the Chinese Campaign Trail: The Path to the 19th Party Congress
China’s Geopolitical Aims: The Curious Case of the 16-Plus-1
May 03, 2017
China’s Geopolitical Aims: The Curious Case of the 16-Plus-1
What the odd grouping of 16 Central and European countries says about China's global role.
China’s Geopolitical Aims: The Curious Case of the 16-Plus-1
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