Edge Hill University’s Centre for International Education presents the event China in the World, a panel session that examines the implications of the growth of China as a 21st century superpower.
Michael Reilly – Chief Representative, China, BAE Systems (International) Ltd.
Michael Reilly joined BAE Systems in October 2010 to head the development of the company’s business opportunities in China. Before this, Michael had spent more than 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, undertaking roles such Deputy Head of Mission in Manila, Head of South East Asia department in the Foreign Office and Director of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan from 2005 – 2009. In his talk, Michael will offer his personal views on the future direction of China, the world’s second largest economy that has grown at an average annual rate of 10% for 30 years. Its growth has brought cheaper consumer goods for us but also higher energy and raw material prices as demand soars to meet its needs. Will it continue to grow and if so what are the implications for all of us?
Lew Baxter – Author, Journalist and Publisher
Lew Baxter is an author, journalist and publisher with over 40 years’ experience. He has strong ties to China, where he worked between 1993 and 2000 as consultant editor (English language) at the Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, and as an English language editor for Beijing Review magazine. He also acted as a media advisor for the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, helping to edit a range of English language papers and newsletters. In the late 1990s he was Beijing bureau chief for the USA-owned Phillips Publishing International Group and has written for China Daily, the Shanghai Star, China Today and the Hong Kong Standard, amongst others in the Far East. He is currently co-founder and editorial director of the Sino Creative Practice and China Photos, a committee member and media secretary of the respected UK based 48 Group Club, and has edited several bi-lingual books such as The Icebreakers and Bond of Friendship. As a UK based journalist, Lew is widely published, writing for titles such as Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, The Scotsman, and The Guardian. He continues to work professionally with the specialist features department in Xinhua and with the foreign languages institutes of several Chinese universities. In his talk, Lew will question how – and why – the Chinese media are currently – and vigorously – pursuing a government brief to ‘Go Global’ – like the business community – in order to present ‘a positive face for China on the world stage and help promote China’s culture and history’.
To book a place email Margaret Carleton