About the seminar
China’s relations with its south can be divided into two sets of experiences, one mainly overland and the other maritime. The former is remote and the latter is “semi-Mediterranean”. Both experiences were first transformed by the Mongol invasions of the 13th century and then by the naval intrusions after the 16th centuries that created a new maritime globalism. Since 1945, yet another change calls for rethinking: ASEAN regionalism in the midst of a two-ocean political and economic structure. What does China’s call for renewed “Silk Routes” mean in this framework?
About the speaker
Professor Gungwu Wang is National University of Singapore University Professor (formerly Director, East Asian Institute) and Emeritus Professor of Australian National University.
His recent books include Chinese Overseas and China: Wang Gengwu’s Selected works (2013); Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (2013); Wang Gungwu: Educator and Scholar (Edited by Zheng Yongnian and Phua Kok Khoo) (2013); and Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform (2014).
He is a Fellow and former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE); Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. In Singapore, he is Chairman of the East Asian Institute, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Professor Wang received his BA (Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Malaya in Singapore, and his PhD at the University of London (1957). From 1986 to 1995, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.