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[Adelaide Launch] China Story Yearbook 2016: Control 治

Senator the Hon. Penny Wong; Dr Benjamin Penny; Dr Jane Golley; Dr Gerry Groot; Ms Annie Drahos

5:30pm - 7:30pm
04 Jul 2017
Napier Lecture Theatre 102 Level 1, Napier Building North Terrace Campus The University of Adelaide, SA 5005


The University of Adelaide and the Australian Centre on China in the World warmly invite to celebrate the Adelaide launch of the China Story Yearbook 2016: Control 治 on 4 July 2017.

‘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 the Hon. Penny Wong, followed by a panel discussion with China experts and contributors to the Yearbook. 

Ms Annie Drahos completed her Honours Degree (first class) in Asian Studies in 2016 at the University of Adelaide, for which she researched character reform, digitisation, naming rights and citizen-state relations in contemporary China. She currently works as a translator and tutor in Chinese language, culture and society.
Dr 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.
Deputy Director, Australian Centre on China in the World
The Australian National University
Dr Gerry Groot is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies in the Department of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World. Gerry has published on a variety of issues including crisis management in China, soft power, contemporary united front work, and South Australia-China relations. A revised version of Gerry's PhD thesis appeared in 2004 as the book, Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, United Front Work, Corporatism, and Hegemony (Routledge), which was launched by the then opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, Kevin Rudd. 
Dr 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 the Hon. Penny Wong
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Labor Senator for South Australia
Penny is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. She was born in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her family as an eight year old where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters.
Before entering politics Penny worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government, and as a lawyer. Penny was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002.
Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007 Penny was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water and later served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In 2013 Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate.  
After the change of Government she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.  Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles. 

* The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control is a free publication; copies will be distributed at the launch.


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