‘Politics of AI in China’

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China’s open ambition to become a global AI superpower has attracted considerable policy, media and academic attention. This talk will focus on national strategy, security and governance aspects of China’s AI approach. It will discuss why China’s AI approach is sophisticated and multifaced, and how it has brought about both considerable benefits and challenges to China.

Jinghan Zeng is Professor of China and International Studies at Lancaster University. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer of International Relations and Director of Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East at Royal Holloway, University of London. Before his academic career, he worked for the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York City.

Professor Zeng’s research lies in the field of China’s domestic and international politics. He is the author of Slogan Politics: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts (2020) and The Chinese Communist Party’s Capacity to Rule: Ideology, Legitimacy and Party Cohesion (2015). He is also the co-editor of One Belt, One Road, One Story? Towards an EU-China Strategic Narrative (2021). He has published over twenty refereed articles in leading journals of politics, international relations and area studies including The Pacific ReviewJournal of Contemporary ChinaInternational AffairsJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies and Third World Quarterly.

He frequently appears in TV and radio broadcasts including the BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Russia Today (RT), China Central Television (CCTV) and China Global Television Network (CGTN). He has been quoted in print/online publications including Financial TimesForbesSouth China Morning Post, PULSO and TODAY. He has written op-ed articles for The Diplomat, BBC(Chinese), The Conversation, Policy Forum among others.