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‘China and the Barbarians’ by Henk Schulte Nordholt

14 February at 20:00 - 22:00

In 2014, Liu Yunshan, one of the 7 most powerful people in China, published the 5 Dimensions of Legitimacy. In it, he calls the Party a historical necessity, claims the Party has the support of the people because of its successful governing, and makes the case that the Party has embedded itself in Chinese Culture. What is so notable about this document, according to renowned Sinologist Henk Schulte-Nordholt, is that is can be seen as a de facto farewell from the classic Marxist rhetoric. In the past decade, the Chinese Communist Party has more and more been reappropriating ancient philosophers like Confucius and Mencius. In the post-Soviet world order, China seems to feel more confident in seeking out its pre-communist past and reinjecting it in its society.

With over 1.4 billion inhabitants, a roaring economy, and an ever-increasing influence in world affairs, China has the potential to become one of the most powerful countries the world has ever seen. The Chinese Communist Party is well aware of this, and their recent geopolitical moves, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, show this. Therefore, the question remains: what can we expect from China? How does this recent cultural change influence China’s politics? 

To talk about these questions, we will be joined by Henk Schulte-Nordholt. He is a renowned entrepreneur and Sinologist, having written multiple books on the subject. His most successful book, China and the Barbarians, dealing with the questions above, has recently been translated into English. He will talk to us about his book, his life, and whatever questions you might have for him. 

This event is free and open to everyone. 


14 February
20:00 - 22:00


Van Swinderen Huys
Oude Boteringestraat 19
Groningen, 9712GC
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