Engaging with China: Informing governments, shaping business, enhancing media portrayal


Investigation by the Director of SOAS’s China Institute, Steve Tsang, has enhanced the information of governments across the world as they shaped their China strategy, knowledgeable determination-building and strategic pondering among the multinationals doing the job in China, and has also ensured precise and rigorous representations of Chinese politics and record in the media.

China is reshaping the earth and difficult the classic European and North American dominance in international politics, commerce, culture and intercontinental norm. To tackle this obstacle, coverage makers, small business leaders and media personnel demand a nuanced knowing of China’s tactic to the outside the house globe. However, common theories on global relations – centered primarily on the practical experience of Western states – are inadequate.  As a Leninist party-condition, China does not define countrywide desire as most states do and its behaviour often diverges from mainstream theories of worldwide relations. 

Shanghai interchange

An interchange in Shanghai

Tsang’s investigate has tackled a significant hole in understanding what drives China’s overseas policy, in unique highlighting the idea of ‘consultative Leninism’, which Tsang experienced formulated at the College of Oxford. At SOAS, Tsang tailored this concept to create a new analytical framework to clarify China’s method to international and safety policies. Described as ‘party-state realism’ it indicates that the ‘consultative Leninist’ method places the interests of the Communist Party at the core of China’s national fascination. This framework points out the unconventional character of Chinese diplomacy, as nicely as the Chinese government’s method in direction of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Tsang’s exploration into the character of Chinese international plan has supported British, Canadian, New Zealand and Taiwanese policy makers as perfectly as multinational businesses, increasing their recognition of China’s motivations and understanding of its diplomatic approaches.

Tsang also contributed to the making of important documentaries, advising producers for Channel 4’s Britain’s Neglected Military, which unveiled the mostly neglected heritage of the contribution made by the Chinese Labour Corps in the British Military through the Initially Globe War the BBC’s ‘I Was There’ the 3-section BBC Radio 4 latest affairs programme ‘China and the World’ and Al Jazeera’s latest affairs documentary ‘The Massive Photo: The China Complex’. As nicely as these, Tsang contributed to the creating of the 3-portion BBC current affairs documentary ‘China: A New Earth Order’, and to the programme on Hong Kong for the Audible (Amazon) podcast ‘We Need to Chat About The British Empire’.

Professor Steve Tsang

Professor Steve Tsang