China's Western Regions and Issues of Development in the PRC

Speaker : Tim Summers
PhD candidate, Centre for East Asian Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Date: 8 March 2010 (Monday)

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Venue: SO 201, Dorothy Y L Wong Building


This paper examines the western regions of the contemporary PRC. After asking what is meant by China's western regions, it assesses the development of the western regions, ten years after the launch of the "Develop the West" policy. It then focuses on an examination of the region between Chongqing and Chengdu, placed in the context of discussion of "growth poles", including as part of official thinking on development of the west. The paper concludes by attempting to put these issues of development in both a national PRC and global context.

Speaker's Biography:

Tim Summers's research is trans-disciplinary, drawing together international political economy, history and anthropology. Prior to starting his PhD, Tim Summers spent thirteen years working for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Hong Kong, and most recently as British Consul-General in Chongqing.

Co-hosted by:

Department of Political Science


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