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China and Regional Studies Joint Webinar Series – Webinar on 29 April 2022


Date: 29 April 2022 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Hong Kong time, GMT+8)
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Topic: Sino-Indian Relations in the Post-COVID Era


This talk will discuss the economic, security and geopolitical relations between China and India since the COVID outbreak.





Prof. Shalendra Sharma


Prof. Shalendra Sharma

Associate Vice-President (Academic Quality Assurance and Internationalisation), Lingnan University, Hong Kong

A political-economist by training, Professor Shalendra Sharma is the author of: Prosperity with Inequality: A Comparative Political Economy of the United States, China and India (New York: Cambridge University Press 2018); Global Financial Contagion: The Great Recession and the World Economy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); China and India in the Age of Globalization (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), which was the winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award; Achieving Economic Development in the Era of Globalization (Routledge, 2007); The Asian Financial Crisis: Meltdown, Reform and Recovery (Manchester University Press, 2003); Democracy and Development in India (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 1999; and editor of Asia in the New Millennium: Geopolitics, Security and Foreign Policy (Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2000).


Professor Sharma was the recipient of USF's University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award for 1996-97 and the University-wide Distinguished Research Award for 2002-03. During 2006-07, he was a Visiting Professor at Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands. He has also consulted for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.




Topic: Rethinking Beijing's"humanitarian aid" diplomacy during COVID-19's first wave: insights from a novel dataset


Based on a novel dataset covering 2224 donations to 176 countries between February 2020 and October 2021, this talk examines the gap between Beijing's global "humanitarian aid" campaign towards a historically unprecedented number of recipient countries, and its messaging activities that sought to both politicise and depoliticise its"humanitarian aid" in the pursuit of national interests and foreign policy objectives that have diverted attention from the international principles of humanitarian aid that seek to maintain a focus on responding most effectively to the humanitarian needs of recipient societies, notably through multilateral cooperation and transparency. 





Hermann Aubié


Dr Hermann Aubié

Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for East Asian Studies, the University of Turku, Finland


Dr. Hermann Aubié is a senior researcher at the Centre for East Asian Studies of the Universíty of Turku in Finland. His recent research examines Beijing's Covid19 humanitarian aid and diplomacy from a global perspective. His long-term research focuses on human rights in China, with particular attention to how citizens use the law and media to promote sociopolitical change by resisting injustice and social exclusion.





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