On Thursday, April 27 our guest lecturer from the Univeristy of Buckingham Dr Hongbo Du held another lecture. In a talk entitled “China, a Third-eye View of an Outsider” he gave his personal, impressionist and quite piecemeal view of this large and complex country that once was his home. His talk was focused on two essential points about this country: (a) China is a civilisation state not a nation state, and (b) China has a historically unique mandarin system of technocrats that favours a one-party domination. He argued that these two essential factors are critical for the current success of China, and at the same time critical for the world to understand what China stands for in any future dealing with the country.
Dr Hongbo Du is a senior lecturer in Computer Science in the Department of Applied Computing, School of Science, University of Buckingham. He has visited SSST many times in the past decade, first as a visiting lecturer and later as the grant holder of a tempus project. He is currently visiting SSST as part of the Erasmus+ academic exchange, and assisting the Data Mining module by Professor Amer Hadžikadić at our CSIS Department.