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Kasper Ørntoft Thor New student assistant at the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

Kasper is a MA student of Chinese studies at the University of Copenhagen with a background in linguistics.

In the course of the last year Kasper has been pursuing his studies in Taiwan, where he studied a semester at National Taiwan University and later undertook a six months internship at the Danish Trade Council, Taipei, to learn more about diplomacy and international business and trade, and to improve his Chinese. Now he is busy writing his thesis on Chinese foreign policy and public diplomacy efforts.

With this being the very last semester of his MA program, Kasper is very happy to be back at NIAS, this time working for the Fudan-European Center.

Chunrong Liu publishes new analysis on The Rise of the Chinese Middle class

Chunrong Liu, Executive Vice Director of the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies has recently published a policy analysis on the rise of Chinese middle class was recently published in Friends of Europe, entitled "The rise of a middle-class society and its implication for China-EU relations".

Read the full analysis here.

Comparing Dynamics of Social Capital in Japan and China

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:30 to 14:00

Lunch seminar with Prof. Shinya Ueno and Dr Chunrong Liu

Professor Shinya Ueno from the Center for Policy Studies, Kumamoto University is a noted expert on social capital and local governance in Japan. His presentation will focus on the structural cause of the decline of social capital.



The Impact of Structural Change on Social Capital and Social Network in Rural Japan

In this exploratory study, we examine how social capital and social network are related to the structural change of communities in rural Japan. Governments have been implementing various measures for overcoming population decline and vitalizing local economy. However, centralization to big cities and decreasing population in rural areas never stopped. Our data is based on fieldworks conducted in the wide range of Japan agricultural areas. The findings suggest that the community function and social capital are susceptible to damage by decreasing of residents’ population and networks. We discuss implications for community development activities by resident associations and public policies.


Chunrong Liu is associate professor and executive vice director of the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies. He will address the role of urban community governance in social capital accumulation.


The Politics of Social Capital Accumulation in Urban Shanghai

This presentation sets out to explain the dynamics of community-level social capital accumulation in post-socialist urban Shanghai. I argue that the forms and dynamics of horizontal social ties are not rooted in the civil society sector, historical traditions or a result of rational choice as suggested by conventional wisdoms. Rather, they are a cumulative effect of the state-led urban community governance innovation. While the bureaucratic form of community institution contributes to top-down state control by breeding clientilistic ties, the rise of deliberative institution in community governance becomes an important source of information about the reliability and capabilities of their neighbors, and functions as a salient springboard for collaborative interactions among the residents, thus facilitating social capital accumulation.

All are welcome. Feel free to bring your own lunch.


Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, 18.1.08, CSS. Øster Farimagsgade 5

Organizer: Fuden Centre, NIAS and ADI

Fudan Day: China’s New Diplomacy and the voices from below

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00

Join us for an informal Fuday Day Event where colleagues from Fudan University and University of Copenhagen discuss China’s New Diplomacy and the voices that are emerging from below through Chinese social media. The event also includes a student dialogue, free lunch, music and a reception/Friday bar.

Programme (tentative)

Lecture Session (10:00-12:30)

  • China’s New Diplomacy|Prof. PAN Rui / Discussant: Camilla T.N. Sørensen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UCPH
  • One Belt One Road and China’s New Diplomacy | Dr. ZHANG Ji / Discussant: Clemens Stubbe Østergaard, Senior Researcher, NIAS
  • New Face of Chinese Culture in the New Media | Prof. YAN Feng / Discussant: TBC

Lunch and Mini Concert (12:30-14:00)

  • Traditional Chinese musical instrument PIPA played by CHEN Jiali, student

Student Dialogue Session (14:00-15:30)

  • Creation and innovation of Chinese youth | LIU Yinan (Ph.D. Candidate, School of Economics) / Discussant: TBC
  • Joint responsibility: Youth Cultural Exchange and Future Global Governance | ZHANG Yunxiang (Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Relations and Public Affairs) /Discussant: TBC

Reception/Friday Bar (15:30-17:00)

Download: Detailed programme including abstract and short bios of the speakers (tentative!).

The event is free of charge but registration is required.
Register for "Fudan Day: China’s New Diplomacy and the voices from below" - registration closes 28 September 2016

Venue: NIAS Conference Room: 18.1.08 (University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, Building 18.1, entrance E)
Organizer: Fudan-European Center for China Studies, NIAS-Nordic Institute for Asian Studies,

China Lecture "Governing the Arctic and Antarctic" by Prof Chen Li

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 15:00 to 16:30

The Antarctic and Arctic are often linked together in discussions and projects -­‐ both regions are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and human activities. However Antarctic and Arctic are far apart in political control and legal protections. This lecture shows how the different geographic features of and human activities in Antarctic and Arctic determine the distinct legal status under international law and the legal framework of governance. China’s role in the polar governance will also be discussed.

CHEN Li is Professor of international Law at law School of Fudan University. She is the standing councilor of China Private International Law Association, vice director of Shanghai Law Society, the arbitrator of both Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shanghai International Arbitration Center. Professor Chen specializes in Private International Law, International Economic Law and Antarctic governance. She was the visiting scholar at Max Planck Institute (2001), Yale University (2004-­‐2005), and was a Fullbright visiting scholar at University of Virginia (2012-­‐2013). (2012-­‐2013).

Venue: NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, meeting room, Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 18.1 (entrance E)

Organized by Fudan European Centre for China Studies & Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Autumn activities at the Fudan-European Centre

The next couple of months will be busy with many interesting visits and events, the ones mentioned below is just some of them.

Like last year, we will received a delegation from Wuxi-Insitute for a mini Summer Course on "Advanced Economy and Business" taking place on 22-26 August at Asia House.

23 August "Vested interest in Chinese politics – a form of corruption or a means to get things done?" An open roundtable event with Professor Yu Zheng, Fudan University and Professor Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen. Co-org. with Working Group on Economics and Business. Read more

24 August "China’s aid and investment in developing countries"  a seminar with Professor Yu Zheng, Fudan University and Senior Research Yang Jiang, DIIS. Co-org. with the Working Group on Economics and Business in collaboration with DIIS. Read more

29 August we are planning a lunch talk by prof. Chen Li on "Governing Polar Region" (still TBC)

On 9 September the Fudan-European Centre will receive a research delegation from the Chinese Political History Archive, who will meet with relevant people from NIAS and the Royal Library.

The Fudan-European centre and the Univerisity of Copenhagen have planned a Welfare Research Workshop, which will take place at the Fudan University in Shanghai 26-27 September.

1 October we are hosting a seminar on the ongoing Fudan-European Centre project of Mapping China Studies in Europe.

Finally from 31 September to 9 October the "Fudan Day" will take place in Belgium and Spain, maybe combined with a visit in Copenhagen as well.


Open seminar: China’s aid and investment in developing countries

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 15:30 to 17:00

Open seminar with Professor Yu Zheng, Fudan University and Senior Researcher Yang Jiang, DIIS.

Format: 30 min. presentation, 15. min. for discussion + 45 min. for Q&A.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration: The roundtable is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is required. You can find more information and register here

Venue: Asia House, Indiakaj 16, 2100 CPH Ø

Questions: Contact Martin Bech (+45 5130 2527)

The seminar is organised by Working Group on Politics & Working Group on Economics and Business in collaboration wtith DIIS and Fudan-European Centre for China Studies.

Fudan Center newsletter no.4 out now

Read the latest Newsletter "Rediscovering China" from the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies to get updated on all the interesting things that have taken place the last busy year.

"The year 2015 has witnessed exciting growth of Fudan centre and its new engagement with our
partners in both Nordic and other parts of Europe.
As a China study promotion institution, Fudan centre has been preoccupied with relational, crossdisciplinary
and comparative approach to build up the understanding about China’s rise and
transformation. This orientation not only echoes the “Nordic-ness” that defines the identity of Nias,
but is also congruent with the international trend of China studies that we have been observing."

Read more in the newsletter!

Fudan - European China Forum

On April 29th, Fudan-European Center for China Studies, Fudan Development Institute (FDDI), and Nordic Institute of Asia Studies (NIAS) held the first Fudan-European China Forum (FECF) at Asia House. During the forum, Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, the Secretary-General of Nordic Council of Ministers, gave a keynote speech on the Nordic cooperation and its implications to Asia. The other keynote talk was given by Professor Shen Dingli from Fudan Institute of International Studies  about China and its regional cooperation.  In total, around forty scholars, think tank leaders, journalists and business leaders attended, coming from Denmark,  China, German, Netherlands, and Norway. The forum was a great success, and will be featured as an annual event from this year on.

Shanghai Forum 2016

Once again NIAS director Geir Helgesen, together with Chairman of the Board Lars Bo Kaspersen, and Chunrong Liu Executive Vice Director of the Fudan center are on their way to the Shanghai Forum, taking place on May 27 to 29. The Nordic region is moreover strongly represented by Dagfinn Høybråten of Nordic Coucil of Ministers (NCM).

NIAS is also joining a meeting between NCM and Trilateral Cooperation Committee (TCS) in Seoul, Korea, a cooperation organ between Japan, Korea and China. It is hoped that this second meeting between the two regional organizations will result in some form of formal agreement regarding region to region cooperation.