Speaker: Lee Wan Fai Walter, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Discussant: Maria Adele Carrai, Assistant Professor of Global China Studies, New York University Shanghai

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When: May 27, 2022 01:00 PM London

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Book description:

Book cover of Principles and Laws in World Politics: Classical Chinese Perspectives

This book strolls from contemporary Chinese international relations back to ancient Chinese philosophy, and then strides into the future searching for common principles and laws. It examines whether "Knowledge Archaeology of Chinese International Relations" (KACIR), coined by the author, responds sensibly to today's issues of international ethics and global justice. The book contends that emancipative hermeneutics holds the key to the Chinese soft power puzzle. A bottom-up, non-nationalistic, and non-ethnocentric approach to the Chinese civilisation will reinvent intellectual pluralism and cosmopolitan elements in the Chinese tradition that interact constructively with and ultimately transcend the liberal Western model.

About the Speaker

Portrait of Lee Wan Fai Walter

LEE Wan Fai Walter is Assistant Professor at School of Arts and Social Sciences, Programme Leader of Global and China Studies, and Research Fellow of Public and Social Policy Research Centre at Hong Kong Metropolitan University. He specialises in Chinese international relations, in particular the competition and cooperation that China engages in global governance. Concentrating on fundamental research in world politics, he has a broad interest in intellectual history, knowledge production, and cross-disciplinary research that brings Political Science and the Humanities into conversation. Dr Lee was Senior Research Fellow at Faculty of Law (focusing on China and public international law) and Visiting Fellow at Centre for Comparative and Public Law, University of Hong Kong. He was also Visiting Scholar in Division of International Politics Theory, Institute of World Economics and Politics at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.