China and East Asian Regional Architecture

Date: 25 November 2009, 4-5pm

Location: Wood Seminar Room, Old Kirk 406, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University

Speaker: Professor Han Feng, Deputy Director, Institute of Asia-Pacific Institute, Director, Centre for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Studies and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The seminar discussed the changing conditions for security and economic cooperation in East Asia; competing forms of regional institutions such as APEC, ASEAN, ASEAN+3, East Asian Summit, and more recently, the East Asian Community; and the role of China in the shaping of the regional order.

About the speaker

Professor Han Feng is an eminent scholar in China on international relations in the Asia-Pacific. He received his qualifications in International Politics from the Department of International Politics of Peking University in 1982. He has been with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) since 1982.

His primary areas of research are in the politics and diplomacy of Australia and New Zealand; China’s relations with Asia-Pacific countries; and security, strategic relations, and regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Han plays an important role in the development of Australian and New Zealand studies in China, makes significant contributions to Chinese government’s thinking and policy towards the region, and is actively involved in scholarly exchange and Track II dialogue on a wide range of issues in Asia-Pacific international relations.