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Agreement-signing ceremony and launch of English edition of  

China’s Role in a Shared Human Future at the 2018 London Book Fair

Time: 10:30-12:45, Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Venue: 5F110 China International Publishing Group (CIPG), Olympia London W14 8UX


  • China International Publishing Group (CIPG), China
  • New World Press, China
  • Global China Institute, UK
  • Macau Grand Lisboa, UK


Part I 10:30-11:30 Agreement-signing ceremony

Chair: Professor Xiangqun Chang

10:30-10:35 Welcome and introduction of guests
10:35-10:40 Introducing China’s Role in a Shared Human Future: Towards Theory for Global Leadership
10:40-10:45 Mr XIANG Xiaowei: Greeting remarks
10:45-10:55 Professor Lord Anthony Giddens: Greeting remarks
10:55-11:05 Professor Martin Albrow: Talking about the book
11:05-11:10 Mr LI Chunkai: Address
11:10-11:15 Mrs Ingrid Cranfield: Address 
11:15-11:20 Signing of contracts between the Author, New World Press and Macau Grand Lisboa

  • Professor Martin Albrow
  • Mr LI Chunkai
  • Mrs Ingrid Cranfield

11:20-11:25 Group photo for all the speakers and guests

Part II 11:30-12:45 Launch of English edition of China’s Role in a Shared Human Future

Chair: Mrs Ingrid Cranfield, President of Macau Grand Lisboa

11:30-11:35 Introduction of guests and the book
11:35-12:10 Panel I: China and future global leadership  

  • Professor Martin Albrow
  • Professor Lord Anthony Giddens
  • Dr Olaf Corry
  • Mr Duncan Bartlett

12:10-12:20 Q & A
12:20-12:30 Panel II: Resources and methodology – Globalization of Chinese Social Sciences    

  • Mr XIAO Hong
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang

12:30-12:40 Q & A
12:40-12:45 Signing agreements between Global China Institute and International Publishing Centre of CNKI, China.

Chairs and speakers (in alphabetical order)

Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary Vice President of British Sociological Association, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wales, UK
Mr Duncan Bartlett, Editor of Asian Affairs magazine, UK 
Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of Global China Institute, Honorary Professor of UCL, UK 
Dr Olaf Corry, Associate Professor of Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mrs Ingrid Cranfield, President of Macau Grand Lisboa, UK 
Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Life Fellow of King's College, University of Cambridge, UK
Mr LI Chunkai, President of New World Press, China
Mr XIANG Xiaowei, Minister Counsellor, Cultural Office, Chinese Embassy to the UK
Mr XIAO Hong, Manager and Associate Editor-in-Chief, China Academic Journal (CD) Electronic Publishing House Co. Ltd., General Manager of International Publishing Centre of CNKI, China

Product details

Title of the book: China’s Role in a Shared Human Future: Towards Theory for Global Leadership
Book Series: Globalization of Chinese Social Sciences  No. 4
Paperback: 218 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Macau Grand Lisboa (10 April 2018)
Product Dimensions: 170 x 244 mm
ISBN 978-1-910334-34-8 DOI 10.24103/GCSS.en.pb.2018  Price: £21.99
ISBN 978-1-910334-35-5 DOI 10.24103/GCSS.en.hb.2018  Price: £50.99

About the book

This book is about China’s role in the world to come and includes the author’s recent explorations of China’s readiness to assume a global leadership role. The book effectively links the study of Max Weber, an important Western theorist during the global transformation of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, with the study of Xi Jinping's thinking during the global transformation from the twentieth to the twenty-first century. According to the author, on the one hand, Western classical theory can still provide the core ideas for rethinking today's global cooperation. On the other hand, Xi Jinping's ‘The Belt and Road’ initiative, though only a very recent attempt to show how China as a new player in the world can help to heal its divisions, has as its foundation Xi’s thinking on the governance of China, which has demonstrated that the initiative will serve as a means to promote global peace and cooperation rather than strengthen great power rivalries. The author believes that we can shape global ethics in the process of rediscovering the deep roots of common civilized values that will underpin the global cooperative recovery. This book will be translated and available in Chinese. It is expected it will help a wider readership from China and other countries and regions to understand China and how it can contribute to the shared human future.


Foreword by Anthony Giddens
Author’s Preface

Part One: China’s role in the globalizing world

Chapter One. The architectonic of ideas: Xi Jinping’s The Governance of China
Chapter Two. Philosophical social science as a bridge from ‘Belt and Road’ to global governance
Chapter Three. Harmonizing goals and values: the challenge for Belt and Road
Chapter Four. Bridging the divides: China’s role in a fragmenting world
Chapter Five. Leadership for a people’s democracy

Part Two: Theory for the global social order

Chapter Six. Chinese social theory in global social science
Chapter Seven. The challenge of transculturality for the USA and China
Chapter Eight. Pragmatic universalism and the quest for global governance
Chapter Nine. Can there be a public philosophy for global governance?
Chapter Ten. How do we discover common values?
Chapter Eleven. The “community of shared destiny” (Xi Jinping) under conditions of imperfect understanding

Part Three: From Max Weber to global society

Chapter Twelve. Max Weber, China and the World: in search of transcultural communication – co-author Zhang Xiaoying
Chapter Thirteen. Weber and the concept of adaptation: the case of Confucian ethics – co-author Zhang Xiaoying
Chapter Fourteen. Max Weber, China and the future of global society
Postscript: A Chinese episode in the globalization of sociology
Publication History and Abstracts
Appendix: The Globalization of Chinese Social Sciences Book Series by Xiangqun Chang
About the Author

About the Author

In a career in sociology spanning over 50 years, Martin Albrow PhD (University of Cambridge) held the Chair in Sociological Theory in the University of Wales in Cardiff before becoming Professor Emeritus in 1989. Since then, he has held visiting positions in numerous institutions, including the Eric Voegelin chair in Munich, and chairs in the London School of Economics, State University of New York, Stonybrook, and the Beijing Foreign Studies University. He has been Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, and the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Studies, ‘Law as Culture’, Bonn University. He is now based in London.

Currently a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK, in the past he has been President of the British Sociological Association, Editor of its British Journal of Sociology and founding editor of International Sociology, the journal of the International Sociological Association.

His first visit to China was in 1987 on an observational tour with the State Family Planning Commission and in recent years he has contributed to the annual Symposium on China Studies with the Academy of Social Sciences and the Ministry of Culture of the PRC.

His specialties include social theory, organization theory and Max Weber’s thought, and he is internationally known for his pioneering work on globalization. His The Global Age: State and Society beyond Modernity (1996) won the European Amalfi Prize in 1997. Other books include Bureaucracy (1970), Max Weber’s Construction of Social Theory (1990), Globalization, Knowledge and Society (1990, ed. with E. King), Do Organizations Have Feelings? (1997), Sociology: The Basics (1999), Global Civil Society (co-editor) in 2006/7, 2007/8 and 2011 and Global Age Essays on Social and Cultural Change (2014).


Professor Martin Albrow is one of the foremost sociologists in the English-speaking world and one of the greatest experts on globalization, perhaps the most significant driving force of our times.  In his pioneering work The Global Age (1996), written when the term “globalization” itself was quite new, he set out the main dimensions of the profound changes that had begun to transform world society. In its most fundamental meaning, “globalization” refers to the intensifying interdependence of individuals, institutions and states across the globe. … In this book Albrow does a remarkable job of shedding light on these extraordinary changes and on the pivotal role that China is likely to have in shaping their further evolution. As the United States pulls back from its former global role, China not only can, but must, assume a pivotal position in shaping world society for the better.

——Professor Anthony Giddens, from Preface of this book

What is the process of incorporation of Chinese ideas and thinking into a transcultural public social science? Is the Belt and Road project the successor to Western economic globalization? Is Asia going to be the continent that works through the dilemmas of sustainable modernity? Martin Albrow is one of the very few social scientists who has the authority, experience and ambition to give us the answers, in this rich collection of essays.

——Professor Sam Whimster, Editor, Max Weber Studies

Professor Albrow’s book provides a fascinating counterpoint to Western-centric notions of China as a ‘rising power’. It is unique in providing a globalist view of how China understands its new role and how its leadership is already fundamentally reshaping the architecture of the world in the 21st century. China is becoming a global nation and this book explains how. In the process, sinology and global governance scholarship just got more properly global.

——Associate Professor Olaf Corry, PhD, University of Copenhagen

Other invited guests (in alphabetical order)

Mr Neil Clarke, Assistant researcher and translator, Global China Institute; King’s College London
Ms CHEN Cheng, Assistant researcher and translator, Global China Institute; University of Westminster
Ms DONG Ying, New World Press, China
Dr Chiho Ivan Hon, Translator, Global China Institute
Mr Mark Lee, Graphic designer and typesetter, Macau Grand Lisboa
Mrs Sarah Lee, Librarian, Macau Grand Lisboa
Ms MA Lei, Cultural Office, Chinese Embassy to the UK
Ms Sue Owen, Honorary Fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, UK
Ms RU Jing, General Manager, Cypress Books Ltd, UK
Lady Zhifang Sun Giddens, UK
Dr WANG Jiangli, Research Associate of Global China Institute; Representative of Zhengjiang University in London
Mr George Zhiyong Wang, Director of English Column,
Ms YU Lan, Assistant Researcher and translator, Global China Institute; University College London
Dr ZHOU Liqun, Lecturer in Beijing Foreign Studies University, China; Li Foundation of New York Fellow in Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK


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