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  • Book Talk, Speaker | 11 November, 2014

    The new kings of crude: China and oil wars in Sudan and South Sudan

    Author Luke Patey examines how the violent petro-politics of Sudan and South Sudan influenced the global strategies of Chinese national oil companies and China’s wider Africa engagement and foreign policy. For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of China’s national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged China to chart a new course. The outbreak of conflict in South Sudan last December only deepened the instability and insecurity and sent Chinese diplomats scrambling to protect their interests and bring an end to the conflict. Patey will discuss the overseas investments of Chinese national oil companies, their evolving ties with the Chinese government, and experiences with political and security risks in Sudan and South Sudan.

    DATE: Nov 11 (Tuesday)
    TIME: 3:30-5pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, Sanlitun Dongwu Jie 1
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/11112014/

    Luke Patey is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford. He is author of The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan (Hurst Publishers, 2014) and co-editor of Sudan Looks East: China, India, and the Politics of Asian Alternatives (James Currey, 2011). He has written for the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Hindu, and VICE News. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Peking University (Beijing), the Social Science Research Council (New York), and the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (Paris).

    Book Talk, Speaker | 5 November, 2014

    China by numbers: Getting a clearer picture

    China’s is now one of the most closely watched economies in the world, with analysts (and journalists) pouring over the data produced by the government and private organizations hoping to understand more about how the country is changing. But do the figures really tell us what we think they do?
    Matthew Crabbe addresses the issue in his book “Myth-Busting China’s Numbers”, and will share with the FCCC his thoughts on how data coming out of China is misinterpreted and often misrepresents the real situation.

    DATE: Nov 5 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 9:30-11am
    VENUE: German Centre for Industry and Trade Beijing, Landmark Tower 2, Unit 1111, 11th Floor, 8 Dongsanhuan
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/05112014/

    Matthew Crabbe is co-founder of research company Access Asia, where he worked exhaustively on trying to make sense of the myriad contradictions in statistics on the consumer markets in China. He has conducted detailed analysis on China’s retail sales for many years, working to highlight how China’s official retail figures do not reflect the real size of the country’s domestic consumer economy. He is the co-author of two books and has written hundreds of reports on China’s consumer markets over two decades.