HSS Research Seminar | China’s Role in Global AI Race and Governance


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM



Date: 23 Nov, Thu

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: HSS436

Speaker: Jinghan Zeng, Lancaster University


Talk Abstract

The revolution of artificial intelligence (AI) will bring fundamental changes for human society for better or worse. China has openly embraced the age of AI and announced its ambition to become a global AI superpower by 2030. Many argue that China is winning the global AI race to build a China-centred AI order. This talk will discuss China’s AI ambition and governance approach. How to best understand China’s national approach towards AI development in comparison with its AI peers such as the US and Europe? What are the key opportunities and challenges brought about by China’s bold AI practices? What is China’s role in global AI governance? Is China on the way to become the next global AI superpower?



Jinghan Zeng is Professor of China and International Studies at Lancaster University. He is the author of several books including Artificial Intelligence with Chinese Characteristics: National Strategy, Security and Authoritarian Governance (2022), Slogan Politics: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts (2020) He is also the co-editor of One Belt, One Road, One Story? Towards an EU-China Strategic Narrative (2021). He has published over thirty refereed articles in leading journals of politics, international relations and area studies. His research has been funded by the European Commission, Schmidt Futures (US), Social Science Foundation of China, among others.

Professor Zeng draws on his research to connect with audiences beyond academia. He has testified before the UK Parliament and advised United Nations, Cabinet Office (UK) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK). He regularly appears in TV and radio broadcasts including the BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, Asharq News, China Global Television Network (CGTN) and VOA. He has been frequently quoted in print/online publications including Science, Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, South China Morning Post and TODAY. He has written op-ed articles for The Diplomat, BBC (Chinese), The Conversation, Nikkei Asia, Policy Forum, Korea on Point among others.

At Lancaster University, Professor Zeng also holds the position of Academic Director of China Engagement and serves as the Director of Lancaster University Confucius Institute.

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