Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London, and an associate on Chatham House’s Asia-Pacific Programme.

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Opinion | The Sino-British relationship needs more pragmatic engagement, not less

Beijing and London have in the past built a relationship guided by a more realistic understanding of their differences in aspirations and values, and must do so again as distrust is impeding cooperation on issues of common interest.

Beijing and London have in the past built a relationship guided by a more realistic understanding of their differences in aspirations and values, and must do so again as distrust is impeding cooperation on issues of common interest.

15 Dec 2020 - 7:58PM
Asian Angle | Xi is not the boss in US-China struggle. Neither’s Trump. Here’s who is

As the Chinese and American presidents meet at the G20 summit in Japan both are ultimately trying to appeal to one group of people: China’s middle class, the greatest economic asset on the planet.

As the Chinese and American presidents meet at the G20 summit in Japan both are ultimately trying to appeal to one group of people: China’s middle class, the greatest economic asset on the planet.

29 Jun 2019 - 10:28AM
Opinion | Huawei leak reflects China’s growing importance as a partner for post-Brexit Britain

China has not loomed large in the British consciousness until recently, but with Brexit on the horizon, Huawei tech and investment look inviting enough for the UK to disregard US concerns.

China has not loomed large in the British consciousness until recently, but with Brexit on the horizon, Huawei tech and investment look inviting enough for the UK to disregard US concerns.

29 Apr 2019 - 1:44AM
Asian Angle | UK will talk up Huawei to China, then back the US like always

Mired in Brexit and desperate for friends outside Europe, Britain is keen to court Chinese investment. But as the UK’s decision to send a warship to the South China Sea shows, its warm words are likely to be empty ones

Mired in Brexit and desperate for friends outside Europe, Britain is keen to court Chinese investment. But as the UK’s decision to send a warship to the South China Sea shows, its warm words are likely to be empty ones

25 Feb 2019 - 8:56AM
Opinion | Resolving China’s ‘phantom conflict’ with the West demands a strong sense of perspective

Beijing’s economic and geopolitical rise is causing a major shift in the global order, but anyone hoping for a one size fits all solution to the tit-for-tat disputes and repeated misunderstandings needs to think again, writes Kerry Brown.

Beijing’s economic and geopolitical rise is causing a major shift in the global order, but anyone hoping for a one size fits all solution to the tit-for-tat disputes and repeated misunderstandings needs to think again, writes Kerry Brown.

20 Jan 2019 - 10:35PM
Asian Angle | In China puzzle, at least Australia knows itself. The UK hasn’t a clue

Canberra has been thorough in examining its position on a rising China. London’s response is one of complacency verging on indifference.

Canberra has been thorough in examining its position on a rising China. London’s response is one of complacency verging on indifference.

29 Sep 2018 - 4:02PM
Asian Angle | Hong Kong handover took almost 20 years. Brexit’s taking two. A UK self-esteem issue?

The UK was meticulous in negotiating the handover of its colony to China – an issue remote to most Britons. Now it’s rushing like a lemming towards a cliff regarding a far more substantive domestic issue. What gives?

The UK was meticulous in negotiating the handover of its colony to China – an issue remote to most Britons. Now it’s rushing like a lemming towards a cliff regarding a far more substantive domestic issue. What gives?

30 Jul 2018 - 8:03AM
On Reflection | Be patient World Cup fans, China still playing the long game to host tournament

Though it’s only qualified for the event once – in 2002 – Beijing still has its eyes squarely on landing the event later this century, and its plan is subtle yet unrelenting.

Though it’s only qualified for the event once – in 2002 – Beijing still has its eyes squarely on landing the event later this century, and its plan is subtle yet unrelenting.

15 Jul 2018 - 3:00PM
Asian Angle | As US and EU square up on trade, one country stands to benefit: China

Squabbling between the former allies is likely to work in the ultimate interests of only one country: China.

Squabbling between the former allies is likely to work in the ultimate interests of only one country: China.

9 Jun 2018 - 10:38AM
Asian Angle | China’s strength is in making the West doubt the value of doubt

A grand psychological struggle is under way, in which China’s supreme confidence and unity under Xi Jinping is forcing the West to re-examine its assumption that self-criticism is a virtue

A grand psychological struggle is under way, in which China’s supreme confidence and unity under Xi Jinping is forcing the West to re-examine its assumption that self-criticism is a virtue

3 Jun 2018 - 2:00PM
Asian Angle | Why is Beijing so obsessed with order? It fears the alternative

Never has so much been at stake for China, which explains its ever-tightening grip on society. As its time in the global limelight nears, there can be no room for improvisation, if there ever was.

Never has so much been at stake for China, which explains its ever-tightening grip on society. As its time in the global limelight nears, there can be no room for improvisation, if there ever was.

28 Apr 2018 - 10:21AM
One world, two empires: Is China-US conflict inevitable?

Washington and Beijing may not admit it, but the truth is our planet, for the first time ever, is in the sway of two globally entangled empires. Does this brave new era need more ‘cold warriors’ – or an open-minded approach?

Washington and Beijing may not admit it, but the truth is our planet, for the first time ever, is in the sway of two globally entangled empires. Does this brave new era need more ‘cold warriors’ – or an open-minded approach?

17 Mar 2018 - 4:49PM
Opinion | The true test for President Xi Jinping will be when China’s luck runs out

To a Chinese population healthier and wealthier than ever before, a perpetual presidency may seem a price worth paying. But turbulence – or worse – in the years ahead would make it far less compelling.

To a Chinese population healthier and wealthier than ever before, a perpetual presidency may seem a price worth paying. But turbulence – or worse – in the years ahead would make it far less compelling.

4 Mar 2018 - 6:26AM
What do Chinese see in ‘Auntie’ Theresa May that Britons don’t?

Refusing to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative and securing hefty trade deals gives the British prime minister a much-needed political victory.

Refusing to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative and securing hefty trade deals gives the British prime minister a much-needed political victory.

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Book review: The Killing Wind is not for the faint-hearted as it charts Cultural Revolution horrors

By depicting the murderous upheaval unleashed in one cluster of villages in Hunan, author Tan Hecheng brings out the senselessness of what Mao Zedong unleashed – and offers remarkable testament to Chinese historians’ work

By depicting the murderous upheaval unleashed in one cluster of villages in Hunan, author Tan Hecheng brings out the senselessness of what Mao Zedong unleashed – and offers remarkable testament to Chinese historians’ work

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The case for eliminating Confucius from China's Confucius Institutes

For all the controversy surrounding the opening of hundreds of Confucius Institutes across the world in the last decade, one crucial factor has been overlooked: Confucius himself.

For all the controversy surrounding the opening of hundreds of Confucius Institutes across the world in the last decade, one crucial factor has been overlooked: Confucius himself.

6 Jun 2014 - 8:40PM
Who is the greatest Chinese leader of the past century?

With Xi Jinping dreaming of a Chinese renaissance and Ma Ying-jeou battling for final support for a landmark trade and services deal with the mainland that might make or break his legacy, perhaps now is a good time to ask who in the Greater China area will be rated well in the decades ahead.

With Xi Jinping dreaming of a Chinese renaissance and Ma Ying-jeou battling for final support for a landmark trade and services deal with the mainland that might make or break his legacy, perhaps now is a good time to ask who in the Greater China area will be rated well in the decades ahead.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM