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Best-selling author Dr Martin Jacques to speak at Eminent Speakers Series 2014

Singapore, 24 November 2014 --- Dr Martin Jacques, author of the international bestseller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, will speak at this year's Eminent Speakers Series on Thursday27 November 2014 at Furama Riverfront Hotel. 

The Eminent Speakers Series is jointly organised by Lianhe Zaobao and Business China, and supported by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation. Back for the seventh year, the series invites prominent personalities who are highly regarded authorities in their respective fields to share their unique perspectives and insights on a broad range of topics, including current affairs, politics, business, economics, media, culture and the arts. 

First published in 2009, When China Rules the World has been translated into 14 languages and sold over 350,000 copies worldwide. The book was also shortlisted for two major literary awards and a second edition, which was updated and expanded, was published in 2012. Dr Martin Jacques is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington D.C.

Past eminent speakers include Prof Liu Ji, Honorary President of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Mr Yao Jing Yuan, former Chief Economist of China’s National Bureau of Statistics; Professor Justin Lin Yifu, former Chief Economist of The World Bank; Mr Qian Gang, Director of China Media Project, Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong; Mr Jin Wei-Tsun, Founder of Business Weekly; Mr Yau Lop Poon, Editor-in-Chief of Yazhou Zhoukan and Mr Nan Fangshuo, Taiwan’s leading political commentator. 

The talk, which is conducted in English, will be followed by a Q & A session chaired by Dr Tan Khee Giap, Co-Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Dr Tan is also Chairman of Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (SINCPEC).

Synopsis of Talk:

The theme 
for this year's lecture is "Why China Will Be A Very Different Kind Of Great Power". It is assumed that when China becomes a great power it will behave in a similar way to the United States. This will not be the case because China's history and culture are very different from the countries in the West. 

Please see attached bio-data of Dr Martin Jacques.

Eminent Speaker's Series 2014
Date: Thursday, 27 November 2014 
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Furama Riverfront Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Level 3 (405, Havelock Road)

6.30pm - Registration

7pm - Introduction by Dr Tan Khee Giap

7.10pm - Lecture by Dr Martin Jacques
- Closing Remarks by Dr Tan Khee Giap
- Q & A Session
- Presentation of tokens of appreciation by Mr Lim Jim Koon, Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Newspapers Division, SPH

9pm - End of Seminar 

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About Lianhe Zaobao
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About Business China
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