First Public Debate Announced!

Our public debates branch has announced our first public debate for 2014-15!

Join us on Thursday October 9th at 7pm in MS.01 for the Warwick Debating Unions first event of the year on the motion ‘This House Believes That China will be the dominant world power in the 21st Century‘.

China’s growth in the last 20 years has been rapid and had significant consequences for the world we live in. Can it and will it be sustained? And the million dollar question- will China become the dominant global power of this Century? We have a panel of experts to debate the economic, political and geopolitical dimensions of this question.

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Our speakers:


Dr. Miwa Hirono, University of Nottingham
Dr. Hirono is a RCUK Research Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations, and Research Fellow at the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of Civilizing Missions: International Christian Agencies in China and has taught at the University of Cambridge, the Australian National University and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Thomas Koenig, European Council of Foreign Relations
Mr. Koenig is the China Programme Co-Ordinator at the European Council of Foreign Relations. He has worked at the German Embassy in Beijing and the Global Public Policy Institute. His research interests are EU-China relations and East Asian Security relations and implications to China’s Foreign Policy. Mr. Koenig is an alumnus of Yale University and SOAS.



Sir John Boyd, Asia House
Sir John Boyd is the Chairman of Asia House and the Joseph Needham Research Institute in Cambridge. He was British Ambassador to Japan from 1992-1996 and had a distinguished career in the British Diplomatic Service for over 30 years serving in Hong Kong, Beijing, Washington and at the United Nations. He has also served as Master of Churchill College, Cambridge and was Chairman of the British Museum.

Jonathan Fenby CBE, Trusted Sources
Mr. Fenby is an author, journalist and analyst. He is a Founder and Managing Director of Trusted Sources, a market analysis firm with offices in London and China. He is also the author of Tiger Head, Snake Tails, Dealing with the Dragon, Modern China: The Rise and Fall of Great Power, 1850 to Present and Will China Dominate the 21st Century amongst others. He has also worked for The Economist, The Guardian, The Observer, Reuters South China Morning Post and Sunday Business.