Welcome

Huawen Institute was established in 2014 with the aim of promoting research, education and enterprise. The theme which underpins all our activity is the unfolding dynamics of globalization, especially its two-way interaction with China. Globalization involves many processes that, together, make the world increasingly interconnected. Seen by some as an all-consuming and unstoppable dynamic with many negative consequences, by others as a welcome and essentially benign force that will bring prosperity and international harmony, globalization affects every crucial aspect of contemporary social life: economics, culture, values, politics, communications, education, technology, environment and health.

The Rise of China

If globalization is the most important general force shaping the 21st century world, the rise of China is, arguably, the most significant specific factor. An economy growing at more than 6% a year, over 700 Confucius Institutes, more than a million Chinese living in Africa, a sovereign wealth fund of more than $700 billion, and increasing military expenditure all contribute to this. So the interaction between globalization and the rise of China comprises both a fascinating subject of research and one that is of enormous importance. Will China find itself, slowly but surely, propelled along the route to global norms such as openness, democracy and human rights? Or will China, with its own very distinctive set of values, influence the processes of globalization in ways that will make globalization less a matter of Westernisation or Americanisation –which has, broadly speaking, been the case so far- than a product of “Sinicisation”? ”.

Global Citizenship

Huawen Institute is also committed to examining, developing and putting into practice the concept of ‘global citizenship’. Global citizenship is a major aspect of globalization in which individuals increasingly identify themselves not just as members of a single member state but as part of a wider global community. This may come about as a consequence of particular professional activities –for example transnational businesses, international banks, major legal firms or the academic world. Or, more generally, it emerges through a growing awareness of how we are all linked together and interdependent in many ways in the larger world community. In all cases global citizenship may be seen as an outcome of several elements of globalization: the information revolution, the internet, transport, the environment and the global economy.

The Huawen Institute

The Institute pursues its objectives through workshops, conferences and specific research projects but also through its major publication, China’s World. (website: http://www.chinasworld.co.uk) China’s World is a twice yearly English language journal devoted to examining the many aspects involved in the interaction between China and globalization. Recent articles have discussed renminbi internationalization, China’s sovereign wealth funds, whether a ‘Beijing Consensus’ might be an alternative to the Washington Consensus, challenges for the labour market, real estate and banks in China, the role of Confucianism in China’s foreign and domestic policies, China’s trading practices, China’s relations with the US, Japan and the EU and the implications of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.

Associated Organisations and Publications

The Chinese Weekly ( website: http://www.ihuawen.com) aims to provide ‘local knowledge for globally-minded Chinese’. It was founded in 2010 to offer briefing on global affairs, business, the global Chinese diaspora, culture, lifestyle and much more. It is the first simplified mandarin full range media group and comprises both printed & online magazines, a Website, Social Media and mobile APP, established and based in the UK. It features 6 themed columns including Current Affairs, Politics, Business & Finance, Education, Culture and Lifestyle.

The Chinese Weekly ( website: http://www.ihuawen.com) aims to provide ‘local knowledge for globally-minded Chinese’. It was founded in 2010 to offer briefing on global affairs, business, the global Chinese diaspora, culture, lifestyle and much more. It is the first simplified mandarin full range media group and comprises both printed & online magazines, a Website, Social Media and mobile APP, established and based in the UK. It features 6 themed columns including Current Affairs, Politics, Business & Finance, Education, Culture and Lifestyle.

Other associated organisations focus primarily on the business interests of the Institute. These include Ocean Global Investment (website: http://www.iousheng.com), Huawen Foundation (website: http://www.huawenfoundation.com), and the Kylin Prime Group (website: http://www.kylinprime.com).