A growing number of commentators have argued that the coming century will be defined as much by decisions made in Beijing as the last century was by decisions made in Washington DC. The strength and nature of the British-Chinese relationship will have wide-ranging implications. Despite this, there is generally a low level of understanding of Chinese culture, politics and society amongst young people, and indeed Britons more generally, even among those who are politically engaged.
In 2014, as China's new leadership begins to outline its vision for the country's future, the Young Fabians will embark on a year-long programme designed to develop our members knowledge and understanding of China, and the political, economic, social and cultural trends that are shaping it. We will look specifically at the bilateral relationship between the UK and China and consider how it might be strengthened in the future.
The China Programme is part of the International Network.