MRI Forum 34

"The International Environment and China's Twin Models of Development"

by Lam Lai Sing


Summary of the Presentation

In this forum, Dr. Lam Lai Sing will present to us his latest publication: The International Environment and China's Twin Models of Development (Peter Lang AG, Switzerland, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007, 287 pp.). This is the concluding volume of his series of research on Mao Zedong Thought. By combining the fields of international relations, economics and contemporary Chinese studies and based on a holistic approach, this work is divided into two major parts. The first part deals with the PRC's political economy during Mao's time, which was greatly influenced by global power politics involving the Sino-US and Sino-USSR relations with the formation of Mao's worldview of the West and the Soviet Union as a hostile international environment. The second part focuses on post-Mao modernization revolution, a continuation of his four modernizations plan, which started in 1971 when the international environment became favorable to the PRC.

Profile of the Speaker

Lam Lai Sing is a life Fellow of the International Biographical Association as well as a Deputy Director General of the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge. Graduating from the University of Queensland , he completed a Bachelor of Economics degree in 1974, a Master of Arts degree in Chinese politics in 1977 and a Philosophy Doctorate in Chinese politics in 1983. He was a research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore from 1983 to 1985. This was followed by his five-year service as a research officer at the University of Hong Kong. From 1991 to 1995, he was an associate professor at the University of Macau. His published works include The Role of Ch'i in Mao Tse-tung's Leadership Style (1993), Mao Tse-tung's Purposive Contention with the Superpowers: the Theory of Ch'i (1995), and Mao Tse-tung's Ch'i and China's Political Economy with Special Reference to the Post-Mao Modernization Revolution (2000). In 2000, he was honored with an American Biographical Institute's 20th Century Achievement Award of the 1000 Leaders of World Influence.