Sino-US Relations in the Biden Era : Conflict, Competition or Cooperation?
(Online Roundtable)

Date :
21 January 2021 (Thu)
Time :
2:30pm - 4:00pm


GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "How does municipality amalgamation reduce voter turnout in local elections? The case of Norway" on 1 December 2020. Keynote Speaker: Mr. Kyle H.Y. Chan (PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA ; HKBU GIS Programme graduate)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Primary Party Organization and the Grassroots Election in Rural China" on 26 November 2020. Keynote Speakers: Dr. Kang Yi (Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU), Mr. Ma Ming (Research Postgraduate Student, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Breakfast with Mr. Thomas Gnocchi, EU Head of Office Hong Kong and Macao" on 25 November 2020. No less than 120 staff, students and members of the public attended in person or on-line his talk on EU Diplomacy and EU in Hong Kong for the first time since he came to Hong Kong in September. Special thanks to Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching & Learning), for joining the event, which was co-organized by GIS and the Hong Kong Association for European Studies. ( HKBU News)
Opening ceremony of the book and artefacts exhibition "From Napoleon to De Gaulle - Treasures from the Consul General of France" on 24 November 2020, with a sharing by the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr Alexandre Giogini. It is the last teaching and learning activity of the two-year pilot project led by Dr. Emilie Tran, titled "1, 2, 3, Prêts! Partez! Internationalisation at Home for a Successful Year Abroad", which stems from the Community of Practice - Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning (CoP-ITL). (Audio clip from RTHK (from time 2:21:35))
European Studies Programme graduates in Faculty Graduation Activities for classes of 2019&2020, 21 November 2020.
GIS Programme graduates in Faculty Graduation Activities for classes of 2019&2020, 21 November 2020.
GIS Online Forum "European Federalism & European Identity: A Dialogue with the Pan-European Party VOLT" on 19 November 2020. Guest Speakers: Ms. Valerie Sternberg (VOLT Germany ; Co-President of the European Board), Mr. Reinier van Lanschot (VOLT Netherlands ; Co-President of the European Board), Mr. Paul Jürgensen (Das Progressive Zentrum ; Project Manager in the Future of Democracy Programme)
Media interview on two double degree programmes offered by the Department of Government and International Studies with sharing by exchange students from France and Hong Kong and HKBU's internationalisation efforts under the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ming Pao) (Sing Tao Daily) ( (Oriental Daily) (Bastille Post)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "China's foreign aid to Africa : variance and convergence with other donors on the continent" on 5 November 2020. Keynote Speaker: Mr. Tetteh Evans (Research Postgraduate Student, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
Dr Kenneth Chan, Director of Comparative Governance & Policy Research Centre and Associate Professor, has been invited to share his observations and analysis on the US Presidential Election and the implications of the Biden Administration on US-China and US-Hong Kong Relations, including a foreign policy analysis for Ming Pao, entitled 美大選與外交政策:「制衡北京」的進路, on 2 November 2020. His comments and media appearances can be retrieved from the Centre's Facebook page.
Online workshop "Trust in the Smart City", 29 October 2020, with the participation of Prof. Masaru Yarime (Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy, HKUST), Prof. Wilson Wong (Associate Professor, Department of Government and Public Administration; Programme Director, Data Science and Policy Studies, Faculty of Social Science, CUHK) and Prof. Daniel Lai (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKBU).
Photography exhibition with sharing of students from the course EURO4015 Contemporary European Societies II: questions d'actualité. Through the interplay of words and images taken by French artist and photographer Cyrille Bellier, the global pandemic is recontextualized to Hong Kong, a crammed city that shows its unique resilience and determination in combating COVID-19. (VR Tour) (Poster)
GISS Academic Week title "Indo-Pacific The Great Game Hong Kong" : online discussion forum "Indo-Pacific and the 'New Cold War'?", 21 October 2020 and webinar "Hong Kong and the World", 23 October 2020.
GIS alumni online gathering in the event "United Digitally" organized by Alumni Affairs Office on 17 October 2020.
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "China & France : Overcoming Distrust with Multi-level Coopetition" on 15 October 2020. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emilie Tran (Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
Dr. Tushar Chaudhuri's EU Jean Monnet Project entitled Green Urban Environments: A Virtual Platform for Collaboration for Secondary School Students (GRUEN), has been shortlisted for the QS-Wharton Reimagine Education Awards under their Sustainability Award category. This year's Awards process saw nearly 1500 applications submitted across thirteen categories, and QS-Wharton have only chosen to shortlist the top 12 percent of these innovations.
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Transitional Justice and Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland under the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement" on 24 September 2020. Keynote Speaker: Dr. C. K. Martin Chung (Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
The conference "The EU-Asia Schools E-Conference on Sustainability and Urban Innovation" was held from 10-12 September 2020 over the Zoom platform at HKBU. The conference marked the end of Dr. Tushar Chaudhuri's 2 year Jean Monnet Project on Green Urban Environments (GRUEN) co-funded by the European Commission. The project and the conference brought together 300 high school students, teachers and experts from Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Europe to discuss the students' visions of sustainable cities.
Dr. Emilie Tran participated in the webinar "China's Evolving Economic Relations with North Africa: Before and After COVID-19" on 10 September 2020, organized by the Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, an independent and world-leading policy institute, whose mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. (Details) More than 200 people from over 40 countries tuned in via Zoom and Facebook live. (Watch the webinar)
Latest journal article by Stivas, D. & Śliwiński, K. (2020). "Securitizing Coronavirus: Global Risks, Responses, and Consequences", global-e, 8 September 2020,
Latest journal article by Dr. C. K. Martin Chung "Twenty Years After: Statute of Limitations and the Asymmetric Burdens of Justice in Northern Ireland and Post-war Germany". Parliamentary Affairs, doi:
Dr. Sliwinski Krzysztof (Associate Professor, Department of GIS, HKBU) has succeeded in securing a third consecutive prestigious funding from the European Union to support the project: Asia Pacific Model European Union organized in cooperation with the National Centre for Research on Europe (University of Canterbury, NZ). (Details)
Latest journal article by Prof. Alistair Cole (with Thibault Rioufreyt) "Inquiry on territorial governance in Brittany and Wales: reanalysis of qualitative data by using CAQDAS in a comparative setting." Qualitative Research, July 2020, doi:
Dr. Emilie Tran participated in the webinar "China's role in the MENA region post-COVID-19" on 10 June 2020, organized by the Brookings Institution (a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.). She discussed the role of Europe and China in the Middle East and North Africa post-COVID-19. (Details)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Power and Societies in the Pandemic : A Global and Comparative Perspective" on 18 June 2020. Keynote Speakers: Prof. Laurent Sermet (Professeur à l'Institut d'études politiques, Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille Université), Dr. Emilie Tran (Assisfont Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Trust, Transparency and Transdisciplinarity : Lessons from COVID-19" on 11 June 2020. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Alistair Cole (Head, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Majors Graduation, 9 June 2020.
Latest journal article by Dr. Krzysztof Sliwinski (with Martin Holland and Nicholas Thomas) "Is Affective Effective? Measuring Affective Learning in Simulations." International Studies Perspectives, ekaa005,
June 2020 issue of International Migration - the journal of the United Nations International Organization for Migration - featuring a collection of new solid research on the Chinese in Europe, with an article by Dr. Emilie Tran (with Dr. Ya-Han Chuang), "Social Relays of China's Power Projection? Overseas Chinese Collective Actions for Security in France", pp: 101-117. International Migration, Volume 58, Issue 3, New Chinese Migration Modalities, pp: 1-272.
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "COVID-19 as a Global Security Issue" on 26 May 2020. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Krzysztof Sliwinski (Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU), Dr. Dionysios Stivas (Part-time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "The Chinese Political Landscape in the Shadow of the COVID-19 Crisis" on 21 May 2020. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
Year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. HKBU European Studies Programme (French Stream) celebrates this anniversary with a gesture of solidarity. About 1.3 million people in Hong Kong live below the poverty line. In recent months many have lost their jobs, many more can't afford purchasing face masks and hygienic kits to protect themselves in the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the Yr 4 students from the European Studies Programme (French stream) have joined forces with the French Chamber Foundation and launched the Code Red Fundraising Campaign and crowdfunding initiative.

Via ZOOM With European Studies Programme (French Stream) students and Dr. Jason Ho, Center for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU, and from left to right: Dr. Emilie Tran; Ms. Anita Leung, General Manager, French Chamber Foundation; Ms. Sophie Leconte, Executive Director, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong; Dr. Albert Chau, Vice-President for Teaching and Learning, HKBU; and Mr. Thierry Neveux, President, French Chamber Foundation.
Dr. Emilie Tran (above), Assistant Professor of GIS and Mr. Stivas Dionysios, Part-time Lecturer of GIS, are featured in an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly (《信報財經月刊》) to talk about the economic impact of COVID-19 on Europe as well as globalizaton. (Preview)
Mr. Cheung Hin Yung, Year 2 student of the European Studies (German Stream), has successfully qualified for the HKBU's Albert and Mabel Chan Exchange Scholarship 2020. Mr. Cheung will receive the full scholarship amount of HK$ 68,000 to support his exchange year at the University of Göttingen in Germany in academic year 2020-2021.
Dr. Emilie Tran, Assistant Professor of GIS and Course Coordinator for the European Studies Programme (French Stream), participates at the RTHK Radio 3 current affairs programme "Backchat" on 20 March 2020 to talk about the COVID-19 in France. (Listen the episode)
Latest Staff Publications
Latest Op-eds
Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), HKBU and Dr Jason Ho, Senior Service-Learning Consultant, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU

The Opening Ceremony of Innovative Service-Learning Projects Exhibition and Presentations. 88 students taking the course POLS 2015 (Government & Politics of Hong Kong) designed and completed advocacy campaigns on environmental issues.
Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Felix Chung Kwok-pan, Legislators and Law Yuk Kai, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor and

GIS Students Society co-hosted forum on the Extradition Law
Pierre Bourgeois, General Manager, Vinci Construction Grands Projets (VCGP) ; Member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong

Sharing about building engineering & management and VCGP's contributions to Hong Kong
Alexandre Giorgini, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau

Lunch Gathering with Consulate General of France
Nathan He Lanshan, Officer for Education & French Language, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and Yasmin Chafra, Head of CampusFrance Hong Kong

A talk about the scholarships programme for language summer course and the exchange year in France
French Stream Year IV students EURO4006 and exchange students from France

Service learning for Food Angel
Clément Brumeaux, COO of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong and Servane Delaye, General Manager of the French Chamber Foundation

Sharing about business environment and the French presence in Hong Kong as well as the business corporations' responsibility to uphold sustainability.
Julien-Loïc Garin, CEO of Le French May arts festival

French presence in Hong Kong is also very strong in the arts with Le French May (since 1993) and the recently established lights festival Lumières Hong Kong (depuis 2017), that bring together French artists and artists and the public of Hong Kong, against preconceived ideas and common belief and enhance creativity.
Alma Brami, French novelist

Meeting and sharing with the author.
Hubert Charuel, the film director of the French movie Petit Paysan (Received César Award for Best First Feature Film, César Award for Best Actor, and César Award for Best Supporting Actress)

Sharing about the making of his movie and the life in rural areas and of peasants in France.
Laëtitia Mergui, French External Trade Advisor & Regional Managing Director, Chloé (Asia Pacific), Richemont (a Swiss luxury group)

Presentation followed by Q&A session.
Stéphane Lam, artistic director and project manager of Le Pavillon Rouge des Arts (HK) Ltd

Celebration of the Francophonie with the creation of an anthem in French celebrating the diversity of Hong Kong and the poesy of the French language.
Vincent Villepelet, French External Trade Advisor & Chief Financial Officer, LVMH Asia Pacific

Seminar of exploring the presence of French brands in the luxury industry in Hong Kong and Greater China cum visit at Maison Louis Vuitton (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Dany Laferrière, the Canadian novelist and French Academician

An inaugural lecture in the opening ceremony of the 19th Francophonie Festival in Hong Kong on the topic about the quintessential role of books for us in a world dominated by the immediacy of news
Éric Mayer, Managing Partner at Thomas, Mayer & Associés ; French Foreign Trade Advisor ; Barrister at law (Paris)

Seminar about the legal and fiscal environment in Hong Kong that enhances the migration and development of French companies in the Region.
Jacques Boissier, President of French Foreign Trade Advisors section in Hong Kong

Company visit about the logistics sector and international trade with foods and perishables.
Julie Metta, School of Energy and Environment, the City University of Hong Kong

a newest discipline, circular economy, and the issues and challenges of recycling in Hong Kong and Greater China.
Charlotte Judet, Member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong ; Vice President of Communication APAC at Kering Asia Pacific (an international luxury group based in Paris, France)

Presentation about luxury industry
Stéphane Lam,artistic director and project manager of Le Pavillon Rouge des Arts (HK) Ltd

Workshop - "As in France"
Jean-Benoît Kaeppelin, General Secretary of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong ; the Founder & CEO of International Asia Inc. Ltd (specializing in organisation and people's development)

Career Talk
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In addition to the department itself, GIS also contributes to teaching in the Global and China Studies programme, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Global Society and Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies).


Research by staff of the GIS Department covers Hong Kong and Chinese politics, European politics and European integration, social movements and protest, political transitions and democratization, international relations, and economic and cultural relations between China and Europe.