Political and historical implications of Chinese ‘national spatial infrastructure’: Why high-tech innovations?

December 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Europe/Rome Timezone
Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana, EUI
Mia Saugman

Third of three series of lectures by Chisako T. Masuo, Associate Professor at Kyushu University. The other two take place on 5 October and 9 November.

In recent years, Xi Jinping has been calling both for China’s people and the global population to ‘stand on the right side of history’. On the basis of the Communist Party’s unique Marxist understanding of history, Xi believes that he is carrying out an important historical mission to ‘win’ the next age by achieving advanced high-tech innovations that will be the foundation for the next generation of human society. For this purpose, China has been building a huge ‘National Spatial Infrastructure’ that covers the entire globe with a network of satellites, enabling the government to obtain, monitor, and communicate various data on human activities and global conditions from the sky.

Speaker: Chisako T. Masuo (Kyushu University)
Organiser: Giulio Pugliese (University of Oxford and European University Institute)