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SCSC welcomes Deputy Ambassador of China to campus

The Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) welcomed the Deputy Ambassador of China, Shen Beili, to the UK during a visit to the University of Sussex last month.

During her visit on 11 February, alongside discussions with the University’s Vice Chancellor, Michael Farthing, and the head of the University’s International Office, Martin Hookham, Ms Shen spoke to students on the MA in Corruption and Governance course as well as third year undergraduates in the politics department taking a module on Political Corruption.

In her talk to students Ms Shen, herself a Sussex graduate, explained how China was currently trying to deepen and extend the rule of law, although she stressed that this process would inevitably take time. She also noted that China is one of the few places in the world that has too few lawyers. 

Ms Shen fielded a wide variety of questions from Sussex students, ranging from how long Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive was likely to last to how effective she thought China’s Freedom of Information laws were. 

Speaking after Ms Shen’s visit, Dan Hough, Director of SCSC, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Ms Shen and her team back to Sussex and further cooperation in future is certainly on the cards”.

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By: Eleanor Griggs
Last updated: Tuesday, 3 March 2015