The Decoding China Dictionary: A Guide to Understanding China’s Diplomatic Discourse

Wednesday 8 December 2021 / 14:00 - 15:30 / Zoom

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What does Xi Jinping mean when he talks about the rule of law? How does the leadership of the People’s Republic of China define multilateralism? And what is meant by “a community of shared future for mankind”? The Decoding China Dictionary – published earlier this year and available at – seeks to answer these questions and to serve as a guide to understanding the official Chinese meaning of key terms in international relations and development cooperation. In this lecture, Malin Oud presents the Decoding China Dictionary and discusses the importance of language in understanding China’s diplomatic and international cooperation strategies.

Malin Oud is Director of the Stockholm office of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, where she also heads the Institute’s China Programme. She has worked with human rights and sustainable development in China for more than 20 years in different capacities, and was based in Beijing in 2000-2009. She studied Chinese language, Chinese law and international human rights law in Lund, Kunming, and London, and has an MA in International Development from Melbourne University. Malin is a Member of the Advisory Boards of Mercator Institute for China Studies and the Hong Kong-based NGO China Labour Bulletin. She is co-editor of The Decoding China Dictionary, available at