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A Bridge between China and the Rest of the World


The Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing 皇家亚洲学会(中国)北京分会

The Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing (RASBJ) aims to bring China and the world together.


   We offer talks, expert-led tours, dialogues and publications, which explore Chinese culture, society, and science.   RASBJ is a chapter of Royal Asiatic Society China, the branch in Shanghai of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. RAS was established in London in 1823, and HRH The Prince of Wales is its current patron.

皇家亚洲学会(中国)北京分会(简称RASBJ) 致力于拉近中国和世界的距离。RASBJ 提供讲座、沙龙、深度文化旅行和专业出版物订阅服务,帮助我们的会员增强在中国文化、社会、哲学和科学领域的理解。RAS 隶属于1823年在伦敦成立的皇家亚洲学会,学会的赞助人是威尔士亲王殿下。




RAS Beijing engages Chinese and international academics, policy-makers, artists and media in exploring interactions between China and the rest of the world – past, present and future. We offer:

  • Dialogues on culture, society, and science
  • Expert-led tours of museums, exhibitions, and historical venues in Beijing and other parts of China
  • Talks on books, art, dance, cinema, and other aspects of Chinese culture, including issues impacting Beijing
  • Archives related to bringing China and the rest of the world closer together
  • The Journal and Monographs, published by the Royal Asiatic Society China


RASBJ 邀请中外学者、政策制定者、艺术家和媒体共同推动中国与世界其他各国之间的交流,着眼现在,回溯历史,放眼未来。我们提供的活动和服务如下:

  • 对话:在文化、社会、哲学和科学领域,为会员提供参与对话的机会
  • 与专家同行:短途参访如北京的博物馆、展览和古迹,远途旅行如中国各地的名胜
  • 演讲:演讲的主题涵盖读书、艺术、舞蹈、电影和其他中国文化领域,特别是那些关于北京的话题。
  • 档案:收集那些有助于增强中国与世界联系的资料,为会员提供研究便利
  • 学刊和专著:会员将有资格订阅和购买由皇家亚洲学会(中国)出版的学刊和专著




The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded in London in 1823. It has affiliated societies throughout Asia and is renowned for its contributions over almost 200 years to knowledge and scholarship in science, literature and the arts of Asia.  Its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Royal Asiatic Society China formally reconvened the activities of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society in Shanghai in 2007. The Society, active from 1858 to 1952, now has chapters in Suzhou and Beijing.

RASBJ was established in April 2013 as a chapter of the Royal Asiatic Society China. RASBJ has an advisory group from China’s business and policy communities, and a core team responsible for implementation. It is an independent non-profit volunteer organisation.




RASBJ 成立于2013年4月,是皇家亚洲学会(中国)的分会。RASBJ 已组建了一个由驻京商业领袖和政策专家组成的顾问团和一个负责运营的核心团队。我们是一个独立和非营利的志愿者组织。




To become a member or learn more about membership, please click here.



ADVISORY GROUP: Peter Batey, Paul Haenle, Victor Lang, Joerg Wuttke

PRESIDENT: Alan Babington-Smith enquiries@rasbj.org


     Archives:  archives@rasbj.org                                               Melinda Liu, Lars Ulrik Thom    

     Communications/Wechat: communications@rasbj.org        Deedy Zhao, Jim Nobles

     Events/Webmaster: events@rasbj.org                                   Melinda Liu, Deedy Zhao

     Membership: membership@rasbj.org                                  John Olbrich

     Secretary: rasliaison@rasbj.org                                           Chris Wang

     Publications: please contact enquiries@rasbj.org

     Treasurer: treasurer@rasbj.org                                           John Olbrich



Peter Batey OBE

Peter Batey is Chairman of Vermilion Partners. Vermilion is a private equity and corporate advisory firm focused on China. Prior to establishing Vermilion, Peter was Chairman of Batey Burn, which he co-founded in 1989. He became Chairman of APCO Asia upon its acquisition of Batey Burn in 1999.

Peter is the City of London's representative in Beijing. He is Chairman of the China Index Fund and a director of a number Sino-foreign joint venture companies and wholly foreign-owned enterprises. He is also Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre and a member of both the Executive Committee and Council of the China Britain Business Council.   Peter served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China 1994-96 and co-founded the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China in 1999, serving initially as Vice President and later as President in 2001-02.

Peter has lived and worked in China since 1986, in the first instance assisting in the establishment of the Arthur Andersen & Co.’s Chinese presence, and serving as its Chief Representative in China. He graduated from Oxford University 1981 and in 1982, he became political private secretary to former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1997 for services to Sino-British trade


Paul Haenle

Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, a foreign policy research center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Paul serves as the inaugural director of the center and is an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses on foreign policy to Chinese and international students.   Paul also serves as a senior advisor at Teneo Strategy, a global business-consulting firm that provides strategy and counsel to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies as well as Chinese firms involved in international investment.

Paul has over 20 years of U.S. government experience, most recently serving five years at the White House under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. During that time, Paul worked in the West Wing as the principal assistant to the President’s National Security Advisor and again in the White House as the China Director. From 2007 to 2008, Paul also played a key role as the White House Representative to the Six-Party Talks, the multilateral framework for nuclear negotiations with North Korea. He was selected by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to be an inaugural member of the U.S.-China Young Leaders forum, a program designed to enhance relations between Americans and Chinese leaders in a diverse variety of professional fields.

Trained as a China Foreign Area Officer in the U.S. Army, Paul was assigned twice to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, and also worked in the Pentagon as a China political-military advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Early assignments in the U.S. Army included postings in Germany, Desert Storm 1991, Korea and Kuwait. Paul retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. 

In addition to the Beijing Chapter of the Royal Asiatic Society, Paul also serves as an advisor to SAGE Worldwide, a global event and speaker consulting firm based in Beijing; the Young China Watchers, a global platform for facilitating dialogue between international and Chinese young professionals; and Atlas-China, a human resources firm specializing in finding opportunities for young professionals in the China job market.

Paul received a bachelor’s degree of science in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1988 and a master’s degree in Asian Studies from Harvard University in 2001.


Victor Lang

Victor Lang is president of MMD Asia Pacific of MMD Group, UK. Over the past 16 years, while he dedicated his time and efforts to develop and build MMD China into a successful company with two manufacturing plants, and seven sales and after-sales offices in the Asia Pacific region, he has also been researching on how to grow western small- and medium-sized companies in China market, and then to enhance their global competitiveness.

Victor Lang is also the chairman of Beijing ZFK Environment Technology Holding Ltd. specialising in promotion and investment on energy and environment technologies in China.

Before joining MMD Group in 1997, Victor, worked as Managing Director of China Huatang Investment Ltd., and also worked as a Consultant to Asia Development Bank for China Clean production Cluster Project, Consultant to World Bank for Energy Management Contract project after getting his MBA degree in 1993. He also had working experiences in Pfizer China, and China railways industry after he graduated from university in 1987.

Victor holds a BA Degree in Linguistics of Science and Technology from University of Central China; MBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); he studied DBA programmes in Cranfield School of Management, focusing research on cross-culture management and international management, and spent another two-years studying Chinese traditional culture and philosophy in Peking University.

He serves as vice chairman of MBA society of China Western Returned Scholars  Association, chairman of Beijing Ningbo Chamber of Commerce, chairman of CEIBS Beijing Golf Society.


Jörg  Wuttke

Chief Representative China, BASF China Ltd

Jörg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations. 

In January 2011 the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD, named Mr. Wuttke to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

In February 2011 EU Commissioner De Gucht nominated Mr. Wuttke in a small informal network of leading China experts to guide him on China issues.

In July 2013, Mr. Wuttke was elected Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, in 2005 he co-authored “The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” by Springer Publishing Trust in 2005; “Energy Resources Security” by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2006; “The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice” By Edgar Elgar Publishing in May 2012.

In 2008, he is featured in the book “My 30 years in China” as one of 13 prominent expatriates in China.

Mr. Wuttke is a Rotarian and a member of the European Bahai Business Foundation.



     Alan Babington-Smith is founder and Vice-President of the Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing. Having lived and worked in China since 2000,  he is a director of LMI-China, a leadership coaching business, and of Beijing’s International Festival Chorus.

    He is Joint Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Human Resources forum, and a former member of the Executive Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce.

   Before joining LMI in Beijing in 2003, he helped build three credit guarantee funds to support small -and medium-sized Chinese enterprises in Liaoning.

   From 1968 to 1990, he was a commercial banker working in London, Saudi Arabia and Asia. From 1990 to 2000, in Eastern Europe and Russia, he helped create several financial institutions.

      He graduated from Cambridge UK in 1968 with a Masters in Economics and History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

     He has helmed an America’s Cup yacht, has designed and built a courtyard house near Shenyang, and recites Homer.




RASBJ is a volunteer organisation, and we can always use more help!

Volunteers are welcome in the areas of:

·Events -  helping with logistics at specific  events, and with general organisation

·Membership - helping contact members, organise members-only activities, and manage our databases

·Archiveshelping catalogue archives and photographs


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