In 2016, Li acquired the Bachelor of Laws in diplomacy major at Beijing Foreign Studies University. From 2016 to 2019, Li worked for Beijing Government as a Government Official. He also acquired the Master of Social work at Party School of Chinese Communist Party Central Committee during the period. From the autumn of 2019 to 2020, Li achieved his MSc China and Globalisation from Kings College London with distinction. Before joining Loughborough University, Li acquired the MA History from University College London with high merit from 2020 to 2021. Now he is studying PhD degree of Politics, History, and International Relations at Loughborough University, being fully funded by Chinese Government Scholarship.
PhD Topic: The Change of Diplomatic Ideas and Practices in the Late Qing Dynasty (1860—1914)
This research seeks to understand how the Qing state's self-perception shifted from being the centre of the world to semi-peripheral by examining the transformation of Qing officials' and intellectuals' ideas during the period from 1840 to 1914 and how the Qing Chinese concept of the international system changed. Furthermore, it examines how this change of understanding boosted the establishment of a modern diplomatic system and practice in an ancient empire.
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