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The 18th Party Congress and the Future of China
December 7, 2012 - 09:00-10:30
The 18th Party Congress entailed great changes for the Chinese Communist Party. The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invites you to a seminar about the latest developments in Chinese politics and how one can understand this autumn’s events in China.
At the 18th Party Congress, that ended on November 14, Vice President Xi Jinping was appointed new general secretary of the Communist Party, as expected. Next year he is expected to be sworn in as President. The seven members of the politburo standing committee were also revealed after the first meeting of the new central committee on November 15. At the congress it was also made clear that Hu Jintao steps down from his post as chairman of the party’s military affairs commission. What does that imply for the consolidation of Xi Jinping’s power? Which path is the new Chinese leadership expected to take? What impact can the change of leadership in China have on the future of the country?
Speaker: Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University, and a research associate of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University.
Commentator: Johan Lagerkvist, Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and expert on China’s domestic politics.
Coffee, sandwich and registration from 08.30
Location: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm
Seminar fee: UI-members free, non-members 100 SEK
Language: English The seminar will be moderated by Anna Jardfelt, director at UI.