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Quo vadis, China ? – Challenges and opportunities for China’s new leadership

December 6, 2012 - 17:00

With the constitution of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in mid-November, the decade-long era of Party Secretary Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has come to a close. Their successors, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, have taken over the responsibility for governing a country full of contradictions.

As the dependence on foreign direct investments, massive environmental damage, severe corruption and the increase in social unrest shows, the prevailing development model of growth at all costs has outlived itself. How will the new leadership react to these challenges? Will the political system become even more repressive, or are there hopes for political reform? Is the Chinese Communist Party fit to govern the country for ten more years?

These and other questions concerning the new leadership are discussed by Joseph Fewsmith (University of Boston) and Willy Lam (Chinese University of Hong Kong). The discussion will be moderated by Christian Göbel (Lund University).

Joseph Fewsmith
Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia. He is the author of six books, including: China Today, China Tomorrow (2010), China Since Tiananmen: The Politics of Transition (2nd ed, 2008), Elite Politics in Contemporary China (2001), and The Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate (1994). He is one of the foremost experts worldwide on elite politics in China.

Willy Wo-Lap Lam
With more than 30 years of experience in writing and researching about China, Willy Wo-Lap Lam is a recognized authority on areas including the Chinese Communist Party, public administration, foreign policy, the People’s Liberation Army, as well as the country’s economic and political reform. Dr Lam has worked in senior editorial positions in international media including Asiaweek newsmagazine, South China Morning Post, and the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of CNN.

Since early 2005, Dr Lam has been a Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan (www.aiu.ac.jp). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (History Department & Master of Global Political Economy Program); and a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation (www.jamestown.org), a leading foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.

Statsvetenskapliga Institutionen of Lund University,
Eden Auditorium
Paradisgatan 5H, Eden

Quo vadis, China ? – Challenges and opportunities for China’s new leadership


December 6, 2012