The International Studies Public Forum and Center for Asian Studies present

"Party Time in Beijing: Prospect for Change after China's Leadership Transition"
with Minxin Pei, Professor of Government and the Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100

The ruling Chinese Communist Party is about to hand its power to a new generation of leadership. The transition is taking place amid a slowing economy, rising social tensions, frayed unity among elites, and worsening diplomatic relations with the United States and Japan.  What are the key challenges that lie ahead for the new leadership?  How capable are these new leaders in managing these challenges?  How will these challenges affect the medium-term survivability of the Chinese Communist Party? This lecture will try to address these important questions and uncertainties and examine the likelihood of disruptive changes in China after three decades of relative stability and fast-paced economic development.

Reading list:
Richard McGreggor, The Party
Jeffrey Bader: Obama and China's Rise
James Fallows, Postcards from Tomorrow Square
Philip Pan, Out of Mao's Shadow

For more information, please contact Sandy Cushman, scushman@uci.edu or 949-824-3344

 

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