The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and the Futures of Chinese Politics
December 4, 2017 | 4:00-6:00 pm
Orozco Room (712) | 66 W. 12th St, NY, The New School
A Public Talk with Andrew Nathan Columbia University | Hua Ze China Rights in Action | L.H.M. Ling The New School | Mark Frazier The New School | Xu Youyu Chinese Academy of Social Sciences | Zha Jianying Writer
About the Talk
As the now undisputed, strong leader of modern China, Xi Jinping is uniquely positioned to determine China’s future. Through his emphasis on the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative, (BRI), Xi demonstrates his intention for China to shape the contours of global affairs as well.
At the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping’s ideas on China’s development and role in global affairs were incorporated in the Party’s Constitution. With only five years in office, Xi has attained a level of personalized power and authority not seen in China in decades. But will Xi’s supremacy go unchallenged in the future? What are the prospects for political change in China under Xi’s self-stated “New Era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”. A panel of China experts will discuss these and related questions about China following the 19th Party Congress.
About the Book
This panel on China’s multiple political futures is being held in connection with the recent publication of To Build a Free China: A Citizen’s Journey (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2017) by Xu Zhiyong, a former ICI fellow, and translated by Joshua Rosenzweig and Yaxue Cao.
Dr. Xu is a prominent legal scholar, civil rights lawyer, activist, and founder of the New Citizens’ Movement. He was named one of Asia Weekly’s People of the Year in 2005 and one of the Southern People’s Weekly Top Ten Young Leaders of China in 2006. He was an ICI Fellow from 2008 to 2010. Professor Andrew Nathan, who wrote the introduction of the book, will share his thoughts and insights on the specific questions explored by Xu Zhiyong.
This event is organized in partnership with Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute and co-sponsored by The New School’s Global Studies Program and the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs.