In conversation: China

Sunday 20 October, 5.15pm until 6.15pm, Pit Theatre Wrestling with the World

The rise of China has been one of the most notable features of the 21st century so far. As the most populous nation on Earth develops, all kinds of new issues are arising, both external – such as tensions with Japan and North Korea, relations with Pakistan and various African countries – and internal, with housing bubbles, popular concerns over pollution, the extent of media liberalisation, the clampdown on corruption and the rate of urbanisation, as well as migrant labour rights, ethnic minority protests, one-child policies and educational reform. China is moving fast and so is the debate. What are the key issues to be watching in general, and in particular, what are the implications of the first twelve months of the new government? And what does this tell us about the nature of the Chinese Dream?

Speakers
Jonathan Fenby
China director and managing partner, Trusted Sources; author, Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today

Professor Alan Hudson
director of leadership and public policy programmes, University of Oxford; visiting professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Dr Xin Xin
senior research fellow, China Media Centre, University of Westminster; author, China's Soft Power (forthcoming)

Chair:
Austin Williams
associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives

Produced by
Austin Williams associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives
Recommended readings
The 'China Dream' Deferred: How The Lack of Social Mobility Limits Ambitions

A study of four archetypal bank interns illustrates how difficult it is for the humbly born to advance in Chinese society.

Rachel Lu, Atlantic, 13 August 2013

What does Xi Jinping's China Dream mean?

China and the US are global rivals - yet when it comes to inspirational appeal, China has no match for the American Dream. But that may be changing, as Beijing promotes Xi Jinping's new slogan - the China Dream.

Martin Patience, BBC, 6 June 2013

China's challenges: political change, pollution and protest

Leading commentators outline the problems – and opportunities – ahead for Beijing

Guardian, 18 March 2012

China's Greatest Threat Is Internal

I have been travelling to China for more than three decades, but never have I encountered a Chinese leadership so uncertain of the country's future.

Richard N. Haass, Council on Foreign Relations, 28 December 2011

To build or not to build?

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