What lies ahead for China’s economy and political reforms? The Chinese Communist Party's historic 19th Party Congress convened the week of Oct. 18 and announced the party’s leadership and agenda for the next five years. Yet questions remain about the country’s future direction. Will General Secretary Xi Jinping follow the tradition of the last 30 years and pick a successor who will replace him in 2022, or will he use the party meetings this year and next to change the constitution and solidify his leadership, in the style of Vladimir Putin? At the same time, China is facing an economic slowdown, leading some to wonder if Communist Party leaders will scale down their anti-corruption campaign in order to focus on stimulating economic development.
A panel of four experts discussed these issues and examined the current state of reforms in China. This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute China Studies Program. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerChina.
Wenhong Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Radio-Film-Television, The University of Texas at Austin
Carrie Liu Currier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies, Texas Christian University
Hans Stockton, Ph.D.
Cullen Trust for Higher Education/Fayez Sarofim Chair in International Studies; Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences; and Director, Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas
Jon Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Political Science, University of St. Thomas
Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D.
C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow, Baker Institute