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Political Reform in China

What lies ahead for China’s foreign relations and economic and political reforms? General Secretary Xi Jinping was firmly established as China's "core leader" at the 19th Communist Party Congress in October 2017, and China is still on track to become the largest world economy in the next few decades. Yet China's foreign relations policies, especially with regard to trade with the United States, are proving to be a test of Xi's leadership. Will China continue with its very gradual political and economic liberalization reforms, which began 40 years ago with the fall of the Gang of Four and the end of the Cultural Revolution movement? How will China's increasingly complex economic and treaty ties to other nations influence the direction of political reforms in China, and vice versa?

At this event, a panel of four experts discussed these issues and examined the current state of reforms in China. This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute China Studies Program and Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies.

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4:00 p.m. — Presentation
6:00 p.m. — Reception

Registration is required to attend this event.


Songying Fang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University

David J. Firestein
Founding Executive Director, China Public Policy Center, and Clinical Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Elaine M. Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Houston

Xiaobo Lü, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Moderated by

Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D.
C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow, Baker Institute; and Professor in the Practice and Associate Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University



Mon, Nov. 5, 2018
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Kelly International Conference Facility