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The Politics of Reform in China

Steven W. Lewis | Aynne Kokas

The Politics of Reform in China.

Rice University’s Baker Institute celebrates its 20th year in 2013. To mark this milestone, we have planned a special series of events that highlight our programs and research. Join us throughout the year for lectures and conferences on important and timely issues, including U.S.-Middle East policy, U.S. fiscal policy and immigration reform.

As part of the 20th anniversary program, the Baker Institute Transnational China Project hosts a discussion on the impact of new media on political reform in China. Over the last 30 years, the red banners, gongs and drums of traditional mass mobilization in the People’s Republic of China have gradually given way to microblogs, social networking and public service advertising campaigns. The media of politics in China have changed radically with the introduction of a global internet infrastructure, smartphones and social networking media, potentially making obsolete even such flagship print and broadcast media as People’s Daily, Liberation Daily and China Central Television. At this event, three Chinese media experts will examine what the once-in-a-decade leadership changes at the Communist Party of China’s 18th Party Congress last November and the introduction of the new state leadership at the 12th National People’s Congress last month reveal about how both China’s leaders and its average citizens alike are using new media to openly and frankly discuss political reform in the resulting digital public forums.

Click here to watch a video of the event.