Apr 13

Past Event

Changes in China's Political Landscape: The 17th Party Congress and Beyond

Event Materials

Summary

On April 12th and 13th, the Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center hosted a conference to address Chinese political developments in the context of the 17th Party Congress. This landmark political event selected the next generation of Chinese leaders and define the policy vision that will guide China in the years to come. The participants sought to provide answers to such questions as "What transformations are likely to occur in China's political system in the next 10-15 years?" and "Is it possible that Chinese democracy will emerge from incremental political change?"

The conference addressed a wide range of topics, including the changing dynamics between leaders and institutions; new developments in the interaction between social forces and political elites; new tensions in governance and one-party rule; rising demand for the rule of law; shifting patterns of civil-military relations; and changes in center-local relations.

Sidney Rittenberg, author of The Man Who Stayed Behind, and a former interpreter for Mao Zedong with more than sixty years of experience observing Chinese politics firsthand, gave a keynote address on the first day of the conference.

April 12, 2007  |  April 13, 2007

9:00 - 10:45 a.m. Panel Four: Forces For and Against Democracy in China (Register)

Panelists:
Joseph FEWSMITH, Boston University
Minxin PEI, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Dorothy SOLINGER, University of California at Irvine

Moderator:
Wing Thye WOO, The Brookings Institution

11:00 - 12:45 p.m. Panel Five: Changes in China's Party-State and Military: Similar to Taiwan? (Register)

Panelists:
CHU Yun-han, National Taiwan University
Jing HUANG, The Brookings Institution
James MULVENON, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis

Moderator:
Jeffrey A. BADER, The Brookings Institution

Details

April 13, 2007

9:00 AM - 12:45 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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