Apr 7

Past Event

China’s New Leadership: The Outlook for Politics and Policy

Event Materials


In March, the 11th National People’s Congress established the second term of China’s Hu Jintao-Wen Jiabao Administration and ushered in many important changes in China’s party, government, and military leaderships. Along with last fall’s 17th Party Congress, the March 2008 meeting consolidated Hu Jintao’s position as China’s top official while also preparing the country for the leadership turnover which will take place in 2012-2013. The Congress put in place a new cast of economic decision-makers and initiated new spending programs designed to enhance social security and improve China’s environmental protection. It also put forward a new proposal for cross-Strait relations and shuffled the People’s Liberation Army commanders.

On April 7, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University hosted a conference to examine what these changes mean for politics and policy in Beijing. After each panel, participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Welcoming Remarks, 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

  • First Keynote Address, 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

    • Tom Fingar

      Chairman, National Intelligence Council

  • Panel I: Political Leadership and Succession, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Lunch and Second Keynote Address, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    • Susan Shirk

      Director, UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

  • Panel II: New Socio-Economic Tensions and Policy Responses, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    • Joseph Fewsmith

      Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University

    • Barry Naughton

      So Kwan Lok Professor of Chinese and International Affairs, University of California at san Diego

    • Albert Keidel

      Senior Associate

      The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • Panel III: The Taiwan and Military Policies of a Rising China, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    • Alan Romberg

      Distinguished Fellow and Director of the East Asian Program, The Henry Stimson Center

    • Michael Swaine

      Senior Associate, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    • Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

      Professor of History, Georgetown University


April 7, 2008

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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