Nov 1

Past Event

Escaping the Middle Income Trap

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Beijing Time (China Standard Time)
Location: Auditorium Hall, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 


China is at a turning point in its economic development. With its double-digit economic growth rate coming to an end, China now faces new challenges that could threaten its progress to catching up with living standards in the United States, Japan and Western Europe. China faces the danger of not being able to move beyond the so-called "middle-income trap," a phenomenon that describes a country when its growth plateaus and eventually stagnates after reaching middle income levels. It has long plagued Latin America, and Malaysia has had an extended struggle with it in the past decade.

On November 1, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC) hosted a public forum featuring experts who have recently completed a landmark study on how China could escape the same trap in which many other developing countries have languished. The presentations and discussions were based on the recently published book, A New Economic Growth Engine for China: Escaping the Middle-Income Trap by Not Doing More of the Same, co-edited by Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Wing Thye Woo.

The event was held in both English and Chinese with interpretations. The speakers took audience questions after each panel discussion.

Feng Wang

Feng Wang

Wing Thye Woo

Wing Thye Woo

Event Agenda

  • 2:00pm - Panel 1: Continued High Growth Requires a New Growth Paradigm

  • 4:00pm - Panel 2: Deepening the Reforms Comprehensively

    • Moderator

      Yang Yanqing

      Deputy Editor-in-Chief

      The First Caijing Group

    • Cai Fang


      Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

    • Feng Jin


      Fudan University

    • He Lixin


      Fudan University

    • He Liping


      Beijing Normal University

    • Zhang Yan


      Fudan University


November 1, 2012

2:00 AM - 5:30 AM EDT

Brookings-Tsinghua Center

School of Public Policy and Management Auditorium


For More Information

Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy