Understanding China’s political development has never been as important as it is now, as China faces a number of emerging domestic and international challenges. Domestically, China will undergo a generational leadership transition in 2012 and the country is increasingly grappling with a number of issues arising from its dramatic and unprecedented economic growth. On the international front, China is confronted with a rapidly changing political and economic environment.
On May 9, the John L. Thornton China Center hosted a discussion in response to these evolving developments featuring a delegation of Chinese political scientists led by Yu Keping, director of Peking University’s China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics. Panelists focused on the internal logic of political development, trends and challenges in political development, and state-society relations and interest groups.
After each panel, the speakers took audience questions.
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[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24] There was a capacity to be a convener, each of us.That’s not available right now.
[On Chinese policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions] It’s not so much that they are concerned about global climate change, although that may be coming. It’s more because they are concerned about building local industries, and especially about cleaning up the air locally and regionally.