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The Road Ahead for China’s Economy

In recent years, China has increasingly confronted new challenges in economic policy, including rising labor costs, low household consumption, rapid urbanization and inefficient domestic investment. While it is now widely acknowledged in Beijing that major structural adjustments are needed to address these issues, implementing serious reforms pose major challenges for the newly installed leadership.

On April 16, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings and China’s Caixin Media Group hosted a conference to examine the daunting challenges confronting China’s new leaders. The morning panels featured a discussion of the financial sector as well as the relationship between the domestic agenda for financial reform and China’s evolving strategy for outbound investment. The afternoon panels took a close look at the political obstacles to implementing major economic reform in areas such as tax policy, the household registration system and land transfers, as well as explore the impact of environmental and natural resource constraints on China’s economic growth.


China’s Outbound Investment


Zhang Lanlan

Managing Director and CEO - CICC U.S. Securities

Reforming China’s Financial System



Senior Associate, Asia Program - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace




Senior Associate, Asia Program - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

U.S.-China Relations and Shifting Global Energy Supply


Zhang Guobao

Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission and Director, National Energy Administration, People's Republic of China

Challenges to Implementing Reforms


Cai Fang

Director, Institute of Population and Labor Economics - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Environmental and Resource Constraints on China’s Growth


HUANG Yanzhong

Senior Fellow for Global Health - Council on Foreign Relations

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