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Think Tanks in China: Growing Influence and Political Limitations

Decades of remarkable economic growth have brought dramatic transformations to China. These changes present China with unprecedented and complex challenges on both domestic and foreign policy issues. With increasing demand for sound and innovative policy initiatives, think tanks are now rising in relevance in China. What role do Chinese think tanks play to help China’s policy-makers develop new ideas, overcome obstacles and move the country forward?

On October 23, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings will host a discussion on the role Chinese think tanks play in addressing China’s internal and external issues, the parallel between these institutions and their American counterparts, and the political limitations they face today. Panelists will also examine the interactions between the Chinese leadership and the country’s prominent think tanks as well as their potential impact on China’s future.

After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.



Featured Panelists


Lili Wang

Visiting Research Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center


James G. McGann

Director - Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania

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