KCG Lunch-Time Seminar on Political Challenges for China’s Continued Economic Success
William H. Overholt, Ph.D. who is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Former President at the Fung Global Institute will give a KCG-Lunch-Time Seminar titled “Can Xi Jinping Succeed?” on November 15, 2019 at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). Overholt has decades of experience and extensive expertise in analysing Asia in general and its relations to the United States in particular. The presentation is thematically closely related to his recent book “China’s Crisis of Success”.
Abstract: China’s success has made its economy and polity so complex that continued success requires transformation. China is struggling with the needed transition. The Chinese social system has great strengths. For instance, through 2015 the number of Chinese families who owned homes was double the number of Indian families with access to a toilet. But Xi Jinping’s emphasis on political control has overwhelmed economic reform. That same emphasis on political control has turned the Communist Party from a vanguard party into an interest group, with serious long-term consequences.
The seminar will take place at 12.00 – 13.00 on Nov. 15, 2019 (Friday) in the Medienraum (A211) at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Kiellinie 66, 24105 Kiel). More information about the KCG Lunch-Time Seminars can be found here.