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  • | 27 February, 2017

    China’s underground sex industry and growing gender inequality in the reform era

    Zhang Lijia was inspired by the secret life of her grandmother to investigate China’s massive underground sex industry. She will talk about how she gained insight into the trade which formed the basis of her new novel, Lotus  – a story of a young migrant-worker-turned-prostitute as she carves out a life for herself in Shenzhen, China’s ‘City of Sins’. In addition to some fascinating and colourful anecdotes, Lijia will discuss the deeply-flawed current legal system tasked with managing the social problem, such as ‘custody and education’, similar to the notorious ‘laogai’; how the working girls have often been brutally treated; the broad social issues that have led to the spectacular rise of China’s sex industry, and the growing gender inequality in the reform era.

    The event will be moderated by Ian Johnson, a Beijing-based correspondent for the New York Times, the New York Review of Books and other publications. His next book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, will be published in April.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Zhang Lijia, is a Beijing-based writer and social commentator and the author of the memoir “Socialism is Great!.” Lotus – a story of a migrant-worker-turned-prostitute – is her first novel.

    Speaker | 22 February, 2017

    The Trump-Putin relationship and its implications for China.

    The United States and Russia have been drifting towards a Cold War II for some time. Now, as the White House ponders improving ties with the Kremlin, what does it mean for the future of U.S.-Russia relations? What is the true nature of the Trump-Putin relationship and can the new administration craft a complex and sustainable approach to Russia that will deter adventurism in Eurasia, bolster U.S. commitments to its European allies, and tackle U.S.-Russian competition and conflict in cyberspace?

    And what does it all mean for China-Russia relations? Facing sanctions from the West after its annexation of Crimea, Moscow drifted further into the embrace of Beijing. But will the Trump presidency seek to shift the balance in the power dynamic? Russian and U.S. policy experts hosted by the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center will examine the prospects for Trump and Putin’s fundamental shift to a more positive U.S.-Russia relationship, and the implications for China.


    Andrew Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.

    Alexander Gabuev is a senior associate and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research is focused on Russia’s policy toward East and Southeast Asia, political and ideological trends in China, and China’s relations with its neighbors.

    Paul Stronski is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.

    DATE: February 22 (Wednesday) 9:30-11am
    ENTRANCE: Free for FCCC members, 100RMB for non-members