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  • Speaker | 10 March, 2015

    China’s emerging middle class: Will they have a political impact?

    ‘A growing middle class inevitably leads to democracy’, this widespread hypothesis is partly based on Barrington Moore’s “Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World” (1966) and his famous assumption “no bourgeoisie, no democracy.” But is it really the case in China?  Dr. Alice Ekman, Research Fellow for China at the French Institute of International Relations will address this question by taking into account the disctintive features of this population group in China, its evolving relations with the Communist Party as well as the emerging generation gaps.

    DATE: Mar 10 (Tuesday)
    TIME: 3-4:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Liangmahe Nanlu 4, Sanlitun
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/10032015/

    Alice Ekman is Research Fellow for China at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), analyzing major domestic and foreign policy developments. She is also an associate professor at Sciences Po in Paris. Regarded as one of Europe’s leading experts on China, she is currently a member of the EU committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and provides analytical support on China to the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
    Her latest publications include: “The Distinctive features fo China’s middle class” (Asie. Visions # 69, Ifri, June 2014), “Asia-Pacific: the priority of China’s foreign Policy” (Politique étrangère, Autumn 2014 - English version to be publised in March 2015), and “Nationalism in China and Japan: influences on bilateral relations” (Asie. Visions #70, Ifri, July 2014 - English version to be published in March/April 2015)

    Speaker | 18 March, 2015

    China’s Economic Reforms and Role in Global Finance

    Join us as China scholar Eswar Prasad breaks down China’s growth prospects – the risks facing the economy and the progress of economic reforms. The currency expert and author of “The Dollar Trap” will detail the Renminbi’s internationalization, its future prospects as a global reserve currency and its potential role in international finance.

    DATE: March 18 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 11am-12:30pm
    VENUE: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Sanlitun Dong Yi Road
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door  to non-members. Please bring your passport or photo ID!
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/18032015/

    Eswar Prasad is the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a former head of the IMF’s China Division. His latest book, “The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance”, was selected as one of the Financial Times’ Best Economics Books of 2014. He is also the author of “Emerging Markets: Resilience and Growth Amid Global Turmoil” (with M. Ayhan Kose) and has published numerous other books, edited volumes, and articles in top academic journals.

    He has testified before various U.S. Congressional committees, appears frequently on major television and radio outlets, and has written op-ed articles for the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading newspapers