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  • Speaker | 13 October, 2017

    Reform Challenges Facing the Next Party Congress

    Drawing on his latest book, Cracking the China Conundrum – Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong, Yukon Huang will highlight issues faced by the next Party Congress, focusing on options for dealing with China’s debt problems, sustaining rapid growth, curtailing corruption, moderating trade and investment tensions with the West, and coping with pressures for economic liberalization. Many of the mainstream assumptions for addressing these issues are misguided, our speaker argues, and thus the related policy prescriptions are flawed.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Yukon Huang is currently a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C. He was formerly the World Bank’s Country Director for China. He is an advisor to the World Bank, ADB, AIIB and various governments and corporations. His research focuses on China’s economy and its regional and global impact. Dr. Huang has published widely on development issues in professional journals and the public media. He is a featured commentator for the Financial Times on China and his articles are seen frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, National Interest and Caixin. His recent books include East Asia Visions, Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia and International Migration and Development in East Asia and the Pacific. His latest book Cracking the China Conundrum:Why Conventional Economic Is Wisdom Is Wrong was published by Oxford University Press (2017). He has a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University.


    Speaker | 26 September, 2017

    Foreign policy implications of the 19th Party Congress

    Xi Jinping is likely to stay close to the core agenda, both domestic and external, that we have seen so far, argues our speaker Dr. David Kelly.

    Less risk-averse externally than domestically, Xi has moved from Deng Xiaoping’s ‘hiding and biding’ to ‘new-style major power diplomacy’, i.e. being proactive.

    He proposed a ‘China Solution’ at the Hangzhou G20 summit a year ago, packaging up some major policy items: Belt and Road, AIIB, safeguarding global trade, combatting global warming, gaining the right to be heard, promoting communities of common destiny, win-win cooperation, etc.

    These claims to be ‘taking the lead’ internationally accelerated with Brexit and Trump, giving Beijing a windfall publicity advantage. In many if not all cases, these initiatives are encountering headwinds. North Korea is the main case in point, says Dr. Kelly, but challenges are emerging over the map, and Wolf Warrior II may not prove a reliable guide to solving them.


    Dr David Kelly is research director at China Policy, where he provides expert advice to large public and private sector organisations on the commercial impact of China’s external policies. His areas of specialisation include China’s financial diplomacy, the global economic impact of China’s governance model, and political risk.

    First studying in China in 1975-76, David took an Honours degree in philosophy and social sciences from Sydney University before completing a PhD in Chinese studies. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at ANU, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Chinese studies at the University of Chicago. He held a research position at the ANU, taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy and held a professorship the University of Technology Sydney in a research career that led to many authored and co-authored books and journal articles. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (2004-08).

    He joined Philippa Jones in setting up China Policy in 2011, where he worked in database development, governance and politics, and now directs research on geopolitics. He has held a visiting professorship at Peking University’s Institute of Sociology and Anthropology. A sought-after commentator, he regularly appears in international print and broadcast media, often discussing the external impact of China’s internal governance.

    DATE: Sept 26 (Tuesday) 6-7:30pm
    VENUE:Embassy of the Czech Republic, 2 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai
    ENTRANCE:FCCC Members free, Non-members: 100RMB.