Reflections on China’s Transformation:
The People’s Republic at 70
On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, it is a time for reflection and debate on how China has transformed over this period. How do we make sense of the multiple faces of the Chinese body politic today, especially under the leadership of President Xi Jinping? How does the Chinese nation-state sustain and reform amid a global surge of anti-China sentiment? What is the essence of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy and in what way is it relevant to China’s future? These fundamental issues embedded in China’s extraordinary transformation from revolution to national rejuvenation will be discussed as will China’s future path.
Yan Xiaojun is an associate professor in politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong and director of the Research Hub on Institutions of China. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of law degree from Peking University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is the recipient of the 2012 Gordon White Prize by The China Quarterly for his research on new entrepreneurial party secretaries in rural China.
Speaker: Professor Yan Xiaojun,Associate Professor in Politics and Public Administration, HKU