Who is Xi? What do we know about him beyond his bland title as the President of the People’s Republic of China? As the strongest Chinese leader in recent years, President Xi Jinping has overseen a multitude of changes affecting both China’s domestic sphere and the international community. Thus, how did he come to power? What role will he play in the history of our time? From the anti-corruption campaign to “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” how has he transformed the political climate within one of the last surviving parties with “anti-capitalist” principles? What about the economy? Though no longer based on communist principles, it is certainly not the liberal free-market western scholars envisioned it to be. Yet, it is nevertheless characterized by rapid urban development, consumer market growth, and technological breakthrough, though complicated by downward pressure in recent years. How have these domestic factors together challenged Sino-US relations? How can the two countries work together to prevent a downward spiral? With China’s rising global influence, it is never too early to be acquainted with the face of China in the new era. Come join us at a panel discussion moderated by professor Ann Chih Lin, with professors Mary Gallagher, Alan Deardorff, and WCED fellow Jundai Liu as panelists, on how President Xi Jinping has reshaped contemporary Chinese politics and its relations with the United States! The event will be followed by a light reception.
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