In Autumn 2012, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will hold its 18th National People’s Congress. The Chinese president, Hu Jintao, prime minister, Wen Jiabao, and the other seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s highest decision-making body, will all transfer power. This once-in-a-decade event signifies a change at the upper echelons of China’s political hierarchy from the old to the new.
Prof. Wang will examine the potential impact that the rise of the princelings will have for China’s political economy, especially state-business relations. Prof. deLisle considers the implications of the leadership change for legal reform in China and for China’s stance on international law issues. Prof. Goldstein examines the prospects for continuity and change in China’s foreign policy following the transition to the “Fifth Generation”, and also considers several key foreign policy areas where the new leaders will face challenges. Prof. Burke-White will discuss the United States, China, and the international system.
*Funding provided by GAPSA. CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium, Penn Law School