Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping: Renaissance, Reform, or Retrogression?
Veteran Sinologist Willy Lam, who has just published Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (Routledge, 2015), talked about the career, ideology and statecraft of the Fifth-Generation leader. Lam addressed President Xi Jinping’s ultra-conservative strategy to perpetuate the Chinese Communist Party’s “perennial ruling party” status – and how the 62-year-old princeling could emerge as the “Mao Zedong of the 21st Century.” Lam also touched on the charismatic strongman’s anti-corruption campaign, his efforts to erect a personality cult around himself, and his zero tolerance for dissent as well as social and cultural diversity. Also discussed was the Xi administration’s game plan for displacing the United States as the ultimate arbiter of the Asia-Pacific region in the coming decade or two, as well as the Xi team’s ambitious global power-projection policies such as the “One Belt, One Road” gambit. The talk will conclude with a discussion of whether the CCP regime would face a cataclysmic crisis in the coming four or five years.
Dr Willy Lam teaches Chinese politics and foreign policy at the Center for China Studies, the History Department, and the Master’s Program on Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a former China writer and editor at the South China Morning Post and CNN. Lam has published seven books including Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era (Routledge, 2006). He is a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a foreign-policy think tank in Washington DC.
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