China Under Xi Jinping: after who, what?

Professor Bo Zhiyue, Visiting Professor at the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore

A China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker lecture

19 March

With the conclusion of the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012, China has officially entered the era of Xi Jinping. A princeling who took over as general secretary of the Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi also succeeded Hu Jintao as president of the People's Republic of China in March 2013.

In this lecture, Professor Bo Zhiyue, a leading scholar on China's elite politics, will provide a brief introduction to the new leadership under Xi Jinping and speculate what policies this new leadership is likely to adopt for China's political, economic, and social development in the next five to ten years.

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Professor Bo Zhiyue is a Visiting Professor at the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Peking University and PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a recipient of the Trustees' Distinguished Scholar Award at St. John Fisher College and the inaugural holder of the Joe and Theresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University.

His research interests include China's elite politics, Chinese provincial leaders, central-local relations, cross-strait relations, and Sino-American relations. He is the author of a trilogy on Chinese political elites and elite politics: Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (2002);China's Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (2007); and China's Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (2010).