What’s next for China? Baker Institute event to explore country’s economic, political reforms


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

What’s next for China? Baker Institute event to explore country’s economic, political reforms

HOUSTON – (Oct. 24, 2018) – Experts will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 5 to discuss what lies ahead for China’s foreign relations and economic and political reforms.

The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s China Studies Program and Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is free and open to the public; visit www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1972 to register.

Who: Panelists Songying Fang, associate professor of political science Rice; David Firestein, founding executive director of the China Public Policy Center and clinical professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin; Elaine Liu, associate professor of economics at the University of Houston; and Xiaobo Lü, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute and professor in the practice and associate director of the Chao Center, will serve as moderator.

What: A panel discussion titled “Political Reform in China.”

When: Monday, Nov. 5, 4-6 p.m. A reception will be held at 6.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

General Secretary Xi Jinping was firmly established as China’s “core leader” at the 19th Communist Party Congress in October 2017, and China is still on track to become the world’s largest economy in the next few decades, according to event organizers. Yet China’s foreign relations policies, especially with regard to trade with the United States, are proving to be a test of Xi’s leadership, they said.

Panelists will discuss whether China will continue with its very gradual political and economic liberalization reforms, which began 40 years ago with the fall of the Gang of Four and the end of the Cultural Revolution movement, and also whether China’s increasingly complex economic and treaty ties to other nations will influence the direction of political reforms in China and vice versa.

A live webcast will be available at the event page, www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1972.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.