As China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct 1, it will look back on six decades of tireless pursuit of becoming a “strong nation” that was often met by turmoil, chaos, and failures in the initial years. Following 30 years of breathtaking economic development, the country has indeed emerged as a strong nation on the global stage. But the challenge to build a modern political system remains daunting.
Political scientist Wang Zhengxu will discuss the lessons of the last 60 years and the challenges that China will continue to face as it seeks to build an effective state and democratic society. He takes a look into the future, examining the possibilities of China being a democratic state around 2049, in time for the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic.
DATE: Thursday, September 24th
VENUE: Singapore embassy, No. 1 Xiu Shui Bei Jie (go south from south gate of Ritan Park) 朝阳区建国门外秀水北街1号. Click here for map http://www.mfa.gov.sg/beijing/Embassy.pdf
电话（Tel）：65321115 ext. 223.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr Wang Zhengxu is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute. He researches Chinese politics, focusing on political reform and democratic changes. He has written and edited books, and penned journal articles on democratization in China and East Asia. His opinion pieces have been published in the Singapore-based Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao and other media. From this year, he is directing a Euro 1.43 million research project examining Chinese perception of the EU, and a Marie Currie Fellowship project examining local democratization in China.
Dr Wang got his PhD in Political Science and Higher Education from the University of Michigan in 2005. He enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons, as well as badminton and volleyball tournaments.