The most remarkable part of China’s transformation over the last thirty years has been left largely untold—the central role of the Chinese Communist Party. As an organization alone, the Party is a phenomenon of unique scale and power. It not only has a grip on every aspect of government, from the largest, richest cities to the smallest far-flung villages in Tibet and Xinjiang, it also has a hold on all official religions, the media, and the military. It presides over large, wealthy state-owned businesses, and it exercises control over the selection of senior executives of all government companies, many of which are in the top tier of the Fortune 500 list. Journalist Richard McGregor will discuss his recently released book The Party, a probing look at the most powerful force in China today.
DATE: Friday, August 6th
VENUE: Italian Embassy Cultural Office
2, San Li Tun Dong Er Jie – 100600 Beijing (enter from 3rd Ring road, see map)
Phone: +86 10 8532.7600
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Richard McGregor is a journalist and author based in London. Born in Sydney, Australia, he started his career at the Glebe & Western Weekly and Australian Associated Press before joining the Sydney Morning Herald. He has worked for most of the last two decades in north Asia, in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and China, first for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Australian newspaper.
In 2000, he was appointed as the Shanghai bureau chief for the Financial Times, and in 2005, as the China bureau chief. Mr McGregor has also reported for the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review and is the recipient of a numerous regional awards for his reporting.
Mr McGregor is the author of two books, ‘Japan Swings: Politics, Culture and Sex in the new Japan’, published in 1996, and most recently: ‘The Party: The Secret Life of China’s Communist Rulers’, described by The Economist as a “masterful depiction” of the Chinese political system. He is now the deputy news editor for the Financial Times.