In a once-a-decade leadership succession, President Hu Jintao is preparing to step down as head of the People’s Republic of China’s fourth generation of leaders and pass on the baton to heir apparent Xi Jinping. Influential figures continue to work behind the scenes to influence key personnel decisions to be endorsed by the 18th Party Congress on November 8. Where does China stand a decade after President Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao’s rule? Where will its new leadership take it? What has been the legacy of President Hu’s decade in power? And what are the scenarios for the next decade?
DATE: October 23 (Tuesday)
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He directs the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union. He is the author of a work on Hu Jintao, ‘Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Ruler’ (2012), village democracy in China ‘Ballot Box China’ (2011), his ‘Contemporary China’ will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2013, and he is writing a book on the future of Shanghai, and on the Fifth Generation leadership which will appear in 2013. He is a former diplomat, and headed the Asia Programme at Chatham House before going to Australia.