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The People's Republic of China at 60: Will the Good Times Last?

The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College presents a talk with Minxin Pei.

September 22, 2009 4:15pm to 12:00am

As China gets ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, it is time to reflect on China's national experience under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party.  China has undergone two revolutions -- the communist social revolution that eventually resulted in unspeakable political turmoil and human suffering and the on-going capitalist revolution that has transformed Chinese society and the country's relationship with the world.  How should we assess the role of the Chinese Communist Party in China's most recent turbulent history?  Has the party itself found a magic formula of governing 1.3 billion people with a Leninist authoritarian political system and bureaucratic capitalism?  What challenges lie ahead for China and its ruling party?  Will the good times today last for another 60 years?

Dr. Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College (CMC).  Prior to coming to CMC, he was senior associate  and the director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  His research focuses on democracy in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and US-China relations.  He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (2006).  His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books.  Pei is a frequent commentator on BBC World News, Vice of America, and National Public Radio; his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek International, and International Herald Tribune, and other major newspapers.  Pei received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.



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