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"Caught between reform and control – China’s leadership under stress"

29 September 2016

The “Trier China Talks” offer a regular, high-caliber forum to examine and discuss China’s political development and international relations, with a particular emphasis on the impact on Germany and Europe.

Our discussions in September 2016 revolved around crucial questions: Can the tightening of disciplinary and ideological controls help to achieve the broad-based institutional and economic restructuring that the Xi Jinping leadership is aiming at? Or will top-down leadership rather establish political rigidity without facilitating economic dynamism and social innovation?

The speakers included:

  • Professor Dr. Jörn-Carsten Gottwald, Ruhr-Universität Bochum 
  • Professor Gaochao He, Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou
  • Lieutnant Colonel (GS) Daniel Schneider, Federal Ministry of Defence 
  • Dr. Dirk Schmidt, Trier University
  • Dr. Kristin Shi-Kupfer, MERICS 
  • Zhang Jieping, chief editor Initium, Hong Kong 
  • Professor Dr. Sebastian Heilmann, President MERICS
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