At the November 2013 Third Plenum, China’s leaders committed to an ambitious program of economic reform. Now their challenge is to convert those commitments into a realistic and sustained program of change. Barry Naughton, just back from fall term at Tsinghua University in Beijing, examines the achievements and obstacles, and discusses how these fit in with the other initiatives of Xi Jinping’s complex emerging agenda.
Barry Naughton is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is one of the world’s top experts on the Chinese economy, and a long-term analyst of Chinese economic policy. Naughton received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1986. Naughton was named the So Kuanlok Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) of the University of California at San Diego in 1998. He has consulted extensively for the World Bank, as well as for corporate clients. Naughton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.