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The PRC at 70: Past, Present -- and Future?


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On October 1, 2019, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. From a war-decimated country in 1949, China is now the world’s largest economy in purchasing-power-parity terms. From Mao Zedong to Deng Xiaoping, China’s path to wealth and power was filled with calamitous setbacks and spectacular successes. Under Xi Jinping, the country continues to face many uncertainties: a slowing economy, structural and demographic pressures, “strategic competition” from the U.S., and challenges in its periphery from Hong Kong to Xinjiang.

The China Program’s winter/spring 2020 colloquia series features speakers to help focus on where China has been, where it is now, and where it may be headed. From volatilities in U.S.-China relations; shifting military strategy to changing economic policies; the fate of Deng Xiaoping’s legacy to enduring Maoist influences; rising nationalism to digital authoritarianism, “The PRC at 70” will focus on China’s own evolving understanding of itself and its changing relationship to the world.