Celebrating China Program's Tenth Anniversary: China's Possible Futures

Friday, May 12, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM

The China Program at Shorenstein APARC is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary with a conference on "China's Possible Futures."


Many perceive China as arriving at a critical juncture in its political, economic and social maturation. It strives to avoid the “middle income trap,” retain its one-party rule, and preempt social instability. While the past can never predict the future, the China Program will gather together renowned scholars, thought leaders, and policymakers to take stock of where China is now, evaluate its remarkable successes, and consider likely scenarios as it enters another crucial transition point in its social, economic and political maturation. What assumptions might still hold, what strategies may still work, which are no longer viable, and what new factors must be regarded in considering China’s potential “futures”? The conference will explore four sub-themes: (1) China’s economic future; (2) political future; (3) China’s international relations and global economic engagements; and (4) China’s future as seen in comparative perspective. 


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Please note that our anniversary conference will launch on May 11 with our annual Oksenberg Conference/Lecture. In this time of great political uncertainty in both the U.S. and in China, former Ambassador Max Baucus will give the keynote address followed by a panel discussion on U.S.-China relations. You may RSVP for the Oksenberg Lecture here.


Panel I: China’s Economic Future ~9:00 AM -10:45 AM

Chair: Andrew Walder (Stanford University)

  • Barry Naughton (U.C. San Deigo)

  • Karen Eggleston (Stanford Univerity)

  • Hongbin Li (Stanford University)

  • Mary Gallagher (University of Michigan) 


Panel II: China’s Political Future ~11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Chair: Thomas Fingar (Stanford University)

  • Alice Miller (Stanford University)

  • Andrew Wedeman (Georgia State University)

  • Jean Oi (Stanford University)

  • Xueguang Zhou (Stanford University)                                                                                           


Panel III: China's International Relations and Global Economic Engagements ~1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Chair: Karl Eikenberry (Stanford University)

  • Thomas Fingar (Stanford University)

  • M. Taylor Fravel (MIT)

  • Ho-Fung Hung (John Hopkins University)

  • David M. Lampton (John Hopkins University)


Panel IV: China’s Future: A Comparative Perspective ~3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Chair: Kathryn Stoner (Stanford University)

  • Amb. Max Baucus

  • Takeo Hoshi (Stanford University)

  • Gi-Wook Shin (Stanford University)

  • Andrew Walder (Stanford University)