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The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the Chinese State

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Monday, October 14, 2019
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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Relations
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APSI Speaker Series

In The Third Revolution, China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy provides an incisive look at the transformations underway in China today. Chinese leader Xi Jinping has unleashed a powerful set of political and economic reforms. Beyond its borders, Beijing has recast itself as a great power, seeking to reclaim its past glory and to create a system of international norms that better serves its more ambitious geostrategic objectives. In so doing, Chinese leadership is reversing the trend toward greater political and economic opening, as well as the low-profile foreign policy, put in motion by Deng Xiaoping's "Second Revolution" thirty years earlier.

Economy provides a wide-ranging exploration of Xi Jinping's political, economic and foreign policy priorities-fighting corruption, managing the internet, reforming the state-owned enterprise sector, improving the country's innovation capacity, enhancing air quality, and elevating China's presence on the global stage. She identifies the tensions, shortcomings, and successes of Xi's reform efforts over the course of his first five years as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and president of the Chinese state, and assesses their implications for the world. Finally, she provides recommendations for how the United States and others should relate to this vast nation in the coming years.