Leadership Change in China: A New Direction?

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Introduction by the Chair


Mr. David Fouquet, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies


Presentations by


Ms. Rebecca Fabrizi, Head of China Division, European External Action Service

Mr. Thomas König, ECFR China Programme co-ordinator

Professor Jiang Shixue, Deputy Director Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)


Discussion and Q&A


Leadership Change in East Asia Series: China

As the year 2012 came to an end, East Asia witnessed major changes in leadership: The People’s Republic of China nominated its fifth generation of leaders, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, in early November; in mid-December Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party experienced a landslide victory in the Lower House elections; and the Republic of Korea elected its first female President Park Geun-hye. In March and April, the European Institute for Asian Studies will host three seminars assessing the consequences of these political transitions, especially their impact on the relationship with the European Union and on the domestic, regional and international levels.


In their first months heading the country, China’s new leaders have been dealing mainly with challenges posed in the domestic realm. They have engaged in an unprecedented war on corruption, which seems to differentiate them from their predecessors. Such strong positioning is not yet evident in other crucial policy areas, such as economics and foreign policy. Will Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang depart from the previous generation of leaders? And if so, in which direction: Privatization or state planning; internationalism or nationalism.


Presentation of Thomas Koenig (Prezi)

Presentation of Jiang Shixue (PPT)

Article of Jiang Shixue


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March 19th, 2013 11:00 AM   through   12:45 PM

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