‘China in the 21st Century: Challenges for the Leadership’

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SPEAKER: Jonathan Fenby CBE

Author, Journalist, and Founding Partner and China Director at Trusted Sources

TIME: 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 25th March 2014

VENUE: Committee Room 20, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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The rise of China has been one of the most remarkable global developments in recent history. From representing as little as 1.6% of the global economy in 1987, China overtook Japan as the world’s second largest economy in 2010, and, in 2011, Goldman Sachs suggested China will overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy in 2027. Notwithstanding its economic growth, however, much about contemporary China remains opaque to the West. In 2012, Xi Jinping succeeded Hu Jintao as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. A once-in-a-generation handover of power at the highest political echelon in the country, Xi Jinping’s election by the Politburo Standing Committee provoked intrigue and concern in the West about the future of the Communist state.

To be sure, China’s rise is not without its challenges. Overlooking controversy surrounding the cultural and environmental impacts of China’s growth, China faces profound questions about the sustainability of its economic growth, which has been largely based on exports to the West. In addition, there is the question of whether China’s increasing consumerist middle-class will demand greater political freedoms and, if so, how the Communist Party might deal with this. Furthermore, quite how the international community will react to the 21st century being dominated by a Communist state remains to be seen. Given these issues, insights into how the Communist Party of China functions and operates are most welcome.

By kind invitation of Heather Wheeler MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Jonathan Fenby CBE, Author, Journalist, and Founding Partner and China Director at Trusted Sources. Mr. Fenby will explore the major challenges that stand in the way of China’s global domination. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the political leadership in contemporary China, Mr. Fenby will detail political, economic, social and international challenges, each of which involves structural difficulties that will put the Communist system under strain.



Jonathan Fenby CBE has written seven books on China (as well as seven others on other subjects including France). His work has chosen as books of the year by The Economist, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, The New York Times and other leading publications.

He is the author of the Penguin History of Modern China and Tiger Head Snake Tails; China Today. His latest book, titled Will China Dominate the 21st Century?, is published this month. He broadcasts frequently as well as speaking at conferences, seminars, universities and corporate events in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia. He is a partner and China Director of the research service, Trusted Sources, serving global financial institutions and companies

Formerly Editor of The South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service, he has also held senior editorial positions with The Economist, The Independent and The Guardian. He is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight of both the French Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour.

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