The importance of China’s economic presence is indisputable. With its impressive growth during these two past decades, China is becoming one of the most powerful countries and could, in couple of years, be more powerful than the United States, economically. In her November/December Foreign Affairs article, China’s Imperial President Xi Jinping Tightens His Grip, Dr. Elizabeth Economy explores how Xi Jinping is changing China’s development. Xi Jinping assumed power at a moment when China was politically adrift; he articulated a simple but powerful vision: the end of corruption and the rejuvenation of the nation. With this vision and his reforms, if successful, Xi would, in fact, revolutionize China. This would have a huge impact on the rest of the world. In the mean time, the U.S. and the rest of the world cannot afford to wait until Xi’s reforms play out. Dr. Economy believes that the U.S. should embrace Xi’s initiatives as opportunities for an international collaboration.
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Earlier Event: November 13Rick Hornik "The Future of Hong Kong"
Later Event: December 2Onno Ruding "Europe: Internal Issues and Tensions with Eastern Europe"