SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

The China Paradox

Dr Paul Clifford
Dr Paul G. Clifford (President, Paul G. Clifford & Associates)

Date: 4 December 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2017Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar


Over the last four decades the Chinese Communist Party has set aside its earlier dogmatism and hubris in order to pragmatically launch bold economic reforms. Dr Clifford draws deeply from his own personal experience at the front line of that transformation to explain how the Chinese economy has achieved take-off while at the same time the Party has maintained its iron grip on power. He shares case studies on the restructuring of state industry, the role of foreign investment and the emergence of Chinese firms onto the world stage. He provides insight into both the strengths and fragility of this hybrid developmental model and the prospects of its sustainability.   


Dr Clifford has over 30 years of China experience.  He is the author of a new book on China’s economic reforms entitled The China Paradox – Report from the front line of economic transformation, published by De Gruyter.
He was with Cisco Systems where he was responsible for China strategy and alliances and before that was Managing Partner, China, at Oliver Wyman, providing strategy consulting to Chinese and foreign firms, and Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago. He has taught Chinese history, politics and language at universities in the UK and Mexico. He has a PhD in Modern Chinese history from SOAS, University of London, and a post-graduate diploma from Peking University. He is fluent in Chinese.

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