SOAS University of London

Annual SOAS China Institute debate on the sustainability of the Chinese model

10 April 2018

The 2018 SOAS China Institute ‘China Debate’ will bring together experts from across government business and academia to discuss the sustainability of the Chinese model.

Moderated by Graham Hutchings, Principal at Oxford Analytica, the debate will explore the basis of China’s success in the last four decades, and to examine the link between its ‘economic miracle’ and the political system. 

The panellists include:

  • Moderator: Graham Hutchings (Oxford Analytica)
  • Professor Jane Duckett (University of Glasgow)
  • Professor Nicholas Lardy (Peterson Institute for International Economics)
  • Professor Minxin Pei (Claremont McKenna College, USA)
  • Professor Yinhong Shi (Renmin University of China)

China possesses the second largest economy in the world, a key source of global economic growth, and a political system that offers an alternative to democracy. Although recent years have seen China entering a ‘new normal’ of a slowing economy, its success in securing growth of nearly 10% per annum for over the previous three decades is a record unmatched by any country in human history. 

But China is also facing enormous challenges; including rise in debt, environmental degradation, inequality, and the need to rebalance the economy, which threaten to derail it from this buoyant trajectory and raises fundamental questions about the sustainability of the Chinese Model.

The panellists will engage with the subject from a range of perspectives in an attempt to assess the likely trajectory of China’s development in the coming decade and beyond.

The debate will be held on 26 April from 6.00pm. For further information and to register, visit the event pages.