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September Reading Group

  • 20 Sep 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250



Articles of Discussion: 
“China's New Revolution" by Elizabeth C. Economy
Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2018 pp. 60-74 


"Autocracy with Chinese Characteristics" by Yuen Yuen Ang
Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2018 pp. 39-46

PURE Insurance Building
6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 245
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

NOTE: Articles will be emailed to you when you register.

Description of and excerpts from "China’s New Revolution":

It was October 2017 and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping was addressing the 19th Party Congress. While acknowledging much still had to be done to rid the system of official corruption and provide greater equality with rising living standards for its citizens, Xi said "China was headed in the right direction—so much so, in fact, that he recommended that other countries draw on ‘Chinese wisdom’ and follow ‘a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing mankind’.” Elizabeth Economy states that Xi has “strengthened the position of state owned enterprises” and “empowered the party committees” as he designs a new global strategy.

Our September Reading Group will discuss questions such as: How does Elizabeth Economy’s description of Chinese political and economic evolution under Xi Jinping relate to the description provided by Yuen Yuen Ang? Does Economy believe that Chinese leadership will be forced to purse a less autocratic regime in favor of the Western model of liberalization?

Description of and excerpts from "Autocracy with Chinese Characteristics":

In 1998, the journalist Thomas Friedman pessimistically wrote that China’s growth would inevitably slow down as it liberalized its political economic system. Despite some slowing, China is now the world’ second largest economy. “One camp of critics “…insists that China represents a temporary aberration and that liberalization will come soon”, while “The other camp sees China’s success as proof that autocracies are just as good as democracies at promoting growth”. Our September Reading Group will examine how the Chinese system as evolved since 1998 and discuss the truth of the above assertions of economic growth under the conditions of democracy and autocracy.

We wish to thank our host Pure Insurance for the providing the facilities for our meetings.

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