The JMSC will host a public talk (in Putonghua) by noted political blogger Wu Jiaxiang, titled The Prospects for Political Reform in China.
Modern China’s development, says Wu Jiaxiang, can be characterized as a race between the Tortoise (reform) and the Hare (revolution).
In the early 20th century, as China was plagued by a weak Qing government and widespread corruption, the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 brought an abrupt turnabout from step-by-step changes undertaken by Qing Dynasty reformers.
The Hare surged out in front. China is now in the midst of another era of gradual reforms, instituted by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. The question now becomes: can the Tortoise of CCP-led reforms gain the upper hand in the race before the Hare surges ahead once again? What are the prospects for reform and revolution in China?
Time: 5.30 – 7 pm
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009 (Thu)
Venue: Foundation Chamber, Eliot Hall, the University of Hong Kong
This talk is open to anyone interested.
About the speaker:
Formerly a deputy director of China’s Central Propaganda Department and deputy head of a political reform discussion group former within the CCP Central Committee’s Secretariat Office, Wu Jiaxiang took part in the drafting of former premier Zhao Ziyang’s political report to the 13th National Congress of the CCP in 1987. Wu has a degree in economics from Peking University. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University.
In recent years, Wu has become an active blogger in China. He is included among 17 popular Chinese bloggers in Super Blogs of China (????), a volume edited by Professor Ying Chan and Qian Gang of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre and published by Cosmos Books.