Beijing Drama: Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Drive and the Future of Chinese Politics

Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker ‘72 Professor of Government and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies

Beijing Drama: Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Drive and the Future of Chinese Politics by ChicagoCouncil

The stakes are high for China and its president, according to Minxin Pei. In recent months, President Xi Jinping has embarked on an extensive anti-corruption campaign, promising to sanitize China’s network of embedded factions and interest groups. But as Xi increases his anti-corruption efforts, he will be faced with inevitable challenges including prosecuting members of China’s highest elite while also maintaining Beijing’s influence throughout the country. These difficulties – as well as a complex economic reform package and a looming environmental crisis – will test Xi’s domestic prowess. How will Chinese leadership transform policies into action? What will the internal dynamics of Chinese politics mean for America and the rest of the world?

Speaker Bio

Pre-Reads

Minxin Pei, “Crony Communism in China,The New York Times, October 17, 2014

Schedule

5:30 p.m.: Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.: Presentation and discussion

7:15 p.m.: Adjournment