China's 12th Five-Year Plan: Analysis & Implications
Shifting away from an export-oriented economy to one that stresses domestic consumption, bridging the urban-rural divide, and focusing on the "quality" and not just the "quantity" of growth were some of the key features of China's 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) recently approved by the National People's Congress in Beijing. How feasible is it for China to achieve the targets it has set itself in the 12th FYP? What policies will have to be put in place to do so? What are some of the hurdles that will have to be overcome? The panel discussion will examine the core features of the 12th FYP and its economic, political, and social implications for China and explore some of the stumbling blocks that could impinge China's progress.
Shiu Shin-Por is a member of the Central Policy Unit which provides advice on policy matters to the Chief Executive, Chief Secretary, and Financial Secretary of Hong Kong. Shiu was previously Senior Visiting Fellow, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University; Asia Programs Fellow, John. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Executive Director of the One Countries Two Systems Research Institute. He is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
David Zweig is Chair Professor of the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the President of the Hong Kong Political Science Association and an advisory committee member of the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California. Professor Zweig is the author of numerous books, including Internationalizing China: Domestic Interests and Global Linkages.
Ronnie C. Chan (moderator) is Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Ltd. and Chairman of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. In Hong Kong and the Mainland of China, Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committees of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of the Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convenor of the Hong Kong Development Forum and an Advisor and former Vice President of the China Development Research Foundation of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.