In Conversation with Khalid Malik
China is an emerging superpower set to take on a growing leadership role on the world stage. Yet even as China's economy flourishes and over 500 million people have been lifted out of poverty, the country faces many challenges such as the rising gap between rich and poor, social reforms, environmental degradation and unemployment. What is the role of United Nations and the UN Development Program in China? What are the prospects for China's continued growth? What progress has China made in social reforms? What can developing countries learn from China in terms of poverty reduction? Khalid Malik is the UN Resident Coordinator in China, assuming the post in 2003. He is a development practitioner with extensive leadership and management experience and has held a variety of key managerial, technical and policy positions both in the field and at headquarters. From 1993 to 1997, he served as the UN Representative in Uzbekistan. He is on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre of China Studies and is currently working on a book analyzing China's development experience and its future prospects. Mr. Malik was educated as an economist at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, and Punjab.