Making Sense of the Hu-Wen Era
Luncheon presentation by Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney; David Goodman, Professor of Chinese Politics and Academic Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
With Beijing gearing up for its once-a-decade leadership succession, President Hu Jintao prepares to step down as head of the People’s Republic of China’s fourth generation of leaders and pass on the baton to heir apparent Xi Jinping. As influential figures continue to work behind the scenes to influence key personnel decisions to be endorsed by the 18th national party congress scheduled for November 8, where does China stand a decade after President Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao’s rule? Where will its new leadership take it? What has been the legacy of President Hu’s decade in power?
Kerry Brown is Executive Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney. Prior to his current appointment, Professor Brown was Head of the Asia Program at Chatham House. Educated at Cambridge, London and Leeds Universities, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London in their China Section and then in Beijing as First Secretary. Professor Brown is the author of numerous books including Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century, Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China, and most recently, Hu Jintao, China's Silent Leader.
David Goodman is Professor of Chinese Politics and Academic Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. His research is concerned primarily with social and political change in China, particularly at the provincial and local level. Professor Goodman has written on the history of the Chinese Communist Party and local social and political change in China. Recent publications include Twentieth Century Colonialism and China, Peasants and Workers in the Transformation of Urban China and Middle Class China. He was educated at the University of Manchester, Peking University and the London School of Oriental and African Studies.