China’s 18th Party Congress has just concluded its meeting to confirm the next generation of Chinese leadership. Xi Jinping will replace Hu Jintao as both President and as head of the Central Military Commission. The, now seven, members of the Politburo Standing Committee will come to power at a time of growing prosperity for China, but also of great economic, political, and security challenges.
Asia Society is pleased to offer our members a conversation on the transition with leading China expert Orville Schell. Schell will discuss the leadership transition and what it means for the future of U.S.-China relations. He will also take questions from participants.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader: The Reform Years, and Mandate of Heaven: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square and the Next Generation of China's Leaders. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Granta, Wired, Newsweek, Mother Jones, The China Quarterly, and The New York Review of Books. Schell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University in the 1960s, and earned a PhD (Abd) at University of California, Berkeley in Chinese History. He worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and has traveled widely in China since the mid-1970s.
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