Understanding 21st Century China: All Under Heaven?


China has experienced remarkable changes since economic reforms were implemented in the 1980s and since then, China’s poverty rate has declined from 53% in 1981 to around 8% in 2001. Some analysts have cited reforms in the agricultural sector as an important factor behind the observed trend. It has exhibited double-digit annual economic growth rates in the previous years and in 2011, China has become the second largest economy in the world.

For the past years, it has fostered closer economic ties with other countries in Africa (which received considerable amounts of Chinese FDI) and in the Asia-Pacific region (in which China serves as a final product assembly hub of the regional production chain), therefore, emerging as an important player in regional affairs. However, China is currently facing an array of challenges which include further poverty reduction, rising inequality, and problems associated with rapid urbanization and environmental sustainability. Another issue is the potential slowdown of growth of economic activity in China in the coming years. These have significant implications given the important role that China currently plays in the realm of international economic and political affairs.

Event Details

"Understanding 21st Century China: All Under Heaven?"

April 02, 2014, 8:30 to 11:30AM

Fuller Hall, 3/F Asian Institute of Management



  • Professor Marwyn Samuels, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Liping Zheng, Asian Development Bank
  • Mr. Chito Sta. Romana, Former ABC Beijing Bureau Chief

Some questions that the forum aims to address include:

  1. What are the recent development in the socio-economic landscape of China?
  2. How does China's changing geopolitics and national politics affect other ASEAN economies?
  3. How do we strengthen people-to-people relations with China in spite of the ongoing issues on the West Philippine Sea? 


Representatives from partner institutions, academe, government, business sector, civil society, national security sector, and the media are expected to attend the forum. This Forum is organized and supported by the AIM Policy Center, Management Association of the Philippines, Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Former Senior Government Officials, Asia Society, Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines, Tufts Fletcher School Alumni Association PH, and Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc.

The event is open to the public. However, seats are limited.

To confirm you attendance and queries, please email info@asiasociety.org.ph. 

Event Details

Wed 02 Apr 2014
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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