【Book Talk】Economic Development & Economic Policies After the 19th Party Congress

China stands as a major “Red Swan” challenge to the social sciences. The resilience of the communist party-state, in combination with a rapidly expanding and internationally competitive economy, challenges conventional models of economic development and political change.

China’s political system and economic policy making, however, have undergone a thorough overhaul during the past five years. Chinese leadership has clearly expedited the concentration of power and has established more centralized systems of public administration and economic planning. In addition, China is building a system of “digital Leninism” through new types of business and social regulation. Chinese regulators aim at compiling encompassing “social credit” scores, a kind of big data-enabled rating system, for every market participant, thereby gaining access to detailed and regularly updated data profiles of all companies and citizens.

Sebastian Heilmann will assess Chinese economic and technology policies after the 19th Party Congress and will analyze what Hong Kong and international business can expect from China’s economic agenda and development in the near future.


Professor Sebastian Heilmann, the founding president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin and professor for the political economy of China at the University of Trier, Germany. He has published extensively on China’s political system, economic policy making, and international relations. Heilmann also has years of experience providing advice to the German federal government and EU institutions.


You are cordially invited to attend the book talk, the details are as follows:

Date: 18th January, 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 16:00-17:30
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Language: English
Online Registration: https://goo.gl/58SPFs
Enquiry: The Chinese University Press, Ms. Chu (Tel: 3943 9806 / Email: annachu@cuhk.edu.hk)

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