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This week sees the start of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It promises to be a momentous event confirming China’s leadership for the next five years and setting out policy directions. It is widely expected that Xi Xinping’s le

Invitation- China’s 19th Party Congress

17 October 2017

This week sees the start of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It promises to be a momentous event confirming China’s leadership for the next five years and setting out policy directions. It is widely expected that Xi Jinping’s leadership will be strengthened but who will join him in the ruling Politburo? And in which direction will he steer the country, soon to be the largest economy in the world? Will China become a more liberal or authoritarian society? How will China respond to the mounting security challenges in its neighbourhood, most notably the nuclear ambitions of the DPRK?

The EU has a vital interest in the outcome of the Congress as it has an extensive political, economic and trade relationship with China. Brussels is hoping that Beijing will make further moves towards a genuine market economy so that the current negotiations on an investment agreement may be completed soon. Given the attitude of the Trump administration, the EU also views China increasingly as an important partner in global issues ranging from climate change to the Iran nuclear deal.

To discuss these issues you are invited to a panel discussion from 1715-1845 on Tuesday 24 October in the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels.


Programme 

1715 Welcome, Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre

Panel with Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau Institute, London and author of several books on China

Yang Xiaoguang , Counsellor, Chinese Mission to the EU (tbc)

Song Xinning, China Director of Brussels Academy for China and European Studies and Director of Confucius Institute at VUB

1800 Discussion

1845 Close 

 

Please click HERE to register