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Is Xi Jinping Changing China’s Course? Reforms Under the New Leadership in Beijing

  • March 24, 2014
Jacques deLisle

Director - Asia Program

Steven A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Avery Goldstein

Senior Fellow - Asia Program

David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Neysun Mahboubi

Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania

Marshall Meyer

Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania

Yuhua Wang

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

John Yasuda

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania


In November 2013 China’s ruling Communist Party, headed by Xi Jinping, held a widely anticipated meeting of its central committee. This plenary session approved a sixty point decision outlining a new wave of reforms. Some observers have hailed the document as an ambitious blueprint tackling many of the most important problems now facing China. Others have been more skeptical. Six experts from Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China offer their perspectives on the meaning and significance of the proposed reforms.

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