What’s expected from big meeting in China – bold reforms or more rhetoric?

November 5, 2013
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ANN ARBOR—When the Communist Party’s top leaders meet this week in Beijing, will they just trot out the same tired rhetoric? Or will the gathering on Nov. 9-12 kick off a new wave of desperately needed economic reforms?

Experts at the University of Michigan are ready to discuss the conclave—or “third plenum”—and other pressing issues in China.


Mary Gallagher, director of U-M’s Center for Chinese Studies, has spent the past academic year on sabbatical in Shanghai. Gallagher is an associate professor of political science whose interests include comparative politics of transitional and developing states as well as labor issues. Reach her at metg@umich.edu. More about Gallagher: www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/people/ci.gallaghermary_ci.detail


Linda Y.C. Lim, professor of strategy at the Ross School of Business, is interested in U.S.-China trade relations, the need for domestic economic and financial reforms, China’s changing economic role in the world and multi-country manufacturing supply chains in Asia. Her research focuses on strategy and operations as well as the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure. Reach her at lylim@umich.edu. More about Lim: www.bus.umich.edu/FacultyBios/FacultyBio.asp?id=000119685

Foreign Policy/Security/Xinjiang

Philip Potter, assistant professor at the Ford School of Public Policy, can discuss Chinese foreign policy, security issues and the Xinjiang region. His current research explores the relationship between interdependence and international conflict, the impact of public opinion and media on foreign policy, and the role of networks in transnational terrorism. Reach him at (734) 615-6905 or pbkp@umich.edu. Potter discusses the threat of terrorism in China in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=otfba9EcApY&feature=relmfu

Disputed Islands

John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy at the Ford School, can discuss maritime tensions between China and neighboring countries over contested islands. Ciorciari’s interests include international law, politics and international finance. His current research projects focus primarily on the Asia-Pacific region, and examine foreign policy strategies, human rights and the reform of international economic institutions. Reach him at (734) 615-6947 or johncior@umich.edu More about Ciorciari: http://fordschool.umich.edu/faculty/John_Ciorciari

Local Politics

Yuen Yuen Ang, assistant professor of political science, researches local bureaucracies and how the state and businesses interact. She has done extensive fieldwork in China, gathering more than 300 interviews with officials and street-level bureaucrats across the southern, western and northern regions. Reach her at yuenang@umich.edu. More about Ang: www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/people/ci.angyuenyuen_ci.detail

Ang discusses Chinese corruption in this video: http://bit.ly/1antDge


Michael Bailey, cybersecurity researcher in computer science and engineering, can provide a primer on the different types of cyber attacks and explain why they threaten America’s innovation economy. “There’s no such thing as a secure system,” he says. “Unless you’re going to lock something in a room, you’re not going to get security.” Reach him at mibailey@umich.edu or (734) 647-8086.

Bailey discusses the basics of cybersecurity in this video: http://bit.ly/16AzYHO


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