Xi Jinping’s Unpublicized Agendas | USC US-China Institute

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by Hannah James on May 19th, 2015   845 views

When and Where

  • 19/05/2015
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, ASC 204
    3502 Watt Way
    Los Angeles
    United States
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Xi Jinping's Unpublicized Agendas | USC US-China Institute

Event Details

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a talk by veteran Sinologist Willy Lam on Xi’s personal history, the factional politics through which he ascended, the configuration of power of the Fifth-Generation leadership, and the country’s likely future directions under the charismatic “princeling.”

Cost: Free, please click here to RSVP.

Renowned for his coverage of China’s elite politics and leadership transitions, veteran Sinologist Willy Lam has produced the first book-length study in English of the rise of Xi Jinping–General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since November 2012.

Despite an undistinguished career as a provincial administrator, Xi has rapidly amassed more power than his predecessors. He has overawed his rivals and shaken up the party-state hierarchy by launching large-scale anti-corruption and rectification campaigns. With a strong power base in the People’s Liberation Army and a vision of China as an “awakening lion,” Xi has been flexing China’s military muscle in sovereignty rows with countries including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines while trying to undermine the influence of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region. While Xi is still fine-tuning his art of governance, his zero tolerance for dissent and his preoccupation with upholding the privileges of the “red aristocracy” and the CCP’s status as “perennial ruling party” do not bode well for economic, political, or cultural reforms. Lam takes a close look at Xi’s ideological and political profile and considers how his conservative outlook might shape what the new strongman calls “the Great Renaissance of the Chinese race.”

About the Speaker

Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam is a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Center for China Studies, the History Department and the Program of Master’s in Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of five books on China, including Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era: New Leaders, New Challenges. 

The book will be available for purchase at the event.

Avoid traffic and get to USC by taking the Metro’s Expo Line. Get off at the Jefferson/USC stop for a short walk to campus. Visit the website for more information.


Driving Directions to Campus

For maps and directions to campus, visit the University Park Campus Map & Driving Directions page.


Suggested Parking
Parking Structure X (PSX) – $10/day
Enter at the Figueroa Street Entrance at 35th Street (Entrance 3)
USC Shrine Lot – $1/hour

645 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007


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