Lunch Talk @Academy: 40 Years of Reform and China’s 'New Era'

on Thursday, 12 April 2018, 12.30 pm,

at the Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin

Jean-Philippe Béja
Emeritus Senior Research Fellow,
Center for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po Paris

moderated by
David Bandurski
Co-Director, China Media Project, Hong Kong University
Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy

30 Minutes: Input
30 Minutes: Debate
Followed by Networking

Snacks and drinks will be served.

Please note that the event will be held in English.


In 1978, led by Deng Xiaoping, China embarked on an ambitious program of reforms and opening up what dismantled the Maoist policies that since the 1950s had caused untold damage to the social, political and economic fabric of the country, culminating in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). In the decades that followed, Deng’s vision brought about a socioeconomic transformation without precedent in human history. Today, 40 years after Deng charted a new path, China’s “fifth generation” leader, Xi Jinping, has amassed a degree of power perhaps not seen since the pre-reform era. Xi claims that China has entered a “new era” of strength and prosperity, in which it must move to center stage in global affairs. This discussion will assess the dramatic changes in China over the past four decades, and will address the key issues and concerns in Chinese society, politics, law and foreign affairs.