Fewsmith Speaks at Conference on China’s 19th Party Congress

October 16, 2017

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Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently participated in a conference on China’s 19th Party Congress as well as a discussion with the China Leadership Monitor on prospects for the upcoming Party Congress. 

On September 25, 2017 Fewsmith participated in the conference on “The 19th Party Congress: Where is China Headed,” hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

Fewsmith spoke on “Of Rules and Power: The 19th Party Congress and the ‘Consolidation of Power,” analyzing the progress party general secretary Xi Jinping has made in consolidating power in the five years he has been in power and the implications of this for the upcoming party congress. Party congresses are held every five years and select a new Central Committee and adjust membership in the Politburo and its Standing Committee. The 19th Party Congress opens on October 18, 2017. The following morning Professor Fewsmith and Professor Barry Naughton of UCSD discussed contemporary issues with some 40 specialists in the British government.

On October 6, 2017 Fewsmith joined colleagues from the China Leadership Monitor to discuss prospects for the 19th Party Congress. The China Leadership Monitor is an electronic journal founded in the winter of 2002, the journal has analyzed the political leadership, reform, the military, the economy, and foreign policy of China on a quarterly basis. The journal is widely read by diplomats, journalists, and scholars of China. You can watch the full discussion featuring Fewsmith here.

Fewsmith wrote 44 articles for CLM before “retiring” in 2015. He rejoined former and new colleagues for the presentation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

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