Paul E. Schroeder
How Fragile is China?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Many believe that China is quickly becoming a major superpower challenging the U.S. China faces challenges, however, that question this assumption. An export-driven development model threatens continued growth with industrial overcapacity. Severe environmental degradation poses an increasing public health hazard. Bold calls for political reform from Chinese intellectuals and increasing public protests over numerous social issues all pose serious problems for continued rule of the Chinese Communist Party. Schroeder will examine many of these issues and will pose possible scenarios for China’s future, none of which offers quick solutions.
Paul Schroeder is Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. He has been active in China for 30 years as a journalist, business executive, and scholar, and worked as trade representative for the State of Ohio, and in New York as corporate programs manager for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
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