“China’s New Leadership and its Domestic and International Challenges.”
The Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) will hold its 25th annual meeting and international symposium, from September 22-23, 2012, in San Francisco, California on the campus of San Francisco State University (SFSU). The conference is hosted by the ACPS and co-sponsored by the ACPS, the SFSU College of Liberal and Creative Arts, the SFSU Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies at SFSU, and the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Foundation.
This year will witness the turnover of China’s Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and the leadership of the CCP. Aside from intrigues about who actually will assume China’s top positions, there are questions about the extent to which this transition may (or may not) herald changes in China’s domestic policies towards development, the environment, and the pace of political reform. In light of a more active Chinese foreign policy over the past two years or so, there also are questions about what the changeover will mean for China’s policies towards developed and developing nations as well as foreign investment, and international institutions. Some fret that the domestic and international policy realms will witness paralysis as China’s new leadership comes into power and finds its bearings. Others see a more assertive policy making elite delinked from past policies and relationships. Yet others see continuity in China’s domestic and foreign policies given China’s present internal and global circumstances.