Event: China 2016: The year ahead in domestic and foreign policy


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TIME: 13:00-14:00, Monday 18th January, 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA


Hugo Restall, expert on China and editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia’s editorial page
Dr. Jonathan Fenby, author of ‘Will China Dominate the 21st Century?’ and founding partner and China Director of the emerging markets research service, Trusted Sources

Mr Tom Tugendhat MBE MP

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


General Secretary Xi Jinping is widely regarded as the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping. He has launched an anti-corruption drive that has swept up top officials, asserted Chinese claims in the South China Sea, and embarked on the toughest crackdown on human rights since 1989.  These apparently confident moves may in fact obscure Xi and the Party’s vulnerability. A slowing economy and the anti-corruption purges of top figures have upset the post-Tiananmen bargains among Party elites, and between the party and ordinary Chinese citizens. Proponents of the idea that China has a special model of “resilient authoritarianism” immune to challenges that have toppled other one party regime, have started hedging their bets. What will the coming year bring for China, its neighbours and its relationships with the UK and the West?

By kind invitation of Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion of China’s domestic politics and foreign policies with our panellists Dr Jonathan Fenby and Hugo Restall. Please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org. Please note RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations, including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation which will be required to attend the event.


Hugo Restall is editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia’s editorial page based in Hong Kong where he writes about China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. He has been a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board since 2004, serving also deputy editorial page editor. He also served as editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, a monthly journal of opinion and analysis published in Hong Kong. He is an Asian Studies graduate of Dartmouth College and studied Mandarin Chinese at Yunnan University.

Jonathan Fenby is a founding partner and China Director of the emerging markets research service, Trusted Sources, serving global financial institutions and companies. He is a former Editor of The South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service. He has also held senior editorial positions with The Economist, The Independent and The Guardian. He was bureau chief in Paris for both the Economist and Reuters.  He is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight of both the French Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour. He holds associate posts at the London School of Economics (LSE), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He is a board member of China Dialogue.  Eight of his books are on China, most recently Will China Dominate the 21st Century? His History of Modern China was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist and the Financial Times.


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