Critical Issues Confronting China

Critical Issues Confronting China is a weekly seminar series that was inaugurated in the fall of 2013. It is organized by Professor Ezra F. Vogel, Professor William Hsiao, and Dr. William Overholt and co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. The purpose of the series is to consider the complex issues China is presently facing and to view them in a comprehensive manner, including political, economic, and social perspectives. In addition, invited speakers will examine the issues in a broader cultural and historical setting and look at the range of choices Chinese leaders might make to respond to the challenges and opportunities they confront.

Summaries of Past Seminars

Fall 2016 

Professor Peter Dutton, “South China Sea in 2016: Progress and Regress”
    September 21, 2016

Arthur R. Kroeber, “China’s Economy: Does Growth Have a Future?”
    September 28, 2016

Cheng Li, “Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership”
    October 5, 2016

Dr. Melvyn C. Goldstein, “China Views Tibet - Past, Present and Future: Light at the End of the Tunnel?”
    October 12, 2016

Professor Syaru Shirley Lin and Professor Harry Harding, “Cross-Strait Dilemmas”
    October 20, 2016

Professor Joseph Fewsmith, "Xi Jinping: The Three Problems and the Two Issues”
    October 26, 2016

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., “Living with a China Made Great Again”
    November 9, 2016

Professor Alastair Iain Johnston, “Can China Back Down? Crisis De-escalation in the Shadow of Popular Opposition”
    November 16, 2016

Dr. Richard Bush, “Beijing Faces Its Periphery: Update on Hong Kong and Taiwan”
    November 30, 2016

The Honorable Börje Ljunggren, “The East Asian Peace: Can It Last?”
    December 7, 2016


Fall 2015 - Spring 2016  (pdf)



Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar Series 2015-2016


Fall 2014 - Spring 2015  (pdf)



Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar Series 2014-2015


Fall 2013 - Spring 2014  (pdf)



Critical Issues Confronting China Seminar Series 2013-2014