East, West, South, North and Centre: To Which Direction is Xi Jinping Leading China?

Nov 24, 2017 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party ushered in a new stage in Xi Jinping's leadership.  "East, West, South, North and Centre, the Party leads everything." This is a phrase in Chairman Mao's little red book, which has been echoed by Xi Jinping. Mr. Xi's primary policy is to tighten Party control, which goes against the elements of modernisation such as institutionalisation, legalisation, more transparency and openness. How is he going to handle these contradictory requirements? To which direction is he leading China? Akio Takahara, professor of contemporary Chinese politics at The University of Tokyo, discusses the Party congress and what follows, focusing on the political stability of China and its external policy.

Akio Takahara is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Law and Politics. He received his PhD in 1988 from Sussex University, and later was a visiting scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, at Harvard University and at Peking University. He served as President of the Japan Association for Asian Studies (2009-11) and as Secretary-General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee (2009-14). Publications include The Politics of Wage Policy in Post-Revolutionary China (1992) and “The Senkaku Trawler Collision Incident, September 2010,” in Akikazu Hashimoto, Mike Mochizuki, and Kurayoshi Takara eds., The Okinawa Question: Futenma, the US-Japan Alliance, and Regional Security (2013) amongst others.

Time & Location

Nov 24, 2017 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Room 0.2002 (Holzlaube)
Freie Universität Berlin
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin