CASSU Event: China After the 19th Party Congress


The Contemporary Asian Studies Students Union is hosting an event Tuesday, November 28, from 2:30 to 4 pm at BA2165. The event will consist of discussions by Professor Sida Liu and Professor Lynette Ong, who will analyze the topic of Contemporary China Studies from the perspectives of the Chinese legal system and elite politics, respectively.

The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party took place in Beijing from October 18th – 24th. This week-long meeting attracted the attention of China-watchers from within and outside of the country, as the Congress defines a blueprint for the next five years of the CCP governance during President Xi Jinping’s second term. Within the Chinese Communist Party, the Congress reflected informal party norms of elite politics, and revealed new appointments to the echelon of power in the Politburo Standing Committee alongside amendments the Party’s Constitution under Xi. Beyond the party itself, the Congress discussed China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy just prior to President Trump’s visit to China. The duration of the conference also witnessed a tightening of security around the circulation of information and travel to accommodate for the Congress.

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Speaker Bios

Professor Lynette Ong is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, with a joint appointment at the Asian Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs, where she currently serve as Director of Munk China Initiatives. Professor Ong is a renowned expert in the politics and political economy of China. Her main research interests are authoritarian politics and the political economy of development. She is a published author on issue areas such as local government debt, contentious politics, protest and land reform, state-led urbanization and more. Professor Ong will be sharing her insights on the topic of state-society relations and elite politics after the 19th Party Congress.

Professor Sida Liu is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto and a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is also an affiliated scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law and the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and directed its East Asian Legal Studies Center from 2014-2016. Most recently, Professor Liu was a member of the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton. His current research interests include the sociology of Chinese law and the legal profession, criminal justice, social theory and more. Professor Liu will be speaking on the topic of the 19th Party Congress from the perspective of legal reform in China.

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