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An Invitation to the forum Understanding 21st Century China: All Under Heaven?

Posted: 2014-03-20


China has experienced remarkable changes since economic reforms were implemented in the 1980s and since then, China's poverty rate has declined from 53% in 1981 to around 8% in 2001. Some analysts have cited reforms in the agricultural sector as an important factor behindthe observed trend. It has exhibited double-digit annual economic growth rates in the previous years and in 2011, China has become the second largest economy in the world. For the past years, it has fostered closer economic ties with countries in Africa (which received considerable amounts of Chinese FDI) and in the Asia-Pacific region (where China serves as a final product assembly hub of the regional production chain), therefore, emerging as an important player in regional affairs. However, China is currently facing an array of challenges which include further poverty reduction, rising inequality, and problems associated with rapid urbanization and environmental sustainability. Another issue is the potential slowdown of growth of economic activity in China in the coming years. These have significant implications given the important role that China currently plays in the realm of international economic and political affairs.

In this regard, the AIM Policy Center, Management Association of the Philippines, Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Former Senior Government Officials, Asia Society, and Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines, Tufts Fletcher School Alumni Association PH and Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. will hold a forum entitled "Understanding 21st Century China: All Under Heaven?" on April 02, 2014, from 8:30 to 11:30 AM, at Fuller Hall, 3/F Asian Institute of Management. Representatives from the partner institutions, academe, government, business sector, civil society, national security sector and the media are expected to attend the forum.

The forum will feature discussions with Professor Emeritus Marwyn Samuels of Syracuse University, Dr. Liping Zheng of the Asian Development Bank and Former ABC Beijing Bureau Chief Mr. Chito Sta. Romana. Some important questions that the forum aims to address are:

  1. What are the recent developments in the socio-economic landscape of China?
  2. How does China's changing geopolitics and national politics affect other ASEAN economies?
  3. How do we strengthen people-to-people relations with China in spite of the ongoing issues on the West Philippine Sea?

The event is open to the public. However, seats are limited. To confirm your attendance, please contact Ms. Jean Labios at or (02) 892-4011 ext. 5105.


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Henry Estefona


Thanks for the informative forums regarding "understanding 21st century china: All Under Heaven? .
I am just wondering why China were able to attain the 2nd richest nation on earth despite their humongous population? Aside from that , geographically being one of the biggest single country almost like a continent is administered by a single party. In contrast with the small, archipelagic country of 7,100 islands is ruled by a multi party systems. An old adage " so many cooks spoiled the broth", is this the main reason why we have attain slower progress that everyone's expected?

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