Cheng Li, renowned China scholar, to speak at AmCham China Conference

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'Contemporary China has always been a paradox of fear and hope – for the Chinese people themselves and for the world,' says the Brookings Institution senior fellow and director of the John L Thornton China Center Cheng Li

Cheng Li, the renowned scholar of Chinese elite politics and society has confirmed he will speak at the 2019 AmCham China Conference on September 20.

“While fears about China’s tightening political and social economic control are valid, we should also note that China is in the process of transforming its economy," says Li.

The government has been steering away from investment- and export-led growth and toward domestic consumption and innovation, and especially the services sector. Li points out that this shift aligns closely with the business interests of US companies.

While US-China relations are currently strained as President Donald Trump heads a bipartisan effort to push back against Beijing across a range of issues related to trade and market-access, Li says that when it comes to global economic and financial stability, “the incentives for cooperation are much greater than those for confrontation.”
Li, who is also a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985 he moved to the United States, where he received a master's in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in political science from Princeton University.

Brookings hosted AmCham at an event in Washington on June 12: Click here to listen to the audio

He is the author of 11 books, from Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform in 1997 to 2017's The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China. In addition, Li has contributed chapters to dozens more and is widely cited in academic literature and published in leading media platforms.

Click on this link to hear Li talk and check out the full program of top-tier speakers and panellists for the one-day China conference.