17.09.2013 | GIZ: Research meets Practice – "China’s social contradictions: Strategies for reform and modernisation"

GIZ event series ‘Research meets Practice: international cooperation for sustainable development’

The economic and social progress of China is one of the most remarkable development stories of the last decade. Since opening up its economy in the early 1980s, China has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and has become the second-largest economy in the world. This transformation has manifested China’s global political and economic position and has triggered much debate about the role of the state and the link between democratic governance and development.

At the same time, China’s progress is facing growing challenges. Economic growth and socioeconomic development are concentrated in the urban centres on the coast. Migrants from all over China who move there are often facing challenges in accessing basic social services and exercising legal rights in their new places of residence. Moreover, environmental and social tensions arising from rapid urbanisation and industrialisation are posing significant public health and governance problems.

In Western media, much of the debate is focused on China’s policies and politics. The Chinese Government recognises that the country is at a decisive stage of social and economic progress and it has committed to reforming social and economic policy in order to make Chinese society more inclusive and beneficial to all citizens. But how do the Chinese citizens perceive China’s social and economic development, its challenges and reform strategies? How can the social divisions be bridged and sustainable development be fostered? Our panel discussion will juxtapose results from a scientific survey of ordinary Chinese people’s views with GIZ’s experiences and current activities on social and economic policy in China.

The dialogue partners will be Gerard Lemos, former visiting professor at Chongqing Technology and Business University and author of various books including ‘The End of the Chinese Dream – Why Chinese People Fear the Future’, and Anja Weckwert, GIZ China. Moderator: Conny Czymoch. This dialogue event will be conducted in English only. It will take place on 17 September 2013, from 16:00 to 18:00. Afterwards we invite you to join us for an informal get-together with snacks and drinks.

Venue: Godesberger Allee 119, Bonn, Germany

Time: 16:00 h

Contact (please register – deadline extended until 15 Sept.): Sonja Moissidis forschungtrifftpraxis(AT)giz.de

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