Professor Willy Lam: The Rise of Xi Jinping and the Closing of the Chinese Mind

Professor Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Chinese University of Hong Kong, guests NIAS to give a lecture based on his latest publication: 

Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping - Renaissance, Reform, or Retrogression?

Renowned for his coverage of China's elite politics and leadership transitions, veteran Sinologist Willy Lam has produced the first book-length study in English of the rise of Xi Jinping - General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since November 2012. With rare insight, Lam describes Xi's personal history and his fascination with quasi-Maoist values, the factional politics through which he ascended, the configuration of power of the Fifth-Generation leadership, and the country's likely future directions under the charismatic "princeling".