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China’s Reform Prospects

5 March 2015

The spectacular rise of China has given rise to much speculation about the prospects for reform in China. Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have emphasised the urgency of reforming the Chinese economy, reducing state subsidies, promoting innovation, introducing the rule of law and tackling the damage caused by pollution. This month these issues will be top of the agenda of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC). But what are prospects of genuine reform? What are the priorities? How serious is the leadership in tackling corruption and promoting the rule of law? China’s reform efforts will have a major impact on the EU and EU-China relations. To discuss these issues the EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel debate from 0900-1030 on 18 March in the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. To register please send an a mail with your name and designation to


0845 Registration

0900 Introduction by Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre

0910 Panel discussion with:

Shaun Breslin, Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Warwick, UK

Jo Leinen, Chair of the European Parliament delegation for relations with China

Qian Bo, Minister-Counsellor, Mission of China to the EU

Ellis Mathews, Head of Division for China, EEAS

Ren Yan, Brussels correspondent, People's Daily 

1000 Discussion and Q&A

1030 Close