This October, Xi Jinping began his third term as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. For years, many believed that greater economic prosperity in China would lead to political liberalization. Instead, Xi’s decade in power has seen tightened social controls and fraying ties between China and liberal democracies. To explore Xi’s impact on China, this presentation will examine four of his administration’s key policy concerns: civil society, state surveillance, economic growth, and pandemic controls. And by analyzing the impact of domestic politics on China’s international standing, this presentation will speculate on China’s future foreign relations under Xi’s new five-year term.
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Dr. Emile Dirks is a postdoctoral fellow at The Citizen Lab at The Munk School, University of Toronto. His research on policing and biometric surveillance in China has been covered in the New York Times, The Economist, and The Intercept. Previously, Dr. Dirks served as a fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, a research associate at the London School of Economics, and a visiting scholar at Yunnan University. In September, Dr. Dirks testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on the topic of digital repression and religious freedom in China.
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