Book Talk with Paul Clifford, Author of “The China Paradox: At the Front Line of Economic Transformation”


Thursday, January 27, 2022, 9:30am to 10:30am


Virtual event, registration required

Join the Ash Center and Harvard Kennedy School China Society for a discussion with Paul Clifford, author of The China Paradox: At the Front Line of Economic Transformation. Clifford will be joined in discussion by Wenchi Yu, non-resident research fellow at the Ash Center and an expert in Chinese technology business strategy.

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About the Book 

In The China Paradox: At the Front Line of Economic Transformation, Paul Clifford documents the twists and turns of China’s dramatic and unforeseen rise over the last four decades. He sheds light on the delicate and fragile balance of forces at the heart of the success of China’s hybrid model, explaining how the ruling Communist Party boldly led the nation’s economic reforms as the surest way to preserve its grip on political power.

This second edition explains how China has raised its game, moving from a catch-up mode to technological innovation in some areas, while still languishing in technology dependence in other respects. Earlier, China had shown signs that its driving spirit was faltering with its sails flapping. Under Xi Jinping, renewed energy has been injected. But at the same time Xi and his party have strongly reinforced their control across society and the economy, posing the question of whether Xi’s New Era in fact marks a retreat from the reforms.

About the Author 

Paul Clifford is a non-resident senior fellow at the Ash Center and has previously worked in China as a corporate banker, strategy consultant and with a global high technology firm. He has advised both Chinese state-owned and private enterprises as well as multinational firms in China across a wide range of sectors. He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he received a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history, and at Peking University.

Virtual Event Details

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. This event will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent out afterward to all who register.

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time.

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