Countdown to the 18th Congress: Lessons from the Bo Xilai / Wang Lijun Affair


Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:15pm to 1:15pm


CGIS North Building, Room K262, 1737 Cambridge St.

Richard Baum, University of California Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

About the Seminar
This will be an informal roundtable discussion of current elite politics in China, in view of the recent dismissal of Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai and the intrigue surrounding the actions of then vice-mayor and public security chief Wang Lijun.

Panel discussants:

  • Alastair Iain Johnston, Governor James Alpert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs

  • Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science

  • Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government

About the Speaker
Richard Baum is professor emeritus of political science at UCLA. He is a specialist on Chinese and comparative politics and foreign relations. Dr. Baum is the founder and list manager of Chinapol, the world’s largest dedicated listserv for professional China scholars, journalists, and policy analysts. Among the nine books he has edited or written are: Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party, and the Peasant Question, 1962-66 (1975), Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (1996), and most recently, China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom (2010). Dr. Baum has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China, The China Quarterly, China Information, Asian Survey, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies.