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Is China’s economic rise sustainable?

First published: SOAS China Institute 19/05/2020

In a recent SOAS China Institute debate about the sustainability of China’s economic rise, which you can watch here, Director, Steve Tsang, brought four of us together to lock horns. We certainly didn’t create the fanfare on this topic that will accompany the soon-to-be-celebrated centenary of the Communist Party (CCP), but focused instead on reason, argument and empirical observation. China’s economic heft is, after all, the reason why it is so important in the global system today. What happens to the economy with Xi Jinping at the helm will have a profound impact on its future influence and status.

One thing that has subsequently been shown officially to be unsustainable is China’s population growth. Read on….