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Xi's Three Battles: China's Anti-Poverty Campaign

May 3, 2018 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

Please join the Freeman Chair in China Studies for a discussion of poverty alleviation in China. At the December 2017 Central Economic Work Conference, Chinese policymakers decided that China would focus on fighting three tough battles to achieve high quality development in the next three years, among them reducing rural and urban poverty. This event features experts who will discuss the political, economic, and social aspects of addressing poverty. Georgetown University Professor Kristen Looney, Lead Economist for the World Bank's Development Research Group John Giles, and Director of the Grassroots Initiative at Johns Hopkins SAIS Anne Thurston will discuss China's trends in poverty and economic development, policy implementation for poverty alleviation, the demographic challenges to China's development, and the roles of NGOs in China's community development. Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies, will moderate the discussion.

The China Reality Check Series presents perspectives from academia, industry, and government in order to promote a sustained dialogue on critical and insufficiently understood issues related to China's reemergence as a global power.

The China Reality Check Series is made possible through the generous support of the Duquesne Family Foundation and the Kaye Family Foundation. 
Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics

Kristen Looney

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Government at Georgetown University

John Giles

Lead Economist in the World Bank's Development Research Group

Anne F. Thurston

Director of the Grassroots China Initiative at Johns Hopkins School of International Studies