Future of China: Minxin Pei vs Eric LiWednesday, July 25, 2012 8:41
Very interesting discussion between Minxin Pei and Eric Li took place that the 2012 Aspen Ideas festival. It is an hour in length, moderated by James Fallows, and while the debate has a political title it is so much more than that.
A few thoughts:
1) Eric Li has been getting hammered for his views that China’s one party rule is the best thing for the country, and I think he won some people over. I do not mean this necessarily as a good thing. I personally find his arguments far too myopic in terms of timeline and scope, but that is balanced by Minxin being too “academic”.
2) The discussion generally supports my belief that it is the next 5-10 years that will be China’s MOST critical, and that it will be under Xi JiPing’s watch that the ship will either right itself or hit the iceberg.
3) More time needed to be spent on the challenges/ gaps that each presented, and I would have like for them to speak about issues of common concern particularly domestic unrest (which neither address).
James Fallows said in the early moments it was the panel he had been looking forward to, and with his facilitation, the discussion does not disappoint.