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China: Prospects and Challenges to 2020

The 4th International Forum for Contemporary Chinese Studies (IFCCS4)|

11 - 13 September 2011, Sir Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham

China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) represents a possible turning point in its economic policies from a growth-driven to a more balanced development strategy, paying serious attention to the country’s structural changes, equality and the population’s quality of life. China is aiming to become an all-round Xiaokang Society by 2020, meaning that everyone will be able to enjoy the comfortable lifestyle of a middle-income economy. By that time, China may overtake the US to be the world’s largest economy as well.

Serious questions remain regarding China in the context of the world economy. On the one hand, the world community is highly uncertain, even anxious, about how China will use its increasing influence as a world superpower. On the other hand, China itself is often frustrated by the Western mistrust of its intention to ‘develop peacefully‘. Internal developments in China’s trade, finance and monetary policies, food security, energy consumption, environmental protection and population movement can have a tremendous impact on the global economy, while changes and disruptions in the rest of the world could seriously destabilise China’s domestic dynamics or even threaten its sustainable growth.

Hence, today we have to analyse China’s development in a global context, and we have to take the China factor into account when considering global issues. China and the world need to strive towards a mutual understanding if we are to see a sustainable peace and development globally, but to do so, great challenges exist. How should the world understand the domestic and international challenges China now faces? How can the world reach an understanding of China’s values and core interests? How should China shoulder more global responsibilities as its power and capacity increase? How can China solve its domestic problems without having a negative impact on other countries? How can China take on more international obligations as it struggles to solve its own domestic problems? How should the world engage a China that is contributing to the global imbalances of trade and finance?

The fourth annual conference of the International Forum for Contemporary Chinese Studies (IFCCS4)| invites scholars to address all these critical issues.


  • School of Contemporary Chinese Studies (with its China Policy Institute and Nottingham Confucius Institute), The University of Nottingham


  • Asia Research Centre, LSE
  • School of Sociology and Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University, China


  • The Office of the Chinese Language Council International (HANBAN)
  • The Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation & Economic Policy
  • Confucius Institute for Business London, LSE
  • China in Comparative Perspective Network, LSE


  • To exchange views on the challenges that China faces and its relations with the international community.
  • To facilitate critical a review of the experiences and lessons learned regarding China’s reform and development.
  • To develop interdisciplinary communication, interaction and cooperation in the areas of China’s rise and international relations, low-carbon economy, internal and international migration, civil society and governance.
  • To explore the methodological issues behind the development of Contemporary China Studies.
  • To build collaborative networks in Contemporary China Studies.

Themes and panels

Scholars are invited to submit papers on the following themes:

  • China’s Economic Performance and Challenges to 2020
  • China’s Contribution to Global Environmental Protection
  • Citizenship, Civil Society and Government Reform
  • Accommodating China as a Global Power

Further information

For further details relating to registration, deadlines and contacts please visit The 4th International Forum for Contemporary Chinese Studies (IFCCS4) website|.



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