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From Deng to Xi: Economic Reform, the Silk Road, and the Return of the Middle Kingdom

This LSE IDEAS Special Report - with senior contributors from politics, journalism, and academia - looks at the internal causes and consequences of the return of the 'Middle Kingdom'.

It explores the extent to which Deng's momentous economic reforms in 1978 have shaped modern China, what the country's expanded international role under Xi means, and who really makes Chinese foreign policy. 

Read the online edition:

From Deng to Xi: Economic Reform, the Silk Road, and the Return of the Middle Kingdom

Download the pdf:

 From Deng to Xi: Economic Reform, the Silk Road, and the Return of the Middle Kingdom

Authors

  • Biographies from time of publication 
  • The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade.
  • Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE.
  • Jonathan Fenby has written eighteen books, eight of them on China, most recently Will China Dominate the 21st Century?.
  • Dr Yu Jie (Cherry) is Head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS and teaches at LSE. Her research focuses on decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China-EU relations in general.
  • Guy de Jonquieres is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy.
  • Gideon Rachman is chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, where he authors a weekly column on foreign affairs and feature articles.
  • Geoffrey (Xiuyuan) Yu is Head of UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management. 

China at the Crossroads: Watch the LSE Newsroom Video with Dr Yu Jie on this report.