The Modernisation of China (1949-2013)

university_sydney_logoHu Angang, Tsinghua University

11:00am-12:15pm, 10 November 2014
The Senate Room, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

China always adopts modernisation. It has become the fundamental tendency and aim for the country. China’s modernisation is comprised of two parts:

1) Modernisation of society: from industrialisation, Four Modernisation, Xiaokang society to Five Integrations (Economic, Political, Social, Cultural and Ecological);

2) Modernisation of state governance: from institutionalisation, open-up and reform to modernisation of state governance and governing system.

These two modernisations are mutually interacted and enhanced, and together form the road of China’s modernisation.

The modernisation of China between 1949 and 2013 realises its rapid, leapfrog development and greatly narrows its relative gap with the US and even surpasses in many aspects. The process of China’s modernisation not only includes the “Five Integrations”, but also the modernisation of the state governance. This is a typical interaction between economic development and institutional change.

Hu Angang was born in 1953. He is one of the pioneers and leading authorities in the realm of Contemporary China Studies. He now serves as the Dean of the Institute of Contemporary China Studies of Tsinghua University and Professor of School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Thirteenth and Twelfth Five-Year Plans under NDRC, a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Disaster Mitigation Committee and a member of the Advisory Committee of Beijing Municipal Government. He was elected as the representative of the 18th CCP National Congress in 2012.

Hu Angang spent his early years being educated in the countryside. He started his studies after the resumption of the College Entrance Examination in 1977. Hu earned his PhD at the China Academy of Science in 1988. He conducted his Postdoctoral research at Yale University. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard, Oxford and Waseda Universities as well as the World Bank Institute. Hu has published approximately 70 books. His latest works are Collective Presidency in China, 2030 China: Towards Common Affluence and China: Innovative Green Development. Hu is awarded the Youth Entrust of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Fudan Premium Fund of Management, Third Award of the State Science and Technology Progress Awards and the First Prize of Science and Technology Progress Awards of the China Academy of Science.

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