October China Seminar

The 20th Party Congress and
Xi Jinping’s Politics in a Command Economy

Dexter Tiff Roberts
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

As the Chinese Communist Party prepares for its big meeting in Beijing, Xi Jinping shows no sign of backing away from his heavy-handed pursuit of Zero COVID or statist vision for China’s future. At the same time, a host of challenges including soaring youth unemployment, cash-strapped and leveraged local governments, and an economy in decline, are testing China and could derail Xi Jinping’s ambitious plans. 

Dexter Tiff Roberts is a writer and speaker who serves as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, and teaches politics at the University of Montana. Previously he was China bureau chief at Bloomberg Businessweek.

He has a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford University, a master’s of international affairs from Columbia University, and studied Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University. Roberts’ first book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, was an Economist “best book of the year” for 2020. He publishes a weekly newsletter Trade War on Chinese business and politics.

The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.