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China: towards an innovative society - the risks, the opportunities [WP831]

This conference discussed the following points:

  • What are they key economic, social, environmental and political consequences of China’s rapid growth?
  • To what extent are developments such as rising gaps in regional and personal income, rapid urbanisation, increased corruption, demographic changes and energy shortages likely to hamper further economic progress?
  • Is innovation the answer to the challenges faced by China?
  • How to manage inequality and create a harmonious society in which growth and stability are balanced?
  • How can the government and Communist Party best adapt to a rapidly changing society?
  • What role for non-state actors?
  • Can China successfully transform itself into a 21st century knowledge –based economy?
  • What prospects for innovation in public services?

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