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?