AGI Lecture: How Will China Democratize?

Date: Tuesday, January 22 2019, 1230 – 1400

Venue: Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU

Whether China will democratize or more importantly how China will democratize has been one of the biggest questions for international relations in the 21st century. In this lecture, Yoshikazu Kato will discuss the findings of his recently-republished book How Will China Democratize? In this major work, first published in Japan in 2015 and recently republished in Korea, Kato examined questions of Chinese democratization from three angles: internal politics, structural reform and external pressure and concluded that China would pursue its own method of democratization, one that is based on its own ideology, political system and development model.

The lecture will be followed by a dialogue on how this framework can provide insights to the interpretation of China’s current and future political circumstances under the Xi Jinping administration, moderated by Zhiwu Chen, director of Asia Global Institute.

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Yoshikazu Kato
Adjunct Associate Professor
Asia Global Institute
The University of Hong Kong












Zhiwu Chen
Victor and William Fung Professor in Economics
Director, Asia Global Institute

Speaker’s Biography:

Yoshikazu Kato is an adjunct associate professor at Asia Global Institute, the University of Hong Kong, and columnist for the New York Times (Chinese edition). He was previously a research fellow at the Charhar Institute and a visiting academic at a number of leading universities including Harvard University. His writings have appeared in the Financial Times Chinese edition, Yazhou Zhoukan (Hong Kong), Nikkei Asian Review and Southern Weekly, among others. He holds B.A and M.A in International Relations from Peking University, and is the author of Patriotic Slaves (Traditional Chinese, 2011), The Japanese Dream (Simplified Chinese, co-author with Col. Liu Mingfu, 2016) and How Xi Jinping Deals with Trump – China’s global strategy and Japan’s Choice (Japanese, 2017), among other works.

Zhiwu Chen is Director of the Asia Global Institute (AGI) and Victor and William Fung Professor in Economics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research covers finance theory, the sociology of finance, economic history, emerging markets, as well as China’s economy and capital markets. He is a frequent contributor to media publications in China on topics of economic policy, market development, institutional reform and historical research. His work has been widely published and regularly featured in major newspapers and magazines in the United States, Hong Kong, China and many other countries. In Burson-Marsteller’s 2012 “G20 Influencers” report, Professor Chen was listed as one of the top ten political influencers in China.