The Chinese government's commitment to the market versus the state has fluctuated over the course of the reform period, which in turn has affected the reform of the state-owned enterprises (SOEs). While Deng era marked a political breakthrough for China's adoption of an incremental path to liberalisation, President Jiang Zemin is known for his bold approach to neoliberal market reforms. Most of the measures pertaining to the transformation of SOEs into modern enterprises were undertaken by Jiang Zemin's leadership (1993-2003). The talk will detail the nuances of state-market relations under Jiang Zemin through an analysis of state enterprise management. It will shed light on Jiang's theory of 'three represents' and how he sought to replace the idea of class warfare by providing a neo-utilitarian justification for his reform agenda.
About the Speaker
Dr. Priyanka Pandit is an Assistant Professor at Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR. Her research interests include international and comparative political economy with an emphasis on China and the developing world, as well as international negotiations and global economic governance. She was formerly an Ashoka-Harvard Yenching Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies. She holds M.Phil. and Ph.D in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Masters in East Asian Studies from the University of Delhi. She was formerly Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi, and a Visiting Fellow at the Chongyang Institute of Financial Studies, Beijing. Before joining ICWA, she taught at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, where she also pursued an intensive year-long course in Mandarin. She is currently completing her book project on China’s negotiating strategies at the World Trade Organisation.
About the Chair
Prof. Alka Acharya is Honorary Director of the ICS and Professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been teaching courses on Chinese Foreign Policy and Political Economy to the Masters and M.Phil students and guiding doctoral research since 1993. She is the joint editor of the book Crossing a Bridge of Dreams: 50 years of India-China and has contributed chapters to many books and journals. She has authored a book China & India: Politics of Incremental Engagement, published in 2008 and most recently edited a volume titled Boundaries and Borderlands: A Century after the 1914 Simla Convention (Routledge, New York 2023). She was nominated by the Indian government as a member of the India-China Eminent Persons Group (2006-2008) and member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for two terms (2006-2008) and (2011-2012).
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