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C100 Forum Debate: Has the Chinese Economy Slowed Down Permanently, Temporarily, or It Depends?

  • November 16, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Jay Conference Bryant Park (109 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018) and Online (via Zoom)

On November 16, from 5:00 to 6:15pm ET (2:00 to 3:15pm PT), Committee of 100 (C100) will convene a forum debate on the topic "Has the Chinese Economy Slowed Down Permanently, Temporarily, or It Depends?" This is a hybrid event with virtual and in-person attendance options.

After China lifted the Covid-19 lockdowns, many people expected a rebound in the Chinese economy. However, that has not materialized yet and there are concerns that the current slowdown will last for some period of time.  

Will the world’s second-largest economy and a critical part of global trade and manufacturing rebound with a strong manufacturing cost position, large investments in technology and the advanced education of millions of students, a potential surge in consumer spending, and continued investments in infrastructure by the government? Or, will high levels of debt, an overbuilt real estate sector, increasing government controls of the economy and technology, a shrinking population, and growing dissatisfaction on the part of those in the 18 to 30 year age bracket stifle growth on a long-term basis?  

The answer to this question is critical not only to China, but to the global economy because of the complex and myriad links between the Chinese economy and the rest of the world. On Thursday, November 16, from 5:00 to 6:15 pm Eastern Time (2:00 to 3:15 pm Pacific Time), Committee of 100 will host a public forum debate with three leading experts to shed light on this important topic, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session from the audience.

Professor Shang-Jin Wei of Columbia University will argue the “temporary” point of view, Professor Stephen Roach of Yale University will argue the “it depends” point of view, and Dan H. Rosen of Rhodium will argue the “permanent” point of view. The debate will be moderated by Peter Young, a Committee of 100 member and CEO of Young & Partners.

Throughout the event, there will be an interactive component where attendees will be able to vote. Prior to the debate, attendees will indicate their initial position on the issue via a voting mechanism. Then, after the debate has concluded, they will indicate their position once again, showing how the debaters have influenced the audiences' original positions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to cast their votes for the speaker they consider to be the "best debater."

This is a hybrid event. You can choose to attend in person at the J Conference Bryant Park (109 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018) or virtually via Zoom. Capacity is limited for in-person attendance.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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