Unpacking China’s Sixth Plenum

Unpacking China’s Sixth Plenum

 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Virtual Event

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The recently concluded 6th Plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party marked the further consolidation of power by Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The meeting strongly signaled that Xi will remain in power beyond next year’s 20th Party Congress, but it also sent important signals on the future direction of domestic and foreign policy.

To unpack the significance of the 6th Plenum, please join the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies, China Power Project, and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics for a discussion on the key takeaways and implications of this year’s plenary session. The discussion will feature discussants Chris Buckley, Chief China Correspondent at the New York Times; Phillip C. Saunders, Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at National Defense University; Patricia Thornton, Associate Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Oxford; and Scott Kennedy, senior adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at CSIS. The discussion will be moderated by Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS and Bonny Lin, senior fellow for Asian security and director of the China Power Project at CSIS.

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.


Chris Buckley

Chief China Correspondent, New York Times

Phillip C. Saunders

Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, National Defense University

Patricia Thornton

Associate Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Oxford


Bonny Lin

Director, China Power Project and Senior Fellow, Asian Security

Jude Blanchette

Freeman Chair in China Studies

Scott Kennedy

Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics

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