Seminar & Events

International Symposium

China at a Crossroads - Economic and Social Challenges Ahead

Following its miraculous economic development, China has attained middle-income status. However, problems such as the trade war with the United States, serious - although improving - income inequality, non-performing loans, population ageing and a low birth rate, excess savings, and so forth are compelling China to drastically change its economic policies.

In this symposium, leading scholars in these fields will discuss the issues China is facing: trade friction with the United States, social security, Made in China 2025, and the Belt and Road Initiative. We will examine these issues taking their impact on other Asian countries as well as the difficulties Japan faced in its economic development in the past into account.


February 22, 2019 (Friday) 13:30-17:00 (Registration opens at 13:00)


Toranomon Hills Forum, Hall A
Toranomonhills Mori Tower 5th Floor, 1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo


13:30-13:40 Opening remarks
13:40-14:10 Keynote Speech1: "US-China Economic Relations from a Long-term Perspective (TBC)"
  • Prof. David M. Lampton (Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS))
14:10-14:40 Keynote Speech2: "China's Slowdown: Lessons from Japan’s Experience and the Impact on Japan's Economy"

Coffee Break


Panel Discussion

Report1:"Economic Welfare and Social Stability in China (TBC)"

  • Prof. Qingjie Xia (Peking University)

Report2:"US-China Trade War and Made in China 2025 (TBC)"

  • Dr. Sherman Robinson (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

Report3:"The Belt and Road Initiative and its Impact on Asia (TBC)"

  • Mr. Yasuo Onishi (Chief Senior Researcher IDE-JETRO)


  • Prof. David M. Lampton


  • Prof. Yuan Tangjun (Fudan University and Teikyo University)

Question and Answer

16:55-17:00 Closing Remarks


Simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and English will be available


IDE-JETRO, The Asahi Shimbun Company, and Peterson Institute for International Economics



Participation fee:


External Relations Division, Research Promotion Department, IDE-JETRO
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