Webcast Recap

The Wilson Center's Asia Program and the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States invite you to a book discussion on China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future.

Ever since China's new president Xi Jinping described his "China Dream" as the "great rejuvenation of the Chinese people" in November 2012, it has become a key topic in the PRC's domestic politics and foreign affairs. Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, William A. Callahan will discuss how this concept emerged over the past few years in the context of a growing "values crisis" on the Mainland.

Although the Chinese state is now promoting a singular China Dream, the grand aspirations and deep anxieties of a broad group of public intellectuals have given rise to China's many different futures. The discussion will also address the challenges that Xi Jinping's China Dream faces from alternatives within China and from the American dream. It will cite fascinating conversations between officials, scholars, soldiers, bloggers, novelists, film-makers and artists featured in Professor Callahan's new book on China Dreams to see how they describe China's different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural futures.