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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Symposium announcement: "China at a Crossroads: Searching for a Balanced Approach to Development"

I have received the following announcement from the U.S. China Law Society:

The Harvard East Asian Legal Studies Program and the U.S. China Law Society will host a symposium entitled "China at a Crossroads: Searching for a Balanced Approach to Development," on November 5-6, 2005 at Harvard Law School.

China, much like the U.S., has become a society of haves and have-nots.  According to many academics specializing in China, the wealth disparity we see in today's China – based on a comparison of the Gini coefficients – is greater than that of the U.S. and second only to those of Latin American and sub-Saharan countries.   

The symposium will focus on searching for a balanced approach to development promoting both efficiency and equality.   The goal of this symposium is to examine systematically China's inequality from social, economic, legal and political perspectives and to generate constructive ideas and policy recommendations.

Among the speakers invited are He Weifang, one of the best-known constitutional scholar in China today; Li Shi, a pioneer in the study of the income-gap in China; and William Hsiao, the chief architect of a number of innovative programs in healthcare both inside and outside China.   Some of the West's most prominent Sinologists, including Roderick MacFarquhar and Elizabeth Perry will moderate the panels.  Dean Elena Kagan of Harvard Law School will welcome the attendees at the symposium opening.   For a complete list of speakers, please go to http://uschinalawsociety.org/symposium/speakers.htm.

For more information on the symposium and how to register and participate, please visit our website at: http://www.uschinalawsociety.org/symposium or email U.S. China Law Society at uschinalawsociety@gmail.com.

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