China’s 70 Years Of Development

On October 1, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1949. Over this period, particularly in the 40 years since Deng Xiaoping’s Open Door Policy was announced, over one billion Chinese have been lifted out of poverty, and the country has emerged as the second largest economy in the world. In celebration of the occasion,

The Point, a popular weekday prime time opinion show on CGTN hosted by Liu Xin, devoted a special program to this important milestone. CGTN is the international English-language news channel of the China Global Television Network Group.

I was pleased to serve on the show’s panel, which included Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, a consultancy, and Dr. Yutong Li, Head of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The wide ranging discussion moderated by Liu Xin addressed such questions as:

What has China’s development meant for the United States and the rest of the world?

What has made China’s development possible?

What role has government policy played in the country’s development?

How have China’s policies been developed?

Looking to the future, what does China need to think about?

Toward the end of the show, the discussion turned to the thorny issue of the current relationship between China and the United States. To provoke a reaction from the panel, Liu Xin said that many fear that the world is being fractured into two camps, and that, in the future, countries may have to pick a side. As the only American on the panel, she was interested in my opinion.

Watch to hear how the panel answered Liu Xin’s questions, as well as what I had to say about the future of the relationship between the world’s two largest economies.

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