As Americans cast their ballots in the 2020 U.S. elections, a major political event of a different sort was also underway in China: the Communist Party’s 5th Plenum Meeting, at which the contours of the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan were solidified. This all-important plan will determine the political direction, economic policy priorities, and overall character of China’s development for 2021 to 2025 and beyond, including its efforts to combat climate change. At the Plenum, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced specific new goals to transform China, and the world, by 2035. With the coming year set to be a pivotal moment for both China and the United States, what does all this mean for China’s future and the future of U.S.-China relations?
To address these critical questions and more, Asia Society Policy Institute President and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will join Paulson Institute Chairman and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in a discussion moderated by Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran. The Hon. Kevin Rudd AC will open the event with a keynote speech on how Beijing views the future of U.S.-China relations.