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The Intelligence Squared Economic Outlook China Special, with Keyu Jin

Why the success or failure of China's economy will have profound consequences for the rest of the world

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China’s economic power has been growing for decades. The capitalist reforms of Deng Xiaoping quickly transformed China into the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging 10% annually. But in recent years the so-called China miracle has begun to slow down. The Covid-19 pandemic and the default of property giant Evergrande (the world’s most indebted property developer) are among the factors that have economists and politicians around the world asking: Is China’s economy in big trouble?

As we enter 2024 President Xi Jinping faces some formidable challenges: slow growth, high youth unemployment and a domestic property market in turmoil.

In May 2024 renowned economist Keyu Jin came to Intelligence Squared to help us all make sense of the problems China faces. She explained how the success or failure of its economy will have profound consequences for the rest of the world.

Some argue that a more vulnerable China will seek better relations with the United States and the West. Others say economic weakness could make the country more aggressive and therefore more likely to invade Taiwan. Either way it has never been more important for us to understand the Chinese economy.



Keyu Jin

Author of The New China Playbook

Associate professor of eco­nomics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, who has worked with the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. She is currently a global board member for Richemont. Born and raised in Beijing, she holds a BA, an MA and a PhD in eco­nomics from Harvard University, and lives in London and Beijing. Her new book is The New China Playbook: Beyond Socialism and Capitalism.   

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Jonny Dymond

BBC News presenter and Royal Correspondent

Presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World at One and The World This Weekend and BBC World Service Radio's World Questions. He is also Royal Correspondent for BBC News. He recently presented the BBC Radio 4 series Putin, in which told the story of Vladimir Putin's life by interviewing guests who have watched, studied and dealt with the Russian president.