Willy Lam, China expert, who has just published his new book, “Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping“, talked about the career, ideology and statecraft of the Fifth-Generation leader, Xi Jingping.
Dr Lam addressed President Xi’s bold strategy to perpetuate the Chinese Communist Party’s “perennial ruling party” status – and how the 61-year-old princeling could emerge as the “Mao Zedong of the 21st Century.” Also discussed was the Xi administration’s game plan for displacing the United States as the ultimate arbiter of the Asia-Pacific region in the coming decade or two. Dr Lam also touched on the charismatic strongman’s anti-corruption campaign, his efforts to erect a personality cult around himself – as well as the Xi team’s ambitious global power-projection policies such as the “One Belt, One Road” gambit.
Dr Willy Lam
With more than 30 years of experience in writing and researching about China, Willy Wo-Lap LAM is a recognized authority on areas including the Chinese Communist Party, public administration, foreign policy, the People’s Liberation Army, as well as the country’s economic and political reform. Dr Lam has worked in senior editorial positions in international media including Asiaweek newsmagazine, South China Morning Post, and the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of CNN.
Since early 2005, Dr Lam has been a Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan (www.aiu.ac.jp). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (History Department & Master of Global Political Economy Program); and a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation (www.jamestown.org), a leading foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.
Willy’s views on China are frequently sought by global media including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and other major publications and electronic media. He has been awarded visiting fellowships by institutions including Columbia University, Washington University at St. Louis (U.S.), Nottingham University (Britain), and Murdoch University (Australia.)