Past Sokwanlok Distinguished Lectures

This series brings top leaders and thinkers from China, drawing audiences from the academy and beyond to hear front-line insights and analysis of the most pressing trends in China.

“China’s Governance in Transition"


Sixth Annual Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China

Speaker: Pacific Leadership Fellow YU Keping, Dean, School of Government, Peking University

Date: Oct. 10, 2016
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine


In the sixth Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, YU Keping, a renowned scholar and advocate of reform in China addressed the great changes in governance since the economic reform. He traced the principal lines of governance reform in China since the 18th Party Congress and assessed the main challenges going forward.

Speaker Bio

YU KepingPacific Leadership Fellow YU Keping is the dean of the School of Government at Peking University. He has continued to be a stable voice in Chinese academia, as well as a strong advocate for democratization and rule of law from within the establishment—his book “Democracy is a Good Thing (2009)” relaunched an intellectual debate on the future of China’s political system and democratization.

Read his full bio online.

"Understanding China's New Normal"

Fifth annual Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on ChinaView photos

Speaker: Qian Yingyi (钱颖一), Professor, Department of Economics and Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

Date: Dec. 8, 2015
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion


As China's economic growth rate has declined to 7.5% in 2014 from its recent historic average of 9.8%, the once unstoppable economy is said to have entered a “new normal.” This new paradigm is forcing China's leaders to face a series of new and vexing questions: How to increase the quality of growth and make substantive reforms to the growth model? What will be the spillover effects of this slower growth? Yingyi, one of China's foremost economists, helped navigate the future of China's economy during this talk.

Qian YingyiSpeaker Bio

Qian Yingyi (钱颖一) was born in Beijing and graduated from Tsinghua University with a degree in mathematics in 1981. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University after earning an M.Phil. in management, science, operations research from Yale University and an M.A. in statistics from Columbia University. He was on the faculty at Stanford University, the University of Maryland and UC Berkeley. He was appointed as the dean of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in October 2006.


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