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Cheng Li

speaker location icon Washington DC, USA

Expert on Chinese leadership politics and China-US relations

Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution (2014-present)

Director, National Committee on US-China Relations

Dr. Cheng Li is an expert in Chinese leadership politics, China’s domestic regional development, US-China relations and technological development in China. He has advised a wide range of government, business and non-profit organisations on working in China.

He is currently Director of the John L. Thornton China Center, and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. He is also a Director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, an advisor to the World Bank, a member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Congressional US-China Working Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Director and Vice Chair of the Committee of 100.

Dr. Li is the acclaimed author of “Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform” (1997), “China’s Leaders” (2001), “China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy” (2008), “China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation” (2010) and “China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives” (2014). He is currently completing two book manuscripts: “Chinese Politics in the Era of Collective Leadership” and “Middle Class Shanghai: Pioneering China’s Global Integration”. He is the principal editor of the Thornton Centre Chinese Thinkers Series, published by the Brookings Institution Press.

Dr. Li frequently shares his unique perspective and insights as an expert on China on international media. He has recently appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, Voice of America, the PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. He is also a columnist for the Stanford University journal China Leadership Monitor.

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"Dr. Li is a dynamic and insightful speaker who clearly articulates the internal dynamics of the Chinese Communist Party. An expert on how the Party’s structure and leadership impacts the country and its external relations, he is also frequently called upon to discuss the relationship between the United States, the world’s great power, and China, the world’s rising power."

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