Today, the group participated in a lecture by Professor Li Xuefend, a leading expert on Chinese governance. Prof Li teaches governance and management to China’s most senior government bureaucrats who hold the rank of deputy director general and above.
The insight that Prof Li provided into Chinese decision making was candid and fascinating, and allowed the group to gain a greater understanding of how China’s government effectively carries out its decision-making.
Prof Li began by describing the role the National People’s congress and the Chinese Communist Party, the organization of government, and the development of its leaders. He then discussed Chinese decision-making, as it changed from a commanding economy in the 1970s to the present-day global and market economy.
As the Chinese economy continues to open, the government’s organization allows it to remain capable of rapidly and decisively managing change. The government is well organized to control such rapid growth, whereas some western governments and cultures are not organized as effectively to implement policies for change.
As was mentioned during the seminar, “while other governments talk, the Chinese government walks!”
Later in the day, the group had time to climb the Badaling section of the Great Wall, and stopped at the silk market for shopping on the way home.