The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, The Factory and The Future of the World

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

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East Asia Seminar Series


As discussed in his new book The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, Dexter Roberts will describe how surging income inequality, an unfair social welfare system, and rising social tensions block China’s continued economic rise with implications for companies and countries around the world. He will discuss how China is struggling to leave behind its “Factory to the World” growth model, and include its hundreds of millions of left-behind migrant workers into a more innovative, consumption-driven economy and why that means China may not become the superpower the world expects. He will also discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated the already huge social disparities in China further complicating its ongoing economic transition and putting it at risk of falling into the middle income trap. And he will discuss how global supply chain diversification is affecting China and whether a change in U.S. presidents is likely to do anything to reduce the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Dexter Tiff Roberts is an award-winning writer and speaker on China now serving as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Asia Security Initiative and an adjunct instructor in political science at the University of Montana as well as a Fellow at the university’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Previously he was China bureau chief and Asia News Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, based in Beijing for more than two decades. He has reported from all of China’s provinces and regions including Tibet and Xinjiang, covering the rise of companies and entrepreneurs, manufacturing and migrants, demography and civil society. He has also reported from North Korea, Mongolia and Cambodia, on China’s growing economic and political influence. Roberts’ first book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World, was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2020 and he created and now publishes a weekly newsletter called Trade War. He has a BA in Political Science from from Stanford University and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and studied Mandarin Chinese at Taiwan Normal University.


Dexter Tiff Roberts
Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Asia Security Initiative; Adjunct Instructor in Political Science, University of Montana

Diana Fu
Director, East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

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Asian Institute


East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

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