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21st Century Council Meeting: "Understanding China"

Members of the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council had the opportunity to gain a firsthand glimpse into the mindset of China’s new leadership during a rare, wide-ranging discussion with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in early November on the eve of the recent Third Plenum of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, which announced a broad array of reforms.

We also met with Premier Li Keqiang, top generals of the People’s Liberation Army and other ranking officials from National People’s Congress, key drafters of the new reforms, and governors and Party secretaries from Zhejiang, Guangdong and Yunnan provinces.

Zheng Bijian and Premier Li Keqiang at the opening of the 21st Century Council meeting. (Chinese Foreign Ministry)

our recent Bloomberg column for our report and analysis. A fuller account of the meetings will appear in WORLDPOST in January.)

The meeting was jointly hosted by the Berggruen Institute, Zheng Bijian’s China Institute for Innovation and Development and the People’s Institute on Foreign Affairs.

The group also engaged in a full day of roundtable discussions on topics ranging from models of governance to social media.

The 21st Century Council members and guests in attendance, among others, included:

Shaukat Aziz
, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

Nicolas Berggruen
, Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance

David Bonderman, Founding Partner, TPG Capital

Gordon Brown
, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 

Juan Luis Cebrián
, Chairman, PRISA

Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Group, LTD.

Francis Fukuyama
, Author, The Strengths and Weakness of China’s Governing System

Felipe González
, Former Prime Minister of Spain

Reid Hoffman
, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn

Fred Hu
, Chief Executive Officer of Primavera Capital, China

Arianna Huffington
, Founder, President and Chair, The Huffington Post Media Group

Paul Keating, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Aleksei Kudrin
, Former Russian Minister of Finance

Ricardo Lagos
, Former President of Chile

Kishore Mahbubani
, Author, The Great Convergence

Alain Minc
, Founder, A.M. Counseil

Mario Monti
, Former Prime Minister of Italy

Dambisa Moyo
, International Economist

Pierre Omidyar
, Founder, eBay

Nouriel Roubini
, Co-Founder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics

Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Eric Schmidt
, Executive Chairman, Google Inc.

Stephen Schwarzman, Chief Executive Officer, Blackstone Group

Wu Jianmin
, Executive Vice Chairman, China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy

George Yeo
, Former Foreign Minister of Singapore

Fareed Zakaria
, CNN News Anchor

Ernesto Zedillo
, Chairman, 21st Century Council

Zheng Bijian
, Chairman, China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy