Meeting Activities
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)

(see
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