Network of Contemporary Chinese Studies

“The State and Entrepreneurs in China: Stifling or Encouraging Capitalism?”


Seventh International Conference of the NIHU Contemporary China Area Study Program

November 8, 2014       13:00-18:00

Venue: Classroom No. 1, B1F, Economics Research Building, Hongo Campus,University of Tokyo

Language: English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation



The November 2013 “Decision on the Deepening of Reform” made by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) identified that the “core problem is to rectify the relationship between the state and the market,” and that “it is necessary to invigorate and stimulate the creativity of the non-publicly-owned (i.e. private) sector.” However, it remains to be seen whether these recommendations will lead to a more market-friendly role of the Chinese state. This symposium is aimed at assessing the status of the relationship between the state, including the local state, and entrepreneurs in China. It will also discuss the prospect for changes in the state-market relationship after the CCP’s “Decision.” Is the state stifling or encouraging the private sector? What are the strategies taken by the entrepreneurs to flourish under a regime in which the state is heavily involved in the economy? Will China develop into a form of “crony capitalism”? Have there been any changes in the state-entrepreneur relationship after November 2013? These issues will be addressed in the presentations and discussions at this symposium.


Conference Program

Tomoo MARUKAWA(University of Tokyo)



Zhao CHEN (Fudan University)

Lihui “George” TIAN (Nankai University)

Kellee TSAI (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Mariko WATANABE(Gakushuin University)

Maosong WU(Keio University)



Contemporary Chinese Area Studies of the National Institute for the Humanities

Japanese Association for Chinese Economy and Management Studies



Contemporary China Research Base at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo