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To celebrate its May release, contributors Karen Eggleston, Barry Naughton, and Andrew Walder will join editors Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi for a panel discussion on their volume Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China’s Future (Stanford University Press). China has enjoyed an extraordinary run of rapid growth and development over the last 40 years; yet, as Fingar and Oi point out, China’s future is hardly set in stone. Sustained economic growth, social welfare and stability will depend upon tough policy decisions confronting Beijing’s leaders today in what is a watershed moment. Casting doubt on Beijing’s aversion to major reforms and its return to certain Mao-era policy tools, Oi and Fingar argue that China’s challenges are not only complex, but high-stakes – challenges that have become even more daunting in the aftermath of COVID-19. As China battles the difficulties caused by an aging population, the loss of comparative economic advantage, a politically entrenched elite, and a population with rising expectations, today’s policy decisions will weigh heavily on its future. Topics explored in the volume include China's healthcare challenges in a slowing economy, its foriegn policy goals and track record, economic ambitions and realities, the tension between centralized and decentralized government, and more.