Retirees Association

What does the future hold for China following the party's national congress?

Chinese National Congress

China is a rising power facing a complex set of challenges. It recently concluded the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which awarded a precedent-breaking third five-year term to President Xi Jinping and introduced a new top governing body stacked with loyalists, cementing his place as the country’s most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong.

The WSU Retirees Association will host a Zoom conversation about China on Thursday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., with Dr. Laura Luehrmann, chair of the College of Liberal Arts’ new School of Social Science and International Studies.

The issues addressed by the Congress included many that affect the United States, including Taiwan, climate change, COVID, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the broader Asia-Pacific question of U.S. military dominance in the region.

Professor Luehrmann, who earned her Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, studies China, including its social movements. She will address questions ranging from the economic turmoil in China, to domestic problems such as relations with the Uighur and Tibetan minorities, as well as the political consequences of China's rise to economic and military dominance.

The discussion is free and open to the public. Email your RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 29, to, and we will send you a link to join the discussion. Please include your full name in the email and use “China” in the subject line.