"Xi Jinping’s full report to the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress in October 2017 seeks to “ensure and improve living standards through sustainable development;” (1) it condones market “reform and opening” (gaige kaifang 改革开放) and encourages Chinese enterprises to “go out” (zou chuqu 走出去) especially along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (2017: 2). China’s relatively slow growth rate since 2009 has required a rebalancing of its economy away from investment-led growth and towards a more consumption- driven economy, “the new normal.” This phrase has been commonly used in China to indicate the importance of this recalibration. Some argue the recalibration has “stalled” due to the persistence of corruption, a volatile domestic stock market, and the challenges of crucial reforms in the stateowned sector. (2) At the same time, power is tightly held by the one-party system, and the underlying values of this ideology create an intriguing context for examining tension-points in the contested space over global influence between China and the US, with the latter remaining (for the moment) the world’s biggest economy."
Yan Bennett is the administrative director for the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. She most recently worked at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where she served as the assistant director from 2009-2015.
Before coming to Princeton, Bennett was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and served overseas in China and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In China, she served as vice consul and had the opportunity to report on U.S. corporate labor practices, intellectual property issues, and the results of a municipal election in Guangdong Province. In Bosnia, Bennett served as special assistant to the ambassador and supported senior staff in achieving foreign policy and national security objectives. She has received awards for superior performance from the State Department, including a personal commendation from Secretary Powell. As a legal scholar, she has a number of publications on China's legal reform and on the rule of law under the Xi administration.
Bennett has a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliot School at George Washington University. She holds a JD and practices in the areas of international law, including mergers and acquisitions and trade law.