The Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress took place from November 9 to 12, 2013,  in Beijing.  At the end of the conference, China unveiled its official reform blueprint for the coming years, including plans to give market competition a decisive role in the economy and to establish a new committee to oversee national security.  Hours after the close of the Plenum on November 12, the National Committee hosted an on-the-record teleconference with Professor Barry Naughton.  Moderated by NCUSCR President Stephen Orlins, Dr. Naughton reflected on the results of the Plenum and its implications for future reforms.  
One of the world’s top experts on the Chinese economy, and a long-term analyst of Chinese economic policy, Barry Naughton is a professor at the University of California, San Diego.  He is in Beijing this fall as a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, which has allowed him to follow preparations for the Third Plenum closely.
Last month, MIT Press published Dr. Naughton’s edited volume of essays by Wu Jinglian, China’s foremost reform economist, called Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China.