Chris Patten


Is China Broken? With Chris Patten and Rana Mitter

An ageing and shrinking population, declining productivity, real estate contraction and uncertainty about the future of Covid – is China’s future looking dicey? The IMF predicts the economy will bounceback following the lifting of punitive Covid restrictions, but growth will slow in the medium term. As continentalism replaces globalism as the driving principle of geopolitical relations, what are the options for Xi Jinping? And how should US and European democracies respond?

Chris Patten

The Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes, CH Chris Patten was born in 1944 and educated at St Benedict’s School (Ealing) and Balliol College (Oxford). He was Director of the Conservative Research Department (1974-79), MP for Bath (1979-92), a Minister (1983-92), and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1990-92). From 1992-97 he was Governor of Hong Kong; and from 1998-99 Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland.  He was European Commissioner for External Affairs (1999-2004); and Chairman of the BBC Trust (2011-2014). He was made a Companion of Honour in 1998, and a Life Peer in 2005. He has written ‘The Tory Case’, ‘East and West’, ‘Not Quite The Diplomat’, ‘What Next? – Surviving the 21 st Century’ and ‘First Confession: A Sort of Memoir’. His latest book, ‘The Hong Kong Diaries’ was published at the end of June 2022. Chris Patten became Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003. He is a board member of Bridgepoint, Hutchison Europe and Vontobel Asset Management.

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, and acting Master of St Cross College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books, including China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945 (2013) which won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and was named a Book of the Year in the Financial Times and Economist. His latest book is China’s Good War: How World War II is Shaping a New Nationalism (Harvard, 2020). His writing on contemporary China has appeared recently in Foreign Affairs, the Harvard Business Review, The Spectator, The Critic, and The Guardian.