On Point Radio in March 2015 had a good discussion on China and its future. Guests included:
Damien Ma, fellow at the Paulson Institute. Contributor at the Atlantic. Author of "In Line Behind a Billion People.", David Lampton, professor and director of China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Chairman of the Asia Foundation and Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Program and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.
The panelist addressed the issue of whether China has peaked and whether it is the end game for the current Premier, Xi Jinping, and communism in one of largest countries in the world? The discussion is more than one year old but still relevant.
Many wealthy Chinese citizens are transferring assets overseas as Chairman Xi Jinping is redistributing wealth. There is concern that this could cause a regime change while Xi Jinping is very popular with the average Chinese citizen. With this being the case, some who monitor China would not be surprised if there was a coup quietly orchestrated by the elite without public knowledge until after the fact.
To add fuel to this speculation is China’s growth rate, which use to be in the double digits, has fallen to 7%. This is still high when compared to the rest of the world, but for China it is mediocre and perhaps indicates a smaller, more normal rate of growth in the future.