Harpal Brar will be speaking on his latest book, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics: Marketisation of the Chinese Economy. which explores the path of China after Mao’s death, considering the role of the Great Leap Forward in China’s economic development and current success, and the truth behind the political events of the Cultural Revolution. Brar tackles the ultimate question: would China have been better off having continued to use centralized planning, or were the reforms and marketization necessary and beneficial?

Harpal Brar, former Chairman of the CPGB-ML, is a prominent political economist, author, and journalist.