The Chinese Communist Party and General Secretary Xi Jinping face unparalleled challenges as the party approaches its 100th anniversary in 2021. Deng Xiaoping’s legacy and his promise to Hong Kong residents to maintain “one country, two systems” are now threatened by persistent protests against leaders selected by Beijing. In Xinjiang, the suppression of Islam and ethnic Uyghurs builds upon decades of domination of Tibetan Buddhists and other minority religious populations and allows Xi new opportunities to centralize control over the Chinese state. Meanwhile, China’s once relatively amicable relationship with the U.S. has deteriorated into an unpredictable trade war that threatens to end the free flow of people, ideas, capital and technology between the world’s two largest markets.
At this event, a panel of experts examined the current state of reforms in China and U.S.-China relations. This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute China Studies Program.
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4:00 p.m. — Presentation
6:00 p.m. — Reception
Ka-Kin Cheuk, Ph.D.
Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
Carrie Liu Currier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Asian Studies Program, Texas Christian University
Daniel H. Katz, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, China Studies Program, Baker Institute
Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D.
C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow, Baker Institute; and Professor in the Practice and Associate Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University