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1984 with Chinese Characteristics: How China Rewrites History
February 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: First Floor Conference Center
1777 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
A hallmark of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ is founded on principles of “socialism with Chinese characteristics” with the goal to build a culturally strong and prosperous China under the guidance of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). To achieve the ‘China Dream,’ it is essential for the Party to be a critical part of both China’s past and present to successfully usher China into the future. As such, the CCP has actively dominated the narrative of their history, which has politicized the very nature of the PRC’s struggles and successes. In order to maintain the CCP narrative, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party issued a communiqué in April 2013 known as Document No.9 titled, “Communiqué on the Current State of the Ideological Sphere.” The document set out to criticize seven political threats including constitutionalism, civil society, historical nihilism, universal values, and the Western view of media. Overall, the document criticized these elements for attempting to undermine the legitimacy of the Party through the questioning of China’s version of events, and prohibited open discourse or any challenge to the CCP’s historical narrative in an effort to maintain the strict adherence to the Party line.
This conference will bring together an expert panel to address the costs and implications related to the CCP’s distortion of consequential moments in China’s past. Specifically, the event will address “Problems on the Periphery” and the impact of the CCP’s involvement in Tibet, Southeast Asia, and Korea. A second panel will discuss how the modern reform era of the 1980’s and onward resulted in a stronger and more defiant CCP today. The conference will also include a discussion on the CCP’s process of “restoration” and the consequences of Party history.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Professor of East Asia and Military and Naval History
United States Naval Academy
The Project 2049 Institute
Moderator: Amy Chang
Former Staff Director
Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Senior Advisor and Consultant
The Stimson Center
Founder and Editor
Moderator: Louisa Greve
Vice President, Asia, Middle East & North Africa Programs
National Endowment for Democracy