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Assessing the Resiliency of the Chinese Communist Party

October 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Conference Center at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Choate Room
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

At the forthcoming 19th Party Congress in Beijing, Chinese leaders will project an image of China as a strong and united country destined to become a new global leader. However, the extraordinary measures undertaken to control information, assembly, and capital outflows suggest the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) may be weaker than it appears. While much discussion in Washington, D.C. has been focused on the future of U.S.-PRC relations, it is imperative to assess the resiliency of China’s party-state apparatus the international community interacts with today and examine its implications for American interests. China, under the rule of the CCP, has denied its people their natural rights of self-determination and freedom of thought and expression. Since the late 1970s, the PRC leadership has pursued a policy of “reform and opening” that has advanced the Chinese economy, while ensuring the Party’s continued monopoly on all forms of political power. This ideologically retrograde path has resulted in considerable tensions within Chinese society, most notably manifested in 1989 during the Tian’anmen square movement. As China continues to emerge as a globally-interconnected power, concerns have risen regarding its political system. While seemingly very unlikely, how would a regime change in Beijing influence the current international system?

This conference will bring together a distinguished group of experts to address the potentially tenuous nature of the CCP’s hold on power and what a potential future CCP collapse could mean for the United States and the future of Asia.

Randall Schriver
President and CEO
Project 2049 Institute

Richard McGregor
Former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Yang Jianli
President and Founder
Initiatives for China

David Gitter
Party Watch Initiative

Nadège Rolland
Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs
National Bureau of Asian Research

Moderator: Rachael Burton
Deputy Director
Project 2049 Institute

Peter Mattis
Fellow in the China Program
Jamestown Foundation

Mark Stokes
Executive Director
Project 2049 Institute

Kuniko Ashizawa
Adjunct Professor
American University

Moderator: Emily David
Project 2049 Institute


October 12, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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