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China Initiative Conference

February 6, 2020 • 8:00 am – 12:15 pm EST

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In November 2018, the Department of Justice unveiled the China Initiative, which was established to fulfill the Department’s strategic priority of confronting national security threats presented by the People’s Republic of China, with a particular emphasis placed on the policies and practices that seek to challenge U.S. technological and scientific leadership.  This half-day event brings together high-level officials from the U.S. government, private industry and academia, to discuss the most timely and relevant issues regarding the Department of Justice’s efforts to counter this economic malfeasance.

8:00 am — Welcome by James Lewis, CSIS, and John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

8:05 am — Opening remarks by Christopher Wray, FBI Director

8:25 am — Threat Briefing by William Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center

8:45 am — China case overview
  • Adam Hickey, Deputy Assistant Attorney General
  • John Brown, Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division, FBI
9:05 am — U.S. Attorney Panel – “The China Initiative
  • Moderated by Brian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
  • Jay Town, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Andrew Lelling, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
  • Richard Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
  • Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas
9:45 am — Break

10:00 am — Keynote address by William Barr, U.S. Attorney General

10:30 am — Industry Experience Panel 
  • Moderated by Aruna Viswanatha, Wall Street Journal Justice Department Correspondent
  • William Zarit, The Cohen Group
  • Jeremie Waterman, President, China Center, Vice President, Greater China, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • John Neuffer, President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association
  • John Carlin, Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security
11:20 am — Academic Experience Panel
  • Moderated by Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
  • Dr. Doug Girod, Chancellor of Kansas University
  • Dr. Greg Fenves, President of the University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, President of the Association of American Universities
  • Dr. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH
12:10 pm — Closing remarks by John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program