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China's Power: Up for Debate

December 4, 2019 • 8:15 am – 5:00 pm EST

Fourth Annual ChinaPower Conference

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The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. ChinaPower's annual conference features leading experts from both China and the U.S. to debate core issues underpinning the nature of Chinese power.


8:15 a.m.      Opening/Greeting
Bonnie S. Glaser
Director, China Power Project and Senior Adviser for Asia
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
 
8:20 a.m.      Morning Keynote
Senator David Perdue
(R-Georgia)
 
9:00 a.m.      Coffee Break
 
9:15 a.m.      Proposition: If Beijing and Taipei do not come to an agreement on unification by 2035, China will use military force to invade Taiwan.
FOR: James Fanell
(Former Director of Intelligence and Information Operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet)
Fellow
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
 
AGAINST: Timothy R. Heath
Senior International Defense Researcher
RAND Corporation
 
10:25 a.m.      Coffee break
 
10:40 a.m.      Proposition: Beijing is seeking to export the Chinese development model.
FOR: Elizabeth Economy
C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 
AGAINST: Wang Huiyao
Founder and President
Center for China and Globalization
 
11:50 a.m.      Proposition: A technology Cold War between the United States and China will lead to separate spheres of technology influence.
FOR: Naomi Wilson
Senior Director of Policy, Asia
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
 
AGAINST: Joy Dantong Ma
Data Scientist
Home Partners of America
 
1:00 p.m.      Lunch
 
1:40 p.m.      Proposition: The US economy is better positioned than China’s to weather a long-term trade conflict.
FOR: Christopher Balding
Associate Professor
Fulbright University Vietnam
 
AGAINST: Yi Xiong
Economist, China
Deutsche Bank
 
2:50 p.m.      Proposition: Xi Jinping will face a leadership challenge by 2025.
FOR: Jude Blanchette
Freeman Chair in China Studies
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
 
AGAINST: Joseph Fewsmith 
Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
 
4:00 p.m.      Coffee break
 
4:15 p.m.      Afternoon Keynote
Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State
 
5:00 p.m.      CONFERENCE END
 

This event is made possible by support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Bonnie S. Glaser