China's Power: Up for Debate 2023

October 5, 2023 • 9:30 am – 5:30 pm EDT

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Please join the CSIS China Power Project on Thursday, October 5 from 9:30 am-5:30 pm EDT for our eighth annual conference featuring keynote remarks and leading experts debating core issues underpinning China’s power. Please save the date and join us in-person or virtually for a full day of debates and keynote remarks by Dr. Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs at the United States Department of Defense.

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

Agenda:


9:30 am – 10:10 am: Keynote Remarks

Dr. Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, United States Department of Defense 

10:10 am - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:40 am: Debate

Proposition: The United States and China are making progress in creating a “floor” in U.S.-China relations to manage tensions and crises. 

 

FOR: Mr. Rick Waters, managing director, China Practice, Eurasia Group 

 

 

AGAINST: Mr. Dan Blumenthal, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute 

 

11:40 am - 11:55 am: Break

11:55 am - 1:05 pm: Discussion

Proposition: Xi Jinping has signaled that reunification with Taiwan is a legacy issue that he must achieve during his term in office. 

 

Speaker 1: Ms. Bonnie Glaser, managing director, Indo-Pacific Program, German Marshall Fund 

 

 

Speaker 2: Mr. Chad Sbragia, research staff member, Institute for Defense Analysis; former deputy assistant secretary of defense for China, Department of Defense 

 

1:05 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm: Debate

Proposition: China is more likely to blockade Taiwan than invade the island in the next five years. 

 

FOR: Mr. Lonnie Henley, senior fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute 

 

 

AGAINST: Dr. Phil Saunders, director, Center for the Chinese Military Affairs, National Defense University 

 

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm - 4:25 pm: Debate

Proposition: The United States and China are locked in a new Cold War. 

 

FOR: Dr. Michael Beckley, director, Asia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute; associate professor, Tufts University; nonresident senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute 

 

 

AGAINST: Dr. Arne Westad, professor, Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University 

 

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Debate

Proposition: China’s accelerated expansion of its nuclear arsenal represents a shift in China’s nuclear strategy and doctrine. 

 

FOR: Dr. Tong Zhao, senior fellow, Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie China, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

 

 

AGAINST: Dr. Fiona Cunningham, assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania 

 

Contact Information

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Bonny Lin
Director, China Power Project and Senior Fellow, Asian Security
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Bio photo of Dr. Ely Ratner
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, United States Department of Defense
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Director, Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University, and Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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Director, Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, National Defense University
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Mr. Chad Sbragia

Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, Department of Defense
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Professor, Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University
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Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie China, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace