CSIS - "China's Power Up for Debate" - Video Remarks by Thomas Christensen

Thursday, Dec 8, 2016
by dsuchens

The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. To help make sense of the issue, the ChinaPower Conference will feature a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power.

First ChinaPower Conference - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:00 am - 5:15 pm - CSIS 2nd Floor Conference Room

9:00 a.m. — Opening/Greeting
Bonnie S. Glaser
Director, China Power Project
Senior Adviser for Asia

9:10 a.m. — Opening Panel:Current trends in Chinese power and their implications for regional security.

Tom Christensen
William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War
Director China and the World Program, Princeton University

Zha Daojiong
Professor of International Political Economy, School of International Studies
Peking University

10:15 a.m. Coffee break

10:30 a.m. — Proposition: China can defend its sovereignty and maritime interests while tolerating US military presence in Asia.

For: Rear Admiral Mike McDevitt (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Center for Naval Analyses
Former Director of the East Asia Policy Office for Secretary of Defense
George H.W. Bush Administration

Against: Admiral Dennis Blair (Ret.)
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sasakawa USA Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

11:30 a.m. — Proposition:China seeks to undermine the rules-based international system.

For: Aaron Friedberg
Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
Former Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs
Office of the Vice President of the United States

Against:Zhao Suisheng
Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary China

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. — Proposition: China is successful at leveraging its economic might to promote its interests.

FOR: David M. Lampton

Director of China Studies
Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Chairman, The Asia Foundation

AGAINST: Evan Feigenbaum
Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago
Nonresident Senior Associate, Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2:00 p.m. — Proposition: China faces a looming economic crisis.

For: Andy Xie
Director, China Boqi Environmental Science and Technology
Former Chief Asia-Pacific Economist, Morgan Stanley

Against: David Dollar
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development
John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. — Proposition:China must undertake radical political reforms in order to successfully transition into a modern economy with a stable society and benevolent political system.

For: David Shambaugh
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Director, China Policy Program
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Against: Daniel A. Bell
Chair Professor, Schwarzman Scholar Program Tsinghua University

4:15 p.m. Keynote Speech:
Senator Dan Sullivan
Committee on Armed Services
United States Senate




https://www.csis.org/events/chinas-power-debate (Link to Video)