Hearing: Major Internal Challenges Facing the Chinese Leadership

Hearing Transcript: 

February 2 and 3, 2006

1310 Longworth House Office Building
Independence and New Jersey Avenues, SE
Washington , D.C. 20515

Co-chairs: Commissioners William A. Reinsch and Larry M. Wortzel



  • Opening Statement of Acting Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew [Remarks]
  • Opening Statement of William A. Reinsch [Remarks]
  • Opening Statement of Larry M. Wortzel [Remarks]

Thursday, February 2, 2006

9:00am - 10:00 am Panel 1:Administration Views: What Keeps Chinese Leaders Awake at Night, and What are U.S. Leaders Doing in Response?

  • Mr. James Keith, Special Assistant for East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State [Testimony]
  • Mr. Jerry Clifford, Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [Testimony]

10:15am - 12:00 pm Panel 2: Major Internal Challenges Facing China

  • Dr. Flynt Leverett, Visiting Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy The Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Elizabeth Economy, Director of Asian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations [Testimony]
  • Dr. Bates Gill, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic & International Studies [Testimony]

12:00pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00pm - 2:45 pm Panel 3: China's Internal Unrest: Worker Demonstrations, Civil Disobedience, Riots and Other Disorder, and the Prognosis for the Future

  • Dr. Albert Keidel, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace [Testimony]
  • Mr. David Welker, Senior Strategic Research & Projects Coordinator, International Brotherhood of Teamsters [Testimony]
  • Dr. Joshua Muldavin, Professor of Asian Studies & Human Geography Sarah Lawrence College [Testimony]

Friday, February 3, 2006

9:00am - 9:30 am Congressional Views (invited)

9:30am - 11:30 am Panel 4: Chinese Control Mechanisms

  • Dr. Murray Scott Tanner, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation [Testimony]
  • Dr. Anne Thurston, Independent Researcher (formerly with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University) [Testimony]