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What Keeps Xi Up at Night: Beijing’s Internal and External Challenges


Hearing on “What Keeps Xi Up at Night: Beijing’s Internal and External Challenges"

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106

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9:30 AM – 9:35 AM: Opening Remarks: Senator James M. Talent and Senator Carte P. Goodwin

9:35 AM – 11:05 AM:  Panel I: The Threat from Within: “Party-ification” and Internal Threats to CCP Rule

Jude Blanchette, Senior Advisor and China Practice Lead, Crumpton Group (Testimony)

Timothy Heath, Senior International Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation (Testimony, Addendum)

Andrew Wedeman, Professor, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University (Testimony)

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM:  Panel II: Domestic Dilemmas: Beijing’s Slowing Growth and Technological Dependency

Michael Hirson, Practice Head, China and Northeast Asia, Eurasia Group (Testimony)

Nicholas Borst, Vice President and Director of China Research, Seafarer Capital (Testimony)

Greg Levesque, Managing Director, Pointe Bello (Testimony)

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch Break

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM:  Panel III: Backlash from Abroad: The Limits of Beijing’s Power to Shape its External Environment

Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Blasko, U.S. Army (Ret.), Independent Analyst (Testimony)

Rush Doshi, Brookings-Yale Postdoctoral Fellow (Testimony)

Lindsey Ford, Director of Political-Security Affairs, Asia Society Policy Institute (Testimony)

3:15 PM – 3:20 PM: Closing Remarks

3:20 PM:  Adjourn