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What 'Democracy' Means in China After 30 Years of Reform

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China presents a roundtable.

May 22, 2009 10:30am to 12:00pm

At this CECC Roundtable, a panel of experts will discuss the various meanings of "democracy" in China and consider China's progress toward stated democratic goals, addressing the issues of accountability, political participation, and responsiveness, as well as the relationship between economic development and democratic reforms. Chinese leaders state that China needs to improve its institutions of democracy, but how do Chinese leaders define democracy? What "democratic" practices have leaders instituted in society? Have Chinese politics "liberalized" and what are the implications for U.S. policy?

Cheng Li, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
Melanie Manion, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Liu Yawei, Director, China Program, The Carter Center
Bruce Dickson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University

CECC Roundtables are open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.



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