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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, "Hearing: China's Views of Sovereignty and Methods of Access Control," March 25, 2008

This hearing was conducted by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 25, 2008. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to monitor, investigate, and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
March 25, 2008

February 27, 2008
Room 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building
First Street and Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510

Hearing Co-Chairs: Commissioners Mark Esper and Jeffrey Fiedle

Opening Statement of Carolyn Bartholomew, Vice Chairman

Good morning and welcome to the second hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 2008 reporting cycle. We are pleased that you could join us. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you, and I thank you for your interest in the Commission’s work.

At today’s hearing, we will be exploring the concepts of sovereignty that are advanced by the Chinese government. In some circumstances these concepts are at odds with interpretations of international law as understood by the United States, and also play a role in conflicting territorial claims between China and some of its neighbors in Asia. Furthermore, the continuing advances in outer space exploration and use and in use of cyberspace raise questions regarding how sovereignty is defined in these critical realms of economic and information exchange and what are the rights of lawful international access. We hope that this hearing will add to the public dialogue on these issues, which I am confident will assume ever greater importance in the months and years ahead.

Throughout the day today, we will be hearing testimony from distinguished members of the academic and public policy research communities, who will contribute their views and insights regarding the positions of the U.S. and Chinese governments on issues of national sovereignty and access to the global commons. A thorough understanding of these issues will be of tremendous importance in the future of U.S.-China relations, and we hope that this hearing will assist the public and policy-making community in coming to better informed judgments on these complex and difficult issues.

The co-chairs of this hearing will be Commissioners Mark Esper and Jeffrey Fiedler. I would now like to turn the microphone over to Commissioner Fiedler for his opening remarks.

Opening Statement of Carolyn Bartholomew, Vice Chairman
Opening Statement of Mark Esper, Commissioner
Opening Statement of Jeffrey Fiedler, Commissioner

Panel I: Congressional Perspectives
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Panel II:  Chinese Views of Sovereignty
Dr. Allen R. Carlson, Professor of Political Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. June Teufel Dreyer, Professor of Political Sciences, University of Miami School of Business Administration, Coral Gables, FL

Panel III: Chinese Methods of Advancing Sovereignty by Non-military Means
Dr. Robert G. Sutter, Professor of Asian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Panel IV:  Chinese Methods of Advancing Sovereignty by Military Means
Mr. Peter Dutton, Esquire and Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, RI
LTC (retired) Roy D. Kamphausen, Vice President of Political and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington, DC

Panel V:  Chinese Views of Sovereignty in Space and Cyberspace
Mr. Philip A. Meek, Esquire and Associate General Counsel of International Affairs, Air Force General Counsel’s Office, Washington, DC
Mr. James A. Lewis, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC



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