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

628 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 | Friday, May 22, 2009 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
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At this CECC Roundtable, a panel of experts discussed the various meanings of "democracy" in China and considered 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?


Dr. Cheng Li, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

Ms. Melanie Manion, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Liu Yawei, Director, China Program, The Carter Center

Dr. Bruce Dickson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University