Exploring China’s Autonomous Regions

  • Date / Time:
  • March 04, 2021
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

China has a number of autonomous regions within its boundaries that have more local government rule and legislative rights than the other Chinese provinces. But recently, the Chinese government has begun enacting new laws that make it harder for these regions to operate independently. What is the Hong Kong National Security Law and how is it impacting U.S.-China relations? How will the United States continue to react to reports of human rights violations in Xinjiang and other territories? How will the Biden administration react to these events in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and elsewhere? Join FPRI’s Jacques deLisle and the Wilson Center’s Michael C. Davis as they discuss China’s domestic and foreign policy ambitions, how the Biden Administration will respond to these policies, and the future of U.S.-China relations.   

Michael C. Davis is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, an affiliate research scholar at the US Asia Law Institute at New York University, and a professor of law and international affairs at O.P. Jindal Global University in India. Long a public intellectual in Hong Kong, he was a professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016. Amnesty International, the Hong Kong Journalists Association, and the Hong Kong FCC awarded him a 2014 Human Rights Press Award for his commentary in the South China Morning Post on the 2014 Hong Kong “umbrella movement.” His latest book on Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law (November 2020) is available from Columbia University Press: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/making-hong-kong-china/9781952636134

Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science,  and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in Chinese politics and legal reform, U.S-China relations, cross-strait relations, and China’s engagement with the international legal order. Jacques deLisle’s most recent books include: To Get Rich is Glorious: Challenges Facing China’s Economic Reform and Opening at Forty (Brookings 2019), coedited with Avery Goldstein; China’s Global Engagement (Brookings, 2017), co-edited with Avery Goldstein, and The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), co-edited with Avery Goldstein and Guobin Yang.


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