Congressman Kolbe, chairman of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee and member of Homeland Security Subcommittee, discussed the Dubai Ports World controversy.
Carnegie's Minxin Pei spoke at the launch of his new book, China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006). Carnegie President Jessica Tuchman Mathews moderated the discussion.
Minxin Pei examines the sustainability of the Chinese Communist Party's strategy of pro-market economic policies under one-party rule. China is trapped in partial economic and political reforms, and because the Communist Party must retain significant economic control to ensure its political survival, gradualism will ultimately fail.
Joshua Muldavin, of Sarah Lawrence College, argued that China's rapid growth during the past two and a half decades has been built upon a base of environmental destruction and social decay.