Co-Directors and Senior Associates of Carnegie's China Program, Minxin Pei and Michael Swaine, took part in a panel discussion assessing the just-concluded 16th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. They were joined by David "Mike" Lampton, Professor and Director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Tom Carothers, Director of Carnegie's Democracy and Rule of Law Project, served as moderator.
Most observers examine the extent to which the Chinese government fulfills its WTO obligations. Carnegie's Veron Hung offers a different perspective. She examines a key aspect of China's legal system essential to China's implementation of its WTO obligations-independent judicial review.
China's accession to the World Trade Organization thrusts formidable challenges on Chinese leadership to honor promises relating to the country's rule of law developments. The United States and the international community should seize this unprecedented opportunity by directing more resources toward such reform efforts.
Marat Tazabekov, a journalist and publisher of the Kyrgyz news service AKI press, discusses political and economic reform in Kyrgyzstan.
On November 16-17, the China Program sponsored a two-day conference, "China after the 16th Party Congress," at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Twelve leading political scientists, economists, and sociologists from China, the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore met to discuss recent trends in the Chinese economy, politics, society, and foreign policy.