CSCC Policy Roundtables

CSCC Policy Roundtables

As appropriate, the CSCC hosts roundtables of Penn faculty and invited outside experts to address pressing policy issues that increasingly confront contemporary China or US-China relations.

Upcoming Policy Roundtables

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Past Policy Roundtables


China and the Environment: Challenges at Home and Agendas Abroad

FPRI Panel Discussion
FPRI Library, 1528 Walnut Street, Ste. 610, Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Terry Cooke, Founder and Executive Director, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, and Senior Fellow, FPRI; author of Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy.


End of China's One-Child Policy

Feinian Chen,Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland; Yong Cai, Associate Professor of Sociology, UNC Chapel Hill; Feng Wang, Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine
Stiteler Hall B21

In October 2015, China announced the plans to abolish the one-child policy which had restricted the majority of Chinese families to only one child for the last 35 years. All Chinese couples are now allowed to have…


The 19th CCP Congress and Elite Politics

Policy Roundtable
Andrew Nathan, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University;  Joseph Fewsmith III, Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Damien Ma, Fellow and Associate Director, Paulson Institute.
Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall

In October 2017, the Chinese Communist Party held its 19th Congress. The Congress named Xi Jinping to the Party’s top post for a second 5-year term, selected a Politburo and a seven-member Politburo Standing…


Law in Polarised Societies: Hong Kong and China

Michael Hor, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Simon Young, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Fu Hualing, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Sun Haochen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
Silverman 240A, Penn Law School

Twenty years ago, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule under an arrangement that promised “one country, two systems.”  Today, the relationship between Hong Kong and Mainland China are often contentious, and a source of…


China-Taiwan Relations in the Tsai Ing-wen Era

Chas Freeman, Career US Diplomat; Richard Bush, Senior Fellow, Brooking Institution; Shelley Rigger, Professor of Political Science, Davidson College; Jacques deLisle, Professor of Law, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

In 2016 Tsai Ing-wen, candidate from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was elected President of Taiwan. Following eight years under a Kuomintang (KMT) president who had actively promoted closer relations…


China and the South China Sea Disputes: Recent Developments and Prospects

Jacques deLisle, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania; Peter Dutton, Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College; Bonnie Glaser, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Michael McDevitt, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Center for Naval Analyses; Taylor Fravel, Associate Professor of Political Science, MIT.  
Stiteler Hall B26, 208 S. 37th Street


Bending the Arc of Chinese History: The Cultural Revolution’s Unexpected Legacy

Andrew Walder, Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor, Stanford University; Guobin Yang, Associate Professor of Sociology and Communication, University of Pennsylvania
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

In the decades since its end, the Cultural Revolution has never been forgotten in China. But it is remembered selectively, and what is remembered depends on who does the remembering and when and is highly contested.…



What Direction for Legal Reform under Xi Jinping?

Carl F. Minzner, Professor of Law, Fordham University Law School;  Neysun A. Mahboubi, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Lecturer-in-Law, University of Pennsylvania; Moderated by: Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania    
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

After the “turn against law” that many perceived under the administration of Hu Jintao, the Chinese Party-state under Xi Jinping has appeared to place a new emphasis on formal law and legal institutions, to address…



Recent Developments in Chinese Administrative Procedure Reform

Neysun Mahboubi, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Lecturer-in-Law, University of Pennsylvania; Gwennan Manseau, Senior Counsel on China issues, Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce 
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Under the rubric of yifa xingzheng ("administering the country according to law"), efforts towards greater regularization and accountability of administrative decisionmaking in China have appeared to gain …



Productive Censorship, Profitable Surveillance: New Insights on Cyber-politics in China

Bo Mai, Ph.D candidate in Communication and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Chen, Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles. Moderator: Guobin Yang, Professor of Communication and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Internet censorship in China is a matter of grave concern among both citizens and scholars.  Many studies have documented its multiple and sophisticated forms.  The two speakers on this panel bring fresh insights…