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 COVID-19: A CSCC Roundtable Discussion

- Virtual Conference via Zoom

(If you are interested in joining the virtual roundtable and have not received a link via one of our email lists, please email to request the…


The World Today: Will COVID-19 Infect the U.S.-China Relationship?

- Virtual Roundtable

As both the Chinese Communist Party and the U.S. government have bungled their responses to the outbreak and blamed each other for the growing pandemic, what will COVID-19 mean for U.S.-China relations and what…


Roundtable on Taiwan Elections and Implications for Cross-Strait and U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Vincent Wang, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science, Adelphi University; Margaret Lewis, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University; David Rank, Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs; Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania.
- Annenberg School of Communication, Rm 111, 3620 Walnut St.

On January 11, the incumbent Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party won the presidential election by a landslide, and the DPP retained its legislative majority.  Tsai and the DPP won in a…


Technology Issues in US-China Relations

Professor Zhou Hanhua, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Samm Sacks, Council on Foreign Relations; Mark Cohen, UC Berkeley School of Law; Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania.
- Room 200, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St.

Zhou Hanhua is a professor of law and…


Roundtable on US-China Relations and Taiwan Issues

Xiamen University Delegation
- CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.


The Hong Kong Protests: A Roundtable Discussion

Michael Davis, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University; Victoria Hui, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Norte Dame; Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania; Avery Goldstein, David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations.
- Perry World House, Social Policy Lab, 3803 Locust Walk


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…


Feminist Activism in China: A Discussion with Lu Pin and Xie Bin

Lu Pin, Project manager of Media Monitor for Women Network, editor-in-chief of Feminist Voices, and a leading feminist activist focusing on gender equality, violence against women, and issues of gender and the media; Xie Bin, Executive director of Zhongzhou Yirenping, and a colleague of three of the detained feminist activists.
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Feminist activists in China have resorted to new media, forms of "street theatre" and other tactics to publicize and protest domestic violence, gender discrimination and other issues. Five leading members of China's…


Current Developments in China's Elite Politics

Cheng Li, Director and Senior Fellow, The John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution; Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University                      
Fisher-Bennett 345, CSCC conference room



The Quiet Disappearance of China’s Boldest Newspaper

Kecheng Fang, Doctoral Student, Annenberg School for Communication Commentator: Maria Repnikova, Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication Moderator: Prof. Guobin Yang, Annenberg School for Communication
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

This January marks the second anniversary of the Southern Weekly (Nanfang Zhoumo) incident. As a former journalist at Southern Weekly who experienced the incident, Annenberg School doctoral student Kecheng Fang…


Governance & Policy Innovation in the Contemporary City

Central Party School Delegation
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Please join our visiting delegation from Central Party School for a roundtable discussion on governance and policy innovation in the contemporary city.

Lunch provided.


The ‘Rule of Law’ Plenum?: Assessing Legal Reform after the Fourth Plenary Session of the CCP’s 18th Central Committee

Panel Discussion
Silverman 240A, Penn Law School

Panelists include:

Jacques deLisle, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Johannes Chan, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

Wang Xixin, Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Peking…


Hong Kong: The Umbrella Revolution

Panel Discussion
Claudia Cohen Hall, G17

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong since late September, demanding democracy and captivating global attention. What kind of "…


Is Xi Jinping Changing China's Course? Reforms Under the New Leadership in Beijing

Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall

In November 2013 China's ruling Communist Party, headed by Xi Jinping, held a widely anticipated meeting of its central committee.  This plenary session approved a sixty…


East Asia Island Wars

Penn Faculty
JMHH 340

Prof. Jacque deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science
Prof. Avery Goldstein, David M.…


China's Third Plenum and the Future of Reform: Historic Change or More of the Same?

CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

The just-concluded Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress and its decision on major reforms have outlined ambitious blueprint for China's future development.…


U.S. China Relations under Obama: From Hu to Xi-- A Policy Roundtable

Thomas J. Christensen, William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program, Princeton University. Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College
ANNS 110, Annenberg School of Communication

Thomas J. Christensen is William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant…



Accountability and Participation without Democracy?: Public Law and Governance in China

Panel discussion
Silverman 245A, Penn Law School

Chinese laws and institutions pledge many means for citizens to hold their government accountable and to influence the rules and policies that govern their lives.  Administrative law remedies—including rights to sue…


Constitutional Evolution through Legislation

Lin Yan, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School; Visiting Scholar, Penn Law School
Tanenbaum 112, Penn Law School

Over the past three decades, China’s Constitution has experienced a dramatic and fundamental transition. Legislation has overtaken both constitutional amendment…


Choices in U.S.-China Relations: Taiwan and Beyond

Bonnie Glaser, Freeman Chair for China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies;Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Director of the Elliott School's Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University
Stiteler Hall B21

Bonnie Glaser, one of the country’s preeminent analysts of contemporary China and a longstanding observer of developments on Taiwan, and Charles Glaser, one of the foremost international relations theorists of…