Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
Chinese President Hu Jintao, once viewed as a quiet reformist,
has proved to be quite the opposite. Censorship, arbitrary arrests,
and suppression of descent, have increased, much to the dismay of
Chinese intellectuals. In foreign policy, Hu is also an activist,
including bold initiatives such as the first joint China-Russia
military exercise, not to mention China's unprecedented military
Hu arrives in Washington on Sept. 6 on his second U.S. visit.
While outward signs are that the visit will be cordial, there are
hints of significant strain. For example, while former Secretary of
State Colin Powell frequently called the China-U.S. relationship
"the best in decades," current Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
characterizes it as "complex." With stark differences between
Washington and Beijing on North Korea, terrorism, Iran, trade,
exchange rates and, of course, human rights, has the relationship
morphed into something completely different?
Please join us for a discussion of these and other issues as
Washington prepares for the important visit of Chinese President Hu
More About the Speakers
Professor of East Asian Studies,
John Tkacik Jr.
Senior Research Fellow,
The Heritage Foundation
Distinguished Fellow in China Policy