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From Xinjiang to Tibet, ethnic and religious tensions continue to cloud the Chinese government's vision of a harmonious and stable society. Many see the CCP's policies toward religious freedom and ethnic diversity as more divisive than harmonizing. The Chinese government, on the other hand, blames external agitators in the West for the social unrest in China. The lack of progress toward resolving these tensions raises the question for all sides: Is it time for a new paradigm?
On the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the PRC, the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Washington, DC, and coinciding with the opening of the Fifth Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference, The Heritage Foundation presents a unique forum of intellectuals from Mainland China and representatives from the rainbow of ethnic and religious groups that comprise contemporary China who will give a "frontline" perspective on this question.
More About the Speakers
Exiled leader of the Uyghur People,
and President, World Uyghur Congress
Dr. Lee Edwards
Adjunct Professor of Politics, Catholic University of America,
and Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
President, Chinese Tibetan Friendship Society, New York
Christian Minister and President of China Aid
Dr. Yang Jianli
Fellow, Harvard University, and President, Initiatives for China
Director, Asian Studies Center