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Beijing's Failing Grades: The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission's 2006 Annual Report and Its Impact on How Congress Sees China

Recorded on November 21, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

As Capitol Hill comes under new management with the control of both houses of Congress changing to the Democrats in January, there is a growing bipartisan consensus that America faces serious problems with China's "rise." That concern is reflected in the latest draft 2006 Annual Report of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) which noted that "China's influence is growing as its wealth and power increase, and there remain many reasons to hope that China might in some future stand as a pillar of the international community, but its behavior is as yet far from meeting that standard." The USCC was especially unsettled by Beijing's continued disregard for the pillars of international stability: nonproliferation, rules-based global trade and human rights. Its 2006 Annual Report will be formally submitted to Congress on November 16. Four USCC Commissioners will join us on November 21 for a discussion of the report and its impact on Congressional perspectives on China.