Thursday, September 26

10:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Hart Senate Office Building, Central Hearing Room (216)
120 Constitution Avenue NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Open to the public, registration required.
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Holding Human Rights Abusers Accountable
The Global Magnitsky Act represented the greatest leap forward in the international human rights regime since the Helsinki Accords as it empowered free governments to sanction individuals responsible for human rights abuses. The free world appears to be on the verge of taking the next step, which is to target private companies whose support of governmental actions makes the abuses possible. This panel will be a conversation on the risks run by U.S. and Chinese businesses providing material support for China’s human rights abuses.
  • Kyle Bass, Hayman Capital Management, Founder and CIO
  • Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management, Founder and CEO
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch Keynote
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Edges of the Empire
Once China, always China. The Chinese Communist Party is an expansionist power that seeks to control every area that has ever been subject to China’s historical imperial rule. Its view of “Greater China” inevitably clashes with the legitimate desires of other peoples to determine their own economic, political, and cultural destinies. This panel addressed the CCP’s actions in the periphery of “Greater China” and how these actions are assessed.
  • Ian Easton, Project 2049 Institute, Research Fellow
  • Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Hong Kong politician and activist
  • Matteo Mecacci, International Campaign for Tibet, President
  • Adrian Zenz, Ph.D., European School of Culture and Theology, Professor
  • Kristina Olney, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Director of Government Relations, (moderator)
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
China's Foreign Policy Ambitions

This panel is generously sponsored by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

The South China Sea; One Belt, One Road; Africa; Latin America: the Chinese Communist Party has ambitions to restructure the international system, including in its political, economic, and security dimensions. This panel will outline the party’s aggressive global ambitions and evaluate Beijing’s signature policy initiative for achieving them.
  • Panos Mourdoukoutas, Ph.D., LIU Post, Professor and Chair of Department of Economics
  • Carlos Ponce, Ph.D., Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Director of Latin American Programs
  • Derek Scissors, Ph.D., American Enterprise Institute, Resident Fellow
  • Dan Tobin, National Intelligence University, China Studies Faculty
  • Murray Bessette, Ph.D., Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Director of Academic Programs (moderator)

Friday, September 27

Private Forum
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
By invitation or sponsorship only.
Confirmed registration required for attendance.
Off the record.