Democratic Developments in Asia: 
Implications of the Hong Kong Demonstrations for Cross-Straits Relations

A discussion with:
Mr. Christopher K. Johnson
Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Dr. Sophie Richardson
China Director
Human Rights Watch

Mr. Alan D. Romberg
Distinguished Fellow and Director, East Asia Program
Stimson Center

Moderated by:
Mr. David Wertime 
Senior Editor, Tea Leaf Nation
Foreign Policy

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Please join the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 9th, at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters for a discussion on broader democratic developments in Asia. Our featured discussants will include with Mr. Christopher K. Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director of the Human Rights Watch, and Mr. Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the East Asia Program of the Stimson Center.

As the two-month anniversary of the Hong Kong protests approaches, fractures between protests leaders and splinter groups are starting to deepen. The protests initially started due to the Chinese government’s decision on proposed electoral reform. These protests had played a significant role to raise the political consciousness in Hong Kong and call for greater political freedoms. It is crucial to examine the implications of these demonstrations to Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. The panelists will discuss the implications of the Hong Kong demonstrations to Taiwan’s future with China, how China should rethink its policies and relationships with Hong Kong and Taiwan, and Chinese civil society and rights.

This Atlantic Council event is part of the Cross-Straits Series of the Brent Scowcroft Center's Asia Security Initiative, which examines strategic and current affairs surrounding cross-straits relations.


December 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor
West Tower Elevator
Washington, DC

This event is open to press and on-the-record.