China’s Power: Up for Debate



The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. To help make sense of the issue, ChinaPower hosted its inaugural conference on November 29, 2016. The conference featured a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power. The audience was polled for their opinion both before and after each debate. Polling results, debate descriptions, and conference video are posted below.

Opening Panel: Current trends in Chinese power and their implications for regional security.

No voting occurred for this panel.

Tom Christensen
William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War
Director China and the World Program, Princeton University

Zha Daojiong
Professor of International Political Economy, School of International Studies
Peking University


Proposition 1prop-1

For: Rear Admiral Mike McDevitt (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Center for Naval Analyses
Former Director of the East Asia Policy Office for Secretary of Defense
George H.W. Bush Administration

Against: Admiral Dennis Blair (Ret.)
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sasakawa USA Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence


Proposition 2prop-2

For: Aaron Friedberg
Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
Former Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs
Office of the Vice President of the United States

Against: Zhao Suisheng
Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary China


Proposition 3prop-3

FOR: David M. Lampton
Director of China Studies
Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Chairman, The Asia Foundation

AGAINST: Evan Feigenbaum
Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago
Nonresident Senior Associate, Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Proposition 4prop-4

For: Andy Xie
Director, China Boqi Environmental Science and Technology
Former Chief Asia-Pacific Economist, Morgan Stanley

Against: David Dollar
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development
John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution


Proposition 5prop-5

For: David Shambaugh
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Director, China Policy Program
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Against: Daniel A. Bell
Chair Professor, Schwarzman Scholar Program Tsinghua University


Keynote Speech

Senator Dan Sullivan
Committee on Armed Services
United States Senate

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