9:15 A.M.: Registration
9:30 A.M.: Introduction – Glen E. Howard President, The Jamestown Foundation
9:40 A.M.: Opening Remarks – Ambassador James R. Lilley Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
9:55 A.M.: Presentation – Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam Senior Fellow, The Jamestown Foundation
10:55 A.M.: Discussant – Dr. Maochun Yu Professor, U.S. Naval Academy
11:25 A.M.: Questions and Answers
Biography Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam is a Hong Kong-based veteran Sinologist with more than 30 years of experience. In addition to serving as a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, he is also a freelance journalist in Hong Kong as well as a Professor of China and Global Studies at Akita International University in Japan. Dr. Lam was the Senior China Analyst at CNN’s Asia-Pacific Headquarters from 2000 to 2004, China Editor at South China Morning Post from 1989 to 2000 and Beijing Correspondent for Asiaweek magazine from 1986 to 1989. He holds an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in political economy from Wuhan University. Dr. Lam is the author of five books, the most recent is Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era: New Leaders, New Challenges (M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2006). Ambassador James R. Lilley is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Ambassador Lilley was the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan from 1981 to 1984. He was also the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 1986 to 1989 and to the People’s Republic of China from 1989 to 1991. Prior to Ambassador Lilley’s career with the State Department, he worked for the CIA for twenty-five years in Laos, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ambassador Lilley holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.A. in International Relations from George Washington University. Ambassador Lilley has studied Chinese Classics at Hong Kong University and Columbia University. In 2004 Ambassador Lilley published a memoir, China Hands (Public Affairs Books, 2004), which deals with his early exposure to Asia, living in China with his family, and his professional career. Dr. Maochun Yu is a Professor of East Asia and Military History at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Yu holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (1994), a M.A. from Swarthmore College (1987) and a B.A. from Nankai University (1983). Dr. Yu is the author of OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War (Yale University Press, 1997) and numerous articles on the military and intelligence history of World War II and the Cold War.
Background China is at a pivotal crossroads as it faces unprecedented internal and external challenges in the year 2008. From Tibet to Xinjiang, Beijing faces the exacerbation of what it considers "splittist conspiracies" emanating from these regions, which has spurred the world community to express support for the idea of boycotting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. These issues combined with growing income and spatial disparities threaten to destabilize China and undermine President Hu Jintao’s oft-stated goal of creating a "harmonious society." Meanwhile, President-Elect Ma Ying-jeoh’s landslide victory in Taiwan’s March presidential election has opened a window of opportunity for renewed cross-Strait dialogue as Beijing contends with the new dynamism that Ma brings to cross-Strait relations, particularly as China’s fourth-generation leadership prepares to hand over power to Fifth-Generation cadres. Please join us for a full discussion of these issues and other topics by two leading experts on China.
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