China and US-China relations in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 4


Jeff Falk

China and US-China relations in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 4

HOUSTON – (Oct. 28, 2019) – A panel of experts will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 4 to examine the current state of reforms in China and U.S.-China relations.

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The event is hosted by the Baker Institute’s China Studies Program. The cost of attendance is $10 for the public. Registration is at

Who: Panelists Ka-Kin Cheuk, the Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies; Carrie Liu Currier, associate professor of political science and director of the Asian Studies Program at Texas Christian University; and Daniel Katz, nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute’s China Studies Program.

Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute and professor in the practice and associate director of the Chao Center, will serve as moderator. 

What: An event titled “Political Reform in China.”

When: Monday, Nov. 4, 4-6 p.m. A reception will be held at 6.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

The Chinese Communist Party and General Secretary Xi Jinping face unparalleled challenges as the party approaches its 100th anniversary in 2021, according to event organizers. Deng Xiaoping’s legacy and his promise to Hong Kong residents to maintain “one country, two systems” are now threatened by persistent protests against leaders selected by Beijing.

In Xinjiang, the suppression of Islam and ethnic Uyghurs builds upon decades of domination of Tibetan Buddhists and other minority religious populations and allows Xi new opportunities to centralize control over the Chinese state, organizers said. Meanwhile, China’s once relatively amicable relationship with the U.S. has deteriorated into an unpredictable trade war that threatens to end the free flow of people, ideas, capital and technology between the world’s two largest markets.

A live webcast will be available at the event page,

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.