China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
As China’s leader Xi Jinping touts the “China dream” of the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” both Hong Kong and Taiwan are feeling the heat. On the one hand, the PRC is mounting pressures on the Taiwan government led by President Tsai Ing-wen to accept the proposition that Taiwan is part of China. On the other, it is silencing voices in Hong Kong who continue to demand political freedoms and the fulfillment of “One Country, Two Systems.” Does law, including international law, have any role to play in addressing the rising tensions within “Greater China”? Is law itself a source of disputes and tensions in view of the many differences among the three jurisdictions concerning the theory and practice of the rule of law? How do Hong Kong and Taiwan use law to settle their disagreements with China? And how does China approach legal problems in order to achieve its critical political agendas in these jurisdictions? This panel combines the expertise of scholars who also have practical legal experience in these three jurisdictions. They share an interest in understanding China’s attitudes towards law and how law can better respond to the emergent challenges posed by Beijing’s expanding power.