Monday, November 24, 2014



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Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

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New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)




The ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong have focused global attention on Hong Kong’s debate over the future of its political system. This hearing will examine China’s commitments to Hong Kong and the international community in light of the recent pro-democracy protests. Will an increasingly polarized Hong Kong be able to find a mutually acceptable plan for electoral reform? How will the protests continue to shape the debate? And what do the protests mean for the future of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and China?


Opening Statements

Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman

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Representative Christopher Smith, Cochairman

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The Rt. Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes CH: 28th Governor of Hong Kong, 1992-1997; Chancellor, University of Oxford. (Appearing live via video teleconference)

Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Ph.D.: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D.: Global Politics and Security Chair, Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, Georgetown University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations; incoming President, Freedom House

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Richard C. Bush, Ph.D.: Senior Fellow; Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies; Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, The Brookings Institution

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