The extent of China's economic miracle is now widely appreciated, as is the fact that it is certain to be a major global player in the 21st century. But the more China emerges into the world, the greater the strain there threatens to be between the views of its leadership and the international community, particularly in the field of human rights.
Brad Adams, director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division, and Bruce Gilley, Queen's University, Canada, will discuss Human Rights in the 21st Century: the case of China, in a public event at LSE on Tuesday 24 October.
The speakers will ask: Can China's attitudes be sustained in light of the demands of international human rights? Is the idea of human rights the same in China as in the rest of the world? Can a universalistic approach to human rights survive the emergence of a hostile world power or is it essential to both parties that common ground be forged between China and the human rights community?
Bruce Gilley is an assistant professor of political studies at Queen's University in Canada and author of China's Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead.
Brad Adams is the director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division
Professor Sarah Worthington, LSE, will chair this event.
Human Rights in the 21st Century: the case of China is on Tuesday 24 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 16 October 2006