13 March 2018
Pennsylvania State University
Katz Building Room 232
13 March 2018
10 AM – 12.30 P.M. U.S. East Coast Tome
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This Round Table brings together a group of scholars from China, Europe and the U.S. who will consider the further implications of the 19th CPC Congress more specifically in the context of the important objectives of developing Socialist Rule of Law and governance. That exploration implicates significant initiatives both internally and in the context of China’s growing external relations. Participants will consider the development of internal disciplinary systems, their rules and structures, as well as Chinese external initiatives–principally the One Belt One Road Initiative. The relevance of big data management, AI and algorithms will also be considered. Program HERE.
All are welcome to attend and participate either in person or through an interactive live streaming of the event. Participants will be afforded ample time for questions which may be submitted online or in person. Round Table information is posted below.
The Concept Note and Program follows.
Concept Note–Round Table on Socialist Rule of Law and Governance after the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress; 中国的法治与国家治理：国内外两个视角 2018年3月13日圆桌会议概念文件
This Round Table brings together a group of scholars form China, Europe and the U.S. who will consider the further implications of the 19th CPC Congress more specifically in the context of the important objectives of developing Socialist Rule of Law and governance. That exploration implicates significant initiatives both internally and in the context of China’s growing external relations. Participants will consider the development of internal disciplinary systems, their rules and structures, as well as Chinese external initiatives–principally the One Belt One Road Initiative. The relevance of big data management, AI and algorithms will also be considered.
In the Report to the 19th CPC Congress, Xi Jinping stressed the drivers of the project to continue to develop Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in China’s New Era of development. These consisted of a 13 part approach founded on a focus on ensuring CPC leadership over all work expressed through a number of objectives: commitment to a people centered approach, continuation of comprehensive system reform, adoption of a new vision for development, affirming the principle of popular sovereignty, commitment to the construction of system in which every dimension of governance is law-based, commitment to upholding core Socialist Values, improving living standards through development, promotion of harmony between people and nature, pursuit of a holistic approach to national security, commitment to CPC control of military forces, promotion of national reunification under the one country two systems principle, promotion of the building of a community with a shared future for humankind, and the exercise of full and rigorous governance over the CPC.
These suggest the nature and character of Chinese approaches to law and governance–with respect to its objectives, forms and scope. Three areas of reform stand out. The first touches on the reform of the institutional architecture of the state and the exercise of democratic governance through those institutions. These touch not only on the role of the CPC, but on its interactions with and the exercise of authority by the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (人民政协). The second touches on the nature of legality. This is understood both in its constitutional sense–arranging the organizing principles and jurisdictions of the political and administrative sectors of government in their representative capacity guided by the overarching normative program set out in the CPC’s Basic Line. But it also touches on the protection of the integrity of governance through enhanced anti-corruption efforts centered on the work of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The third touches on the coupling of these changes with macro-economic policy that focuses both on national development and on China’s place within global systems. In that sense, Chinese rule of law, development and governance systems are understood to be carried out to the world both in China’s bi-lateral relations and in defining China’s objectives in international forums.
This broad set of objectives and implications suggests the ambitious scope of reform envisioned in the 19th CPC Report. It also suggests the comprehensive approach to reform that the 19th CPC Report adopts. State, society, economics, politics, and culture are treated as an integrated whole the development of which is deeply integrated. It also suggests that within this comprehensive approach to development and reform the old categories of governance might be abandoned as well. The traditional techniques and modalities of public governance–law and administrative regulation–are to be enhanced with many of the methodologies of private governance. These include data driven algorithmically structured real time assessment mechanisms through which rewards and punishments may be allocated to create incentives toward behavior goals. These trends parallel similar Western reforms but with significant Chinese characteristics that are worthy of consideration in their own right.
Round Table participants will consider aspects of some or all of these important developments and together consider how these ideas will be manifested in Chinese legal, political and economic reform at home and abroad. This Round Table builds on our initial Round Table, The Implications of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, which we held shortly after the conclusion of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress.
All are welcome to attend and participate either in person or through an interactive live streaming of the event. Participants will be afforded ample time for questions which may be submitted online or in person. Round Table information is posted on the Conference Website.
会议将在2018年3月18日上午十点，宾夕法尼亚州立大学大学公园校区Lewis Katz Building 232 举办，欢迎大家亲身来到会场或者是通过现场直播和网上问答渠道参与我们讨论，具体的圆桌信息将发布在会议网站上。