The Congressional-Executive Commission on China was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000 "with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. The Commission consists of nine Senators, nine Members of the House of Representatives, and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President." (CECC About). The CECC FAQs provide useful information about the CECC. See CECC Frequently Asked Questions. They have developed positions on a number of issues (e.g., here).
CECC tends to serve as an excellent barometer of the thinking of political and academic elites in the United States about issues touching on China and the official American line developed in connection with those issues. CECC becomes an even more important barometer of coherence and fracture in policy approaches as the discipline of activities between the political parties and the President and Legislature fractures in new and dynamic ways. As such it is an important source of information about the way official and academic sectors think about China. As one can imagine many of the positions of the CECC are critical of current Chinese policies and institutions (see, e.g., (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).
The CECC has now turned its attention to a critical consideration of Chinese policies toward its autonomous regions, and its treatment of religion (in general) and religious minorities)specifically). That consideration is worthy in its own right, of course. To that end, the CECC program-Surveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis--looks specifically at Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The analysis, however, may tell us more about the state of U.S: politics than it might about the value and rectitude of Chinese efforts, judged either by international standards or in its own terms.
The CECC concept note for the hearings follows below along with links to access the the live stream of the hearings from Washington, D.C.
The Video of the Session may be accessed HERE. The Program and links to the written testimony of witnesses may be accessed below.
Ambassador Kelley E. Currie: Representative of the United States on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, United States Mission to the United Nations[ Full text of testimony ]
Anthony Christino III: Director of the Foreign Policy Division, Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce[ Full text of testimony ]
Gulchehra Hoja, Uyghur Service journalist, Radio Free Asia[ Full text of testimony ]
Rian Thum, Associate Professor, Loyola University New Orleans[ Full text of testimony ]
Jessica Batke, Senior Editor, ChinaFile and former Research Analyst at the Department of State[ Full text of testimony ]