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March 5,  2014, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

TECH COMPANIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA: MUTUAL CHALLENGES, COMMON SOLUTIONS

The Panel Room

Mr. Paul Mooney, Journalist, Chinese Democracy Education Foundation (Moderator) 

Participants: 
Professor Xia Yeliang, Visiting Fellow, Cato Institute 
Ms. Zhao Xiunan, Chinese Democracy Education Foundation 
Dr. Feng Congde, Co-Founder, Tiananmen Academy 
Dr. George Ren, Former Technical Director & Principle Architect Huawei-Symantec Corp

(Panel) Description: As China's human rights situation deteriorates, many US tech companies are having difficulties in China or even denied entry because of censorship. We have reasons to believe changes are coming, and an accessible Chinese market free of censorship may mean enormous opportunities. However, passively waiting for the liberalization of China is not an adequate preparation. Risks are high that US tech companies may stand little chance to occupy the commanding heights of the market in a free China. This panel will discuss business risks and human rights challenges, and propose solutions and strategies to create win-win relations between tech companies and human rights causes leading to tech companies’ accelerated entry into the Chinese market.

 

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