Rising Stakes of Refugee Issues in China, Roundtable Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, May 1, 2009   [open pdf - 263KB]

This is the May 1, 2009 roundtable "Rising Stakes of Refugee Issues in China" held before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the opening statement of Toy Reid: "The focus of today's roundtable is an important one, not only because the issue of refugees is so often overlooked in conversations about China's growing role in the international system, but also because it provides a useful test case. What, if anything, does China's record with regard to fulfilling its obligations to refugees tell us about its general willingness to comply with international laws and norms? China has reaped substantial benefits from its integration into the international system and its power and influence within the system continue to rise. But questions remain regarding the strength and depth of China's commitment to key aspects of the international system and whether it will seek to reshape the system in ways that might modify or dilute longstanding norms and practices. For these and other reasons, the Commission is drawn to consider the question of whether China has made progress toward fulfilling its obligations to refugees under international law." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joel Charny, Suzanne Scholte, Mary Beth Markey, and Sean R. Roberts.

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