Countering the CCP in a New Era: Our Joint Strategy in Light of Election 2020 and COVID-19

Organized by Citizen Power Initiatives for China, Sponsored by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Closed Door Online Conference
November 18, 2020

8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Washington, DC.)
9:00 pm – 4:00 am (Beijing / Taipei)
10:00 pm – 5:00 am (Tokyo)
6:30 pm – 1:30 am (New Delhi)
12:00 am – 7:00 am (Sydney/Nov. 19)

Featured Speakers

Rep. Ngodup Tsering

Hon. Ngodup Tsering is the Representative of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to North America. Rep. Ngodup Tsering was appointed in December of 2017, and has played a pivotal role in representing the CTA. He is an alumnus of Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was also a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Senator Blackburn was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018, and is currently serving her first term representing the state of Tennessee. Before her election to the Senate, Marsha represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

Senator Blackburn servers on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, Veteran’s Affairs Committee, and the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith is a world-recognized champion of human rights. He serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is a Ranking Member of Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee. He is the Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Ranking Member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and also serves as “Special Representative” for the OSCE Parliamentary AssemblyHe is the recipient of the 2015 Citizen Power Award

Congressman Ted Yoho

Congressman Ted Yoho represents North Central Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. He was elected to the 113th Congress in November 2012, and won re-election for his fourth term in the 116th Congress. He servers as a ranking member of Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is also a member of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance. 

Hon. Irwin Cotler

Professor Irwin Cotler is the Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and longtime Member of Parliament, and an international human rights lawyer. 

Commissioner Nury Turkel

Mr. Nury Turkel is a Commissioner to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is the first U.S.-educated Uyghur-American lawyer and human rights advocate. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), which he co-founded in 2003. He also served as the president of the Uyghur American Association, where he led efforts to raise the profile of the Uyghur people in the United States

Hon. Michael Danby

Hon. Michael Danby is a former Member of Parliament of Australia. In December of 2018, Mr. Danby introduced the Australian Magnisty Act. He also served as the Parliamentary Secretary of the Australian Labor Party. Mr. Danby was previously Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts, Chairperson of the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade, as well as the Joint Standing Committee on Migration. 

Dr. Jianli Yang

Dr. Jianli YANG is the president and founder of Citizen Power Initiatives for China. He is a survivor of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. He later earned Ph.D. of Mathematics from U.C. Berkerley and Ph.D. of Political Economics from Harvard JFK School of Government. He served 5 years (2002-2007) as a prisoner of conscience in China after returning to China to observe the labor unrest. He founded Citizen Power Initiatives for China after he was released from China and returned to the United States.

Mr. Christopher Walker

Mr. Christopher Walker is Vice President for Studies and Analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). In this capacity, he oversees the department responsible for NED’s multifaceted analytical work. He is an expert on authoritarian regimes, and has been at the forefront of the discussion on authoritarian influence on open systems, including through what he terms “sharp power.”  He is co-editor of the edited volume Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy, and co-editor of the report Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence.

Dr. Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy

Dr. Zsuzsa Ferenzy is an affiliated scholar at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is also a China and Korean Peninsula consultant at Human Rights Without Frontiers and was a political advisor at the European Parliament, Brussels (2008–2020). Dr. Ferenzy is also the author of the book “Europe, China, and the Limits of Normative Power 

Mr. Eric B. Brown

Mr. Eric Brown is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he studies Asian and Middle East affairs, international security and development, alternative geopolitical futures, and U.S. diplomacy and strategy. He is also the editor, with Hillel Fradkin and Husain Haqqani, of the review Current Trends in Islamist Ideology. In recent years, his work has focused on the contest over order in West Asia, the geo-strategic ramifications of growing Trans-Asian connectivity, coping with state fragility, and U.S. security strategy.

Prof. Tomoko Ako

Prof. Tomoko Ako is a Professor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include the empowerment of socially vulnerable people such as
migrant workers, HIV/AIDS positives, women, elderly people and children, with a particular focus on China. Recently she has been involved in research projects on civil society and social media, and has interviewed a wide range of Chinese public intellectuals, human rights lawyers, and journalists.

Mr. Benedict Rogers

Mr. Benedict Rogers is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Watch. Ben launched Hong Kong Watch, together with other co-founders, in Speaker’s House in the British Parliament on 10 December 2017, just two months after he was denied entry to Hong Kong on the orders of Beijing. Before joining Hong Kong Watch as the Chief Executive in September 2020, Ben was the East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organization CSW, where he specialized in Myanmar, Indonesia, North Korea, and China.

Dr. Lianchao Han

Dr. Lianchao Han is the VP of Citizen Power Initiatives for China. After graduating from law school in China, he worked in the Chinese Foreign Ministry. After the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Dr. Han co-founded and served as the first VP of the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars. He worked in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, serving as legislative counsel and policy director for three U.S. Senators. Dr. Han is an expert on China’s economic and political development. Dr. Han holds graduate degrees from China Foreign Affairs University, Yale University, George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University. 

Mr. Brian O’Shea

Brian O’Shea is the CEO and Senior Investigator at Striker Pierce. Executive VP & COO at Centurion Intelligence Partners. Brian’s specialties include M&A/Exit Strategies and Information Protection for Investment Clients. Additionally, Brian assists companies in protecting their information, especially during deals, from competitive intelligence collection as well as information loss through nefarious means.

Brian has spent over 20 years in the field of investigations and intelligence working first in military intelligence for two Special Forces groups and then for two different government agencies.

Mr. Atul Aneja

Atul Aneja is an international journalist and commentator. He is the former Strategic Affairs Editor of The Hindu newspaper. Atul was previously Associate Editor (China), posted in Beijing. 

Atul specializes in geopolitics and international security with a focus on China, Eurasia, and West Asia. He has an M.Phil degree in International Relations from the School of West Asian and African Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Ms. Keely Sage

Keely Sage is serving her second term as the President of Tennessee College Democrats. She currently is a senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she is pursing a degree in Biosystems Engineering.  She was featured in the 2020 DNC Roll Call across America as the delegate delivering Tennessee’s Presidential nominating votes.

Ms. Courtney H. Britt

Courtney Hope Britt is the Southern Regional Vice Chair for the College Republican National Committee. She has worked for state and federal campaigns, the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus and the Republican Party of Virginia’s General Counsel. A Richmond, Virginia native, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 with a degree in philosophy and French and from the University of Richmond in 2020 with her Juris Doctor degree.

Mr. Rory O'Connor

Rory O’Connor is President and Chairman of the Athenai Institute. As a college freshman, he helped organize student support for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. He has previously worked in Senator Chris Coons office, and led the effort behind the Washington Appeal.

A Brief Introduction to InterEthnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference

The InterEthnic/Interfaith Leadership Conferences, founded by Dr. YANG Jianli, president of Citizen Power Initiatives, with guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, began in 2000. The 2020 assembly will be the 15th in the series. Past Conferences have been held in locations throughout the world, including Boston, Washington, D.C., California, Taipei, Dharamsala, India and Tokyo, Japan.

The Conference Series seeks to advance mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation among the diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and regional groups directly involved with the People’s Republic of China. It also aims to explore universal values and the common ground supporting a united front to advance democracy and human rights for all. The broadly defined ethnic, faith and regional groups represented in the Conference include Han Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, Muslims, Buddhists, People from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. As Dr. YANG Jianli said in his opening speech of the initial Conference on Oct. 2, 2000, “It is the first time in history that leaders from these ethnic, religious, and regional groups have come together without coercion, to stand up together for justice, liberty and love without fear and hesitation.”

In the past 19 years, the Conference Series has involved more than 1,300 young leaders from these groups, world leaders, scholars, human rights activists and NGO heads. Participants have been committed to embracing human rights as a universal value. They have united as one in the vision for a democratic future and have shown commitment to nonviolence. They have been committed to maintaining close communication, exercising tolerance and forgiveness toward each other, eliminating hatred, resentment and misunderstanding, pursuing truth, accomplishing reconciliation and loving one another. The Conference has provided a critical counterweight to the “divide and conquer” strategy of the CCP and seeks to empower young leaders to use the tools and strategies of nonviolent resistance, social media techniques, and unified citizen power in international advocacy. These Conferences are based on the belief that only the diverse peoples themselves, through “citizen power,” can bring about a democratic change needed in China, but that the international community also has an important supportive role to play. To this end, we promote and implement programs that educate, empower and unify the peoples directly involved with China and connect them with freedom advocates around the world. Through the cooperative spirit of these assemblies and the work on joint projects and campaigns in between the conferences, a strong coalition has been forged among these ethnic, religious and regional groups. The Conference has become the single most important united forum for planning and pursuing a peaceful transition to democracy in China.