In Search of My Sister Screening

December 5, 2022

Victims of Communism Museum

900 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Filmed in over a dozen countries, “In Search of My Sister” is a story of an American Uyghur Activist whose sister is one of 1.8-3 million Uyghurs taken by the Chinese Communist Party. She embarks on a journey to create awareness and find clues to the whereabouts of her missing sister.

3:30pm

Reception

4:00pm

Welcome Remarks

  •  Kristina Olney, Director of Government Relations, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Opening Remarks

  •  Amb. Andrew Bremberg, President, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation   

4:10pm

Panel Discussion

  • Adrian Zenz, Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Jawad Mir, Director, In Search of My Sister
  • Rushan Abbas, Executive Director, Campaign for Uyghurs
  • Ovalbek Turdakun, Survivor of the Xinjiang internment camps

5:10pm

Film Screening

“In Search of My Sister” featuring Uyghur activist Rushan Abbas (80 minutes)

Screening concludes at 6:30pm

The China Forum

December 6, 2022

The Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8:30am

Coffee & Registration

9:00am

Welcome Remarks

  • Amb. Andrew Bremberg, President, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

9:05am

Uyghur Forced Labor and Prevention: New Trends in Coercive Labor and the Duties of Business

NOTE: This panel will adhere to Chatham House rules. The discussion will be off-the-record and will not be live streamed.

In June 2022 the United States banned the import of all goods linked to Xinjiang due to the region’s systematic, state-sponsored forced labor systems, through the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). Recently Xinjiang has embarked on a program to deepen the reach of forced labor through increased full employment requirements. Which goods and sectors can be implicated in forced labor? How has enactment of the UFLPA, and the enforcement measures applied to date, impacted US-China supply chains? Can the Act effectively contain the import of goods whose production is linked to Xinjiang, or are Chinese businesses successfully avoiding the ban? Can supply chain regulations catch up with the evidence? This panel will also address business due diligence issues such as how Xinjiang companies may be evading sanctions, supply chain risks related to intermediary countries especially in Asia, and how the business community is responding amid these developments. 

  • Irina Bukharin, Program Director for Human Security, Center for Advanced Defense Studies 
  • John Foote, Partner, Kelly Drye & Warren LLP 
  • Shelly Heald Han, Chief of Staff and Director of Engagement, Fair Labor Association
  • Virginia Wake, International Trade Specialist, Forced Labor Division, US Customs and Border Protection
  • Adrian Zenz, Director and Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (moderator and panelist)

BEGINNING OF PUBLIC LIVESTREAM

10:40am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (by video message)
  • Amb. Andrew Bremberg, President, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation 
  • Adrian Zenz, Director and Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

10:55am

Keynote Remarks

  • Daniel Tobin, China Studies Faculty, National Intelligence University  

11:20am

Entanglement and Dependencies: Addressing the Challenges of Economic Integration with China

Beijing has leveraged China’s economic power and integration with global markets to expand its global influence and reduce criticism of its human rights violations. Business relationships with China increasingly implicate rights-respecting countries and companies in Beijing’s human rights abuses, military modernization, and surveillance state. This panel will discuss the moral and strategic costs of doing business with China, the challenges of disentangling from problematic financial ties, and explore approaches toward strategic forms of decoupling from related entanglements.

  • Claire Chu, Senior Analyst, Janes Group
  • The Hon. Nazak Nikakhtar, Partner, Wiley Law 
  • Michael Sobolik, Fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies, American Foreign Policy Council 
  • Ana Swanson, Trade and International Economics Writer, New York Times (moderator)

12:40pm

Luncheon

1:40pm

Chains of Command: Beijing’s Policymaking on Xinjiang and the Direction of Ethnic Policy under Xi Jinping

Internal documents from the leaked “Xinjiang Papers” and hacked “Xinjiang Police Files” shed unprecedented new light on the nature, scale, and driving forces behind Beijing’s campaign of mass internment. This panel will discuss what the latest evidence reveals about Beijing’s increasingly draconian ethnic policies in particular in Xinjiang, including their genesis and development, their nature and intent, the extent of central government involvement, and their future direction under Xi Jinping. It will discuss the latest developments in ethnic policy for sensitive groups such as Uyghurs or Tibetans, and assess how unprecedented developments in Xinjiang may be influencing policies in other sensitive ethnic regions.

  • James Millward, Professor of Intersocietal History, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Sean Roberts, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University 
  • Suisheng Zhao, Professor and Director, Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 
  • Adrian Zenz, Director and Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (moderator and panelist) 

3:00pm

Interview and Q&A Session

  • Cai Xia, Editor-in-Chief, Yibao magazine 
  • Adrian Zenz, Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (interviewer)

3:30pm

Global Ambitions: Beijing’s Foreign Policy and Power Projection

Under Xi Jinping, Beijing’s foreign policy has taken a coercive turn, and its attempts to influence global norms and institutions in line with its global ambitions have become more overt. China’s economic coercion toward other countries, unprecedented military aggression towards Taiwan, and quiet backing of Putin’s land war Ukraine have amplified existing concerns over the ascending superpower’s role within the global community. What are the implications for international relations? What is needed to defend and strengthen a rules-based global order? This panel will assess China’s means of power projection and explore research-driven counter-strategies and responses.

  • Michael Auslin, Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Hoover Institution
  • Emily de La Bruyère, Co-Founder, Horizon Advisory
  • Russell Hsiao, Executive Director, Global Taiwan Institute 
  • Craig Singleton, China Program Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Amb. Andrew Bremberg, President, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (moderator) 

4:50pm

Closing Remarks

  • Amb. Andrew Bremberg, President, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Event Concludes at 5:00pm