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Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs

Abstract

Testimony focuses on the questions below. 1. What is the current state of the social contract between the CCP and the Chinese populace? What do Chinese citizens expect from the CCP, and how satisfied are they with the CCP’s performance? How have these views changed over time? 2. Please address the impact on regime legitimacy of the CCP’s ability to achieve the key economic development goals it has set for itself this year, such as achieving a “moderately prosperous society in all respects.” What other forms of legitimacy underpin societal perceptions of the CCP and what forms of legitimacy is the CCP prioritizing? 3. How secure do top Chinese leaders view their regime as being, and what means have Beijing employed to maintain or increase its security? How effectively do they believe they have addressed endemic corruption and overcoming vested interests? 4. How does China’s domestic governance affect its external behavior, and is increasing emphasis on ideology in domestic governance changing its foreign policy? 5. Do you see 2020 as an inflection point in Chinese leaders’ worldview? If not, what are other defining moments shaping their current approach? 6. The Commission is mandated to make policy recommendations to Congress based on its hearings and other research. What are your recommendations for Congressional action related to the topic of your testimony?

Citation

Saich, Anthony. "Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission: Year in Review." U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, September 9, 2020.