Monday, January 29, 2018 | 6:00 PM EST - 8:00 PM EST

Asia Society | 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

More than a year since two major civil society laws were enacted in China, the environment for domestic and foreign civil society actors is undergoing a major shift. The National Committee, in collaboration with ChinaFile, convened a panel to address a number of outstanding questions about what is happening on the ground in China now. Discussion topics included: What are the key trends and challenges in Chinese civil society? How are domestic and international non-profits faring in the new environment? What are the implications for China-U.S. cooperation? For Chinese foreign and domestic policy? For foreign NGOs hoping to work in China?

Speaker Bios:

Wang Yongmei is a lawyer at Beijing Huayi Law Firm where she focuses on public interest law. Before joining the law firm in 2016, she was a program manager and senior legal officer in PILnet’s Beijing office for four years. She was responsible for working with PILnet’s partners to design and implement projects and provide advice and trainings. Prior to PILnet, Wang Yongmei worked at China Law Development Consultants (CLD) as a program officer for more than three years. She is a licensed Chinese lawyer and previously worked for domestic and international law firms for more than six years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law from Xiamen University and her master’s degree in maritime law from Nottingham University (U.K.). She is currently a Humphrey fellow at American University in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center director, Dr. Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program, and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.

Jessica Batke (moderator) is a ChinaFile senior editor and head of The China NGO Project. She is an expert on China’s domestic political and social affairs, having served as a State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research analyst for nearly eight years. She is fluent in Mandarin.