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    A U.S.-China Subnational Symposium was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, April 23-24, 2019, organized jointly by the National Committee, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Michigan-China Innovation Center. The first in an expected ongoing series of similar meetings, the symposium brought together over 30 officials from 25 U.S. states who work on China issues in the areas of trade and investment, education, culture, agriculture, and development. In this time of heightened tensions in the U.S.-China relationship, the symposium sought to educate, foster coordination, and develop best practices among participants.

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    What does the future hold for Hong Kong? Will it become just another Chinese city that makes up the Greater Bay Area? The speakers, who have been tracking issues relating to higher education, journalism, protest, and the arts, address Hong Kong's future under Chinese rule.

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    Bin Xu discusses his new book and civic engagement following the Sichuan earthquake. 

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    Wang Yongmei and Anthony Saich discuss the current environment for domestic and foreign NGOs in China.

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    Mary Gallagher discusses her book and recent developments in China's Labor laws.

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    Dr. Cheng Li discusses his new book on the growing importance of Chinese think tanks. 

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    Dr. Qin Gao and Dr. Mark Frazier discuss the development and expansion of China's social welfare system, the dibao, as well as its policy implications for China and other countries.

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    Dr. Richard C. Bush discusses the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and what it means for the United States and China.

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    Aaron Halegua discusses his new report on the legal challenges facing Chinese workers.

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    Former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger reflect on the evolution of Sino-American relations and offer their views on the future of the relationship.

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    Historians Jeremy Brown and Matthew Johnson reevaluate the history of Maoism and its impact on Chinese society. 

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    Author and journalist Mei Fong discusses the origins of the one child policy and its unintended consequences.

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    China's management of urbanization is an under-appreciated factor in the regime's longevity. The Chinese Communist Party fears the emergence of highly unequal megacities with their attendant slums and social unrest, as has occurred in many cities around the world, because such cities might threaten the survival of the regime.

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    Zhou Dan discusses LGBT rights in China in an off-the-record roundtable discussion.

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    Carl Minzner, professor at the Fordham University School of Law. discusses the Fourth Plenum and its implications for the development of China's legal system and governance.

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