Who can free China?

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society will discuss the future of China’s political and economic system.

Xi Jinping has cleared away the constitutional obstacles to becoming China’s leader-for-life, but does he face strong internal opposition to his ambitions? Has he over-reached domestically and internationally? Is the regime he leads outwardly strong, but inwardly weak?  Are the negative consequences of economic reform without political liberalisation coming home to roost? Are America and its allies awakening to a real China threat? Can they use their economic power to help those Chinese who want a free China to achieve it? Our speakers will address these questions, and set out their views on how the liberal democracies should deal with the Communist Party of China.


Roger Garside is the author of China Coup: The Great Leap to Freedom, published by UCP in May 2021, which predicts the end of totalitarian rule in China, and shows how this may happen.  He is a former diplomat who served in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, and again 1976-9, when Mao died and Deng launched the Reform Era. He then wrote the highly acclaimed Coming Alive: China After Mao.

Tim Loughton has held various positions during his time in Parliament.  He was Shadow Minister for Environment from 2000, Shadow Minister for Health and Children from 2001 (3) during the Conservative Party’s time in opposition. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Children and Families following the 2010 General Election until 2012 leading on several areas of successful reform in child protection, child sexual exploitation and adoption in particular.

Luke de Pulford is Co-founder and Director of the Arise Foundation, which confronts human trafficking and modern slavery. Much of his professional work has focused on the UK Parliament where he is well known for his campaigning work in defence of human dignity. He coordinates the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, advises the World Uyghur Congress and is a Commissioner for the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission. In 2019 he co-founded the Coalition for Genocide Response to help states fulfil their treaty obligations to prevent mass atrocities.

Sam Armstrong is responsible for leading the Society’s media work and he acts as the first point of contact for journalists. While at HJS, Sam has authored or co-authored three reports on the issue of the People’s Republic of China. These were Coronavirus Compensation?Breaking the China Supply Chain, and Brain Drain.

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