On October 24, the Committee of 100 in partnership with the China Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) convened China Policy Debate: Democratic & Republican Presidential Race 2012. This was the only China policy-focused debate endorsed by both presidential campaigns.
Approximately 380 attendees from academia, business, government, non-profits, think tanks, and the U.S. and foreign diplomatic corps filled Kenney Auditorium to standing-room capacity. The live-streamed debate reached global audiences from Seattle to Shanghai with interactive inputs from the Twittersphere and blogosphere. The debate was also seen live on C-SPAN, amassing over 400 online viewers to date. On Twitter, Michael D. Mosettig (@mikemosettig), Senior Producer for Foreign Affairs and Defense at the PBS NewsHour, expressed a widespread opinion: “. . . Full house for #Chinadebate2012. . .More differences on rhetoric than policy.”
C-100 members in attendance were Bob Gee, Cheng Li, and Jeremy Wu. C-100 Director of Public Relations An Ping coordinated event coverage by forty U.S. and international television and print media, including AFP, Washington Post, New York Times, World Journal, Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, Asahi Shimbun, and Kyoto News. C-100 staff Mercy Kuo, Michael Jee, and Joseph Lin executed event logistics. A transcript of the debate with key highlights will be forthcoming—check the C-100 website for updates.