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China, Global Companies, and Human Rights

China, Global Companies, and Human Rights

Update: 2021-12-13


The 2021 National Lawyers Convention took place November 11-13, 2021 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The topic of the conference was "Public and Private Power: Preserving Freedom or Preventing Harm?" This panel covered "China, Global Companies, and Human Rights."
This panel will explore a suite of issues related to global companies that do business in China and the implications for national security, human rights, and the rule of law. Panelists will explore how companies that have supply chains or otherwise are active in China weigh human rights concerns (e.g., in Xinjiang or Hong Kong) against market access, as well as consider the dilemma companies face when they find themselves caught in the crossfire between U.S. and allies' human rights sanctions (e.g., Global Magnitsky) and Chinese retaliatory sanctions. Do American companies feel an obligation, apart from any legal mandates, to act in ways that advance U.S. national security or foreign policy objectives? With senior policymakers intently focused on these and related issues, is the private sector giving them sufficient attention?

Amb. Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council; Former U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
Amb. Kelley Currie, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Mr. John S. Jenkins, Jr., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TE Connectivity
Dr. Kori Schake, Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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