Video: OPC Panel on China’s Crackdown

On May 18, the OPC hosted a panel discussion to consider how far Chines President Xi Jinping will go in taking steps against not only corrupt members of the Communist Party, but also against all elements of a civil society. Panel members also discussed the implications for U.S.-China relations.

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Moderator: William J. Holstein, OPC Foundation president and former China correspondent. He is also editor of the OPC book, Has the American Media Misjudged China? (January 2015)


  • Kathleen McLaughlin, who is just completing a Knight Journalism fellowship at MIT and returning to Beijing as correspondent for Science magazine. She previously reported from China for The Economist, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed and is head of the media freedoms committee for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China.
  • Sarah Cook, senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House; author of The Politburo’s Predicament: Confronting the Limitations of Chinese Communist Party Repression. (January 2015)
  • Ying Zhu, professor of media culture at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, an expert on the Chinese media and cultural institutions.
  • Jerome A. Cohen, professor at New York University School of Law and co-director of its U.S.-Asia Law Institute. He is a leading expert on the Chinese legal system.