Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, December 1, 2004

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CONTACT:      Susan Stevenson, U.S. Consulate, Hong Kong , (852) 2841-2230
                        Ken Sheffer, The Heritage Foundation/Hong Kong, (852) 2522-2555


Chairman Hyde to Speak Thursday in Hong Kong
on China's Impact on International System and its Choice Between Democratic Cooperation and Authoritarian Nationalism


      (HONG KONG) - In prepared remarks scheduled for delivery Thursday in Hong Kong, U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) will address China's growing power in the international system and its enormous potential to reinforce or undermine global security.  Hyde will underscore that China's impact on the world will be determined largely by the nature of the political system that eventually evolves, with possibilities ranging from a benign democracy to an aggressively nationalistic authoritarian regime.  Although the Chinese leadership holds that China's continued modernization requires its monopoly on power, Taiwan's democratic example demonstrates that this claim is false.  As its legitimacy crumbles along with its communist ideology, the regime is facing a fundamental choice of direction regarding China's political evolution. Hong Kong provides the regime in Beijing with a safe laboratory for testing how political liberalization can be safely combined with continued modernization.  The success or failure of that test will signal to the world the likely course of China's evolution and its growing influence in the world. 

WHAT: Speech to The Heritage Foundation/Hong Kong by Congressman Henry J. Hyde entitled: China's Impact on the International System, Its Choice Between Democratic Cooperation and Authoritarian Nationalism, and the Role of Hong Kong

WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2004

WHERE: Nathan Room, Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong

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