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Dr. Kluver Testifies in Congressional Hearing

- Released on Jun 18, 2008

Dr. Randy Kluver, director of the Institute for Pacific Asia and the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, was invited to testify in the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) public hearings on Wednesday June 18. The topic of discussion is related to Chinese media, which is Kluver’s area of research expertise. Kluver also serves as a research professor in the Department of Communication. The hearing on media control seeked to examine the ways in which media censorship and restrictions on publicly-available information within China can affect the economic, diplomatic, and security relationships between China and the United States. Kluver was scheduled to testify in this hearing on the topic of information control and media influence associated with the Olympics. Some of the other panelists on the June 18 hearing were Mr. Xiao Qiang, Director of the China Internet Project at the University of California-Berkeley; Dr. Ronald J. Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab-Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, Principal Investigator for the OpenNet Initiative; Dr. Peter Gries, Harold J. & Ruth Newman Chair in US-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma; Dr. Perry Link, Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University; and Mr. Charles Freeman, Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Kluver gave an oral presentation of his views on the effect that the preparations for the Olympics have had on press freedom, and if the Chinese government has honored pledges of media freedom made earlier. He was also giving his policy recommendations for the U.S. government in regard to these issues. Both the hearing transcript, including the oral presentations and dialogue with Commissioners, and the prepared (written) statements will be made a part of the hearing record that will be posted on the Commissioner’s website ( where it will be available to members of the Congress and their staff and to the public. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by statute in October 2000 by the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act to monitor, investigate, and submit to congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The official press release and a detailed schedule of the hearings is available at the USCC website. Contacts: Dr. Randy Kluver / Carmen Suen (979-845-3099)