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Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum


Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s
Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum
Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II  
Chairman, Defense Forum Foundation
Suzanne Scholte
President, Defense Forum Foundation
“Democracy for China: Opportunities Missed and Opportunities Ahead”
Dr. YANG Jianli
Founder, Initiatives for China / Citizen Power for China
WHEN:  Friday, June 17, 2016, 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm
WHERE: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill 
One of the world’s leading activists for Democracy in China, Dr. Yang is the founder of Initiatives for China, a.k.a. Citizen Power for China, an organization that promotes China’s peaceful transition to democracy.  A survivor of Tiananmen and co-author of the Constitution of a Federal Democratic China, Yang has been involved in the democracy movement since the 1980s.   He was imprisoned in China for 5 years for his support of the labor movement.  Among his many achievements: co-chairing the Committee on Internet Freedom at the Geneva Human Rights and Democracy Summit; representing Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, joining H.H. the Dalai Lama and four other delegates to attend Forum 2000 hosted by Vaclav Havel, and receiving the Outstanding Democracy Fighter Award, Morris Abram Human Rights Award, the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom, and Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Achievement Award.
SVP REQUIRED (acceptances only): to or by phone to 703-534-4313 by noon, Thursday, June 16th, to attend this forum.
COST: No charge to Members of Congress or Congressional Staff.  A $35 fee is requested from all others to help cover lunch cost & must be received prior to event at DFF, 3014 Castle Road, Falls Church VA, 22044.
*DFF’s Defense and Foreign Policy Forums were established in 1983 to provide Congressional staff the opportunity to hear from expert speakers in a nonpartisan, collegial atmosphere on important issues facing the United States and her allies.
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