Intelligence Squared Asia - China Picks Better Leaders than the West

Rm S221, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 6:30-8:00pm

"China Picks Better Leaders than the West"




Predebate Vote: 14% For, 45% Against, 41% Undecided

Postdebate Vote: 28% For, 65% Against, 7% Undecided

Intelligence Squared Debate in Hong Kong: “China Picks Better Leaders than the West”


Intelligence Squared, the premier international forum for live debate, presents the motion: "China Picks Better Leaders than the West."  The event  will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday, 29 October 2012.


With the once-in-a-decade change of power in Beijing, a U.S. election on the horizon and political and economic systems in turmoil elsewhere, the debate urgently explores the issues around global leadership today.

Closer to home, the 15th year after the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty has witnessed hundreds of thousands take to the streets in protest.  Are mainland China and its systems to be embraced? Or feared?

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The debate in Hong Kong forms part of a global Intelligence Squared triathlon on competing forms of leadership that started in Shanghai and will culminate in London (



SHANGHAI - 17 August 2012

"A World in Crisis, Time to Rethink the China Model"


LONDON - 20 November 2012

"Western Liberal Democracy Would Be Bad for China"



On 20-23 August, UK-based charity Debate Mate, supported by Intelligence Squared and sponsored by Deutsche Bank, successfully hosted a four-day workshop in Hong Kong for a group of the city's disadvantaged students. 



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Intelligence Squared announces a new speaker for the motion: Daniel Fung - Specialist in China-US relations, Senior Counsel and Hong Kong Solicitor General from 1994 to 1998. Due to a change in her travel schedule, Regina Ip regrets that she cannot be in Hong Kong for the 29 October debate.


For the Motion

Daniel A. Bell
Daniel A. Bell
Tsinghua University Confucian philosopher and scholar
Daniel Fung
Daniel Fung
Specialist in China-US relations, senior counsel and Hong Kong Solicitor General from 1994 to 1998


Louisa Lim
Louisa Lim
Beijing correspondent for US broadcaster, National Public Radio

Against the Motion

Kenneth Lieberthal
Kenneth Lieberthal
Brookings Institution fellow and Asia adviser at the US National Security Council during the presidency of Bill Clinton
Ronny Tong Ka-wah
Ronny Tong Ka-wah
Hong Kong Senior Counsel, legislator and Civic Party Executive Committee member
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