Who Can Free China?

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Who Can Free China?

1st December 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Xi Jinping has cleared away the constitutional obstacles to becoming China’s leader-for-life, but does he face strong internal opposition to his ambitions? Has he over-reached domestically and internationally? Is the regime he leads outwardly strong, but inwardly weak?  Are the negative consequences of economic reform without political liberalisation coming home to roost? Are America and its allies awakening to a real China threat? Can they use their economic power to help those Chinese who want a free China to achieve it? Our speakers will address these questions, and set out their views on how the liberal democracies should deal with the Communist Party of China.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to welcome you to join the discussion on the future of China’s political and economic system.


Roger Garside is the author of China Coup: The Great Leap to Freedom, published by UCP in May 2021, which predicts the end of totalitarian rule in China, and shows how this may happen.  He is a former diplomat who served in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, and again 1976-9, when Mao died and Deng launched the Reform Era. He then wrote the highly acclaimed Coming Alive: China After Mao.

Apart from twenty years in diplomacy, he has worked in the World Bank and the London Stock Exchange, was a Professor of China Studies at the US Navy Post-Graduate School, and spent ten years running his own company advising countries in transition from state socialism to the market economy on the development of their capital markets, including Russia, Hungary and Vietnam.

His experience on the frontline of radical change in emerging markets and developed economies has equipped to comment on financial and economic as well as political issues. He has broadcast for the BBC World Service and the BBC Chinese Service, reviewed China books for the Economist, the Spectator, Prospect and China Rights Forum, and contributed op-eds to leading daily and weekly publications.



Tim Loughton has held various positions during his time in Parliament.  He was Shadow Minister for Environment from 2000, Shadow Minister for Health and Children from 2001 (3) during the Conservative Party’s time in opposition. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Children and Families following the 2010 General Election until 2012 leading on several areas of successful reform in child protection, child sexual exploitation and adoption in particular.

From the backbenches, he continues to work vigorously in support of improving the life chances of children and young people and making sure their voices are heard in Parliament. Tim chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Conception to Age 2 (first 1001 days) which is undertaking important work to improve Government’s work in peri-natal mental health and strong attachment for young children. He sits on the influential Home Affairs Select Committee. Tim chairs a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups covering a wide range of issues, such as Tibet, Archaeology, The British Museum, Armenia and Yemen, as well as co-chairs the APPG for Mindfulness and APPG for Children. Tim was also elected as Vice Chair of the All-Party Groups on Youth and Care Leavers.

In 2019 he successfully piloted one of the most comprehensive Private Member’s Bills through Parliament which instituted civil partnerships for opposite sex couples; gives power to coroners to investigate stillbirths and enables mothers to enter their name on marriage certificates for the first time.

Tim has also recently joined the Conservatives Against Racism For Equality (CARFE) as an advisory Board Member.



Luke de Pulford is Co-founder and Director of the Arise Foundation, which confronts human trafficking and modern slavery. Much of his professional work has focused on the UK Parliament where he is well known for his campaigning work in defence of human dignity. He coordinates the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, advises the World Uyghur Congress and is a Commissioner for the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission. In 2019 he co-founded the Coalition for Genocide Response to help states fulfil their treaty obligations to prevent mass atrocities.



Sam Armstrong is responsible for leading the Society’s media work and he acts as the first point of contact for journalists. Sam leads the full gambit of HJS’ communications including our investigative output, digital communications, and policy engagement.

Prior to joining the Society, Sam Armstrong worked as Chief of Staff to a Conservative Member of Parliament. Before this, he worked in the Conservative Party’s anti-UKIP division.

An experienced broadcast commentator in his own right, Sam has appeared on all of the UK’s major news outlets. His comments have also been covered in the UK’s major newspapers – often on the front page.  Samuel offers expert insight to broadcast outlets on a wide-ranging brief of domestic, security and foreign policy matters.

While at HJS, Sam has authored or co-authored three reports on the issue of the People’s Republic of China. These were Coronavirus Compensation?Breaking the China Supply Chain, and Brain Drain.

Sam also coordinates the strategy and communications of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, the global alliance of bipartisan parliamentarians concerned about the conduct of the Peoples’ Republic of China. He’s often asked to advise legislators around the world on policy responses to the CCP.

Sam Armstrong holds a degree in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham.





On the 1st of December 2021, Sam Armstrong, Director of Communications at the Henry Jackson Society, Tim Loughton, who has held various positions during his time in Parliament, Roger Garside, author of China Coup: The Great Leap to Freedom, and Luke de Pulford, Co-founder, and Director of the Arise Foundation, discussed the future of China’s political and economic system. The discussion began by introducing the problems in the relationship between China and its government and the Western World. The panellists also spoke about China’s relationship with the United States, including the issues that the former faced in the economy and with human rights. 


1st December 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, England, SW1P 4QP
21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4QP United Kingdom
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Roger Garside, Tim Loughton, Luke de Pulford


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