Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Release

FIRST EVIDENCE SESSION ON EAST ASIA

Dr Christopher Hughes and Professor David Wall are set to give evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee next week. This is the first session in the Committee's inquiry, which was announced on 17 November 2004. This inquiry will examine the role of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in its region and the international system, and will seek to assess British policy in this context. This session will examine the PRC's contribution to regional and international institutions.

The meeting will be on Wednesday 1 February 2006  in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House. The witnesses are as follows:

At 2.30pm:

Dr Christopher Hughes, London School of Economics, and

Professor David Wall,   School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and Chatham House.

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Membership of the Committee:

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) Lab, Chairman
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Lab
Rt Hon Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells) Con
Mr John Horam (Orpington) Con
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) Lab
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford) Lib Dem
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Lab
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon) Con
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) Lab
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Lab
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East) Lab
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling) Con
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Lab
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge) Lib Dem

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