Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 6:00 PM EDT

The twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall took place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 100+ venues across the United States and Greater China, and featured Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, as the national webcast speaker.

CHINA Town Hall has two components: (1) an interactive webcast featuring the national webcast speaker, interviewed by National Committee President Stephen Orlins; and (2) an on-site China specialist presenting on a China-related topic of the local partner’s choosing. The webcast took place from 6:00 to 6:45 pm EDT, and was preceded or followed (depending on the time zone) by the local speaker’s presentation.

The National Committee was proud to partner with a wide range of institutions and community groups, including colleges and universities, world affairs councils, and trade and business associations to implement this program. The Committee would also like to thank its media partner SupChina for its help in promoting the webcast. And of course, we thank our national webcast speaker, the Honorable Condoleezza Rice, as well as the scores of specialists at the 100+ venues, some of whom are local, but many of whom traveled afar to speak to audiences scattered around the United States.

2018 CHINA Town Hall Venues

100+ Venues Across the United States & China
For additional event details, please consult the above map.

Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations
Trade & Economy

University of Arkansas Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Asian Studies Program
Ms. Anna Ashton  US-China Business Council
Business & Foreign Direct Investment

Arizona State University, West Campus
Dr. William Brashears  Arizona State University
Culture & Society
Global Ties Arizona
Ambassador Douglas Hartwick  Foreign Service Officer (Ret.)
China’s Relations with the World
University of Arizona
Mr. John L. Holden  U.S.-China Strong Foundation
Trade & Economics

Channel City Club
Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations

Mr. Henry Levine  Albright Stonebridge Group
China’s Relations with the World
University of California, Berkeley: School of Law, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Mr. Mark Cohen  University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Dr. Vinod Aggarwal  University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Ms. Jenny Guo  LumiereVR
Trade & Economics
University of California, Hastings College of the Law: East Asian Legal Studies Program, Asian Law and Business Association
Dr. Frank Wu  University of California Hastings College of the Law
Mr. Greg Pilarowski  Pillar Legal
Mr. Lenny Huang  Alston & Bird
Ms. Auria Styles  Intel
Mr. Keith Hand  University of California Hastings College of the Law
Business & Foreign Direct Investment
University of California, Irvine
Dr. Richard Madsen  University of California, San Diego
China’s Relations with the World
University of California, San Diego, 21st Century China Center
Mr. Thilo Hanemann  Rhodium Group
Science & Technology
World Affairs Council Inland Southern California
California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Minxin Pei  Claremont McKenna College
China’s Relations with the World

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council
Dr. Paul Bolt  United States Air Force Academy
China’s Relations with the World
University of Denver, Center for U.S.-China Cooperation
Mr. David Rank  The Cohen Group
China’s Relations with the World

Wesleyan University
Dr. Peter Rutland  Wesleyan University
China’s Relations with the World
World Affairs Council of Connecticut
Trinity College Center for Urban and Global Studies

Dr. Zhao Yumin  Consulate General of China in New York
Dr. Tu Yichao  Trinity College Center for Urban and Global Studies
China’s Relations with the World
Yale University, Council on East Asian Studies
Dr. Jing Tsu  Yale University
Dr. Daniel Mattingly  Yale University
China’s Relations with the World

China Aerospace Studies Institute
Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III  U.S. Pacific Command (Ret.)
Military & Security
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
Mr. Samuel T. Mok  National China Garden Foundation
Georgetown University, Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues
Dr. Michael Green  Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
Mr. Dennis Wilder  Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
Peace & Security
George Washington University, Global China Connection
Dr. Kang Xiaofei  George Washington University
Culture & Society

University of Delaware
Dr. Maura Elizabeth Cunningham  Historian & Author
Culture & Society

New College of Florida, International Studies Program
University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Institute for Public Policy and Leadership
U.S.-China Peoples’ Friendship Association, Sarasota-Manatee Chapter

Ms. Amy Celico  Albright Stonebridge Group
Business & Foreign Direct Investment
St. Edward’s School
Dr. Dawn Murphy  United States Air War College
China’s Relations with the World
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville
Mr. Ryan Hass  The Brookings Institution
Trade & Economics
World Trade Center Tampa Bay
Mr. Karl Strauch  Port Tampa Bay
Mr. Sareet Majumdar  ICTC Global Manufacturing Solutions
Mr. David Alexander  Bay Source Global
Mr. Paul Baumann  Baumann Moreau
Trade & Economics

Piedmont College
Dr. Maria Repnikova  Georgia State University
Media in China
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Mr. Nicholas Consonery  Rhodium Group
Mr. Joseph Bankoff  Georgia Institute of Technology Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Trade & Economics

University of Hawaii, The East-West Center
Mr. Matt Sheehan  The Paulson Institute
Science & Technology

Boise State University: College of Business and Economics, School of Public Service
Senator James E. Risch  U.S. Senate (R-ID)
Mr. Steven Yates  Boise State University
Mr. Steven Feldstein  Boise State University
Mr. Jack Marr  Boise State University
Trade & Economics

DePaul University, Chinese Studies Program
Mr. Damien Ma  The Paulson Institute
China’s Relations with the World
Illinois Central College
Peoria World Affairs Council

Dr. Stanley Mendenhall  Illinois Central College
Trade & Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Dr. Jessica Li  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Culture & Society

Indiana University, East Asian Studies Center
Dr. Katherine Palmer Kaup  Furman University
Domestic Issues

Clinton Community College
Sisters of Saint Francis, Franciscan Peace Center

Ms. Martha Kirby  University of Iowa
Drake University
Dr. Wenfang Tang  University of Iowa
Trade & Economics
International Traders of Iowa
Mr. Jeff Albright  ESP International
Trade & Economics
Muscatine Community College
Dr. Matthew Noellert  University of Iowa
Domestic Issues
Scott Community College
Mr. David Miller  Iowa Farm Bureau
Trade & Economics

Kansas State University, Confucius Institute
Ms. Mei Fong  Journalist & Author
Domestic Issues
University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies
Dr. Tailan Chi  University of Kansas School of Business
Trade & Economics

University of Kentucky, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Ms. Beth Smits  Funder Exchange
Military & Security

Louisiana State University: International Studies Program, Department of Political Science, Department of Asian Studies
Dr. Penelope Prime  Georgia State University
Trade & Economics

World Affairs Council of Maine
Camden Conference

Mr. Eliot Cutler  MaineAsia, LLC
China’s Relations with the World

Baltimore – Xiamen Sister City Committee
Ms. Madelyn Ross  Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
China’s Relations with the World

Assumption College
Dr. Steven Goldstein  Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
P.R.C.—Taiwan Relations
Brandeis University: International Business School, The Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business
Dr. Peter Petri  Brandeis University
Dr. Elanah Uretsky  Brandeis University
China’s Relations with the World
Bridgewater State University
Dr. Christian Murck 
Trade & Economics
Clark University
Dr. Suzanne Scoggins  Clark University
Trade & Economics
The Governor’s Academy Economics Club
Mr. Haodi Shi  Governor’s Academy
Mr. Luke Moriarty  Governor’s Academy
Mr. Billy Marella  Governor’s Academy
Mr. Karlaes Morales  Governor’s Academy
Mr. Tianyu Fang  Governor’s Academy
China’s Relations with the World
Suffolk University Boston, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies

Dr. Joseph Fewsmith  Boston University Pardee School
China’s Relations with the World
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School (WHRHS)
Ms. Lori Hanlon  WHRHS
Ms. Nicole Sykes  WHRHS
Mr. Joe Chismar  WHRHS
China’s Relations with the World
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Maria Adele Carrai  Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program
Trade & Economics

World Affairs Council of Detroit
Pellegrino Consulting, Inc.
Wayne State University, Confucius Institute

Mr. Brian Connors  Michigan-China Innovation Center
Trade & Economics
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Mr. Kaiser Kuo  Sinica Podcast & SupChina
China’s Relations with the World

Minnesota State University Mankato, College of Business
Mr. David Frederickson  Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Trade & Economics
University of Minnesota China Center
Global Minnesota

Mr. Andy Rothman  Matthews Asia
Business & Foreign Direct Investment
Winona State University
Dr. Kathryn J. Ready  Winona State University
Business & Foreign Direct Investment

Drury University
Mr. Jeff Moon  China Moon Strategies, LLC
Trade & Economics
International Relations Council of Kansas City
World Trade Center Kansas City
Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation

Ms. Lori Helmers  J.P. Morgan Chase
Mr. Ronnie Russell  Missouri Soybean Association
Ms. Fang Shen  Husch Blackwell
Ms. Virginia Harper Ho  University of Kansas School of Law
Trade & Economics
University of Missouri-St. Louis: International Studies and Programs, Dr. Y. S. Tsiang Professorship in Chinese Studies
World Affairs Council of St. Louis

Dr. Joel Glassman  University of Missouri-St. Louis
China’s Relations with the World
Webster University, Confucius Institute
World Affairs Council of St. Louis

Dr. Joan Kaufman  Schwarzman Scholars
Environment & Public Health

University of Montana, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Mr. I. Allen Barber  Denver-Hainan Corporation
Business & Foreign Direct Investment

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nevada Center on Foreign Relations

Mr. Nelson G. Dong  Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Military & Security

University of New Hampshire
Domestic Issues

Princeton University, Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China
Mr. Keith Abell  Sungate Asset Management
Trade & Economics

Central New Mexico Community College
Mr. Graham Webster  Yale Law School
Science & Technology
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Mr. Brian Goldbeck  Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) 
China’s Relations with the World

America China Public Affairs Institute
Dr. Robert Hormats  Kissinger Associates, Inc.
China’s Relations with the World
Vassar College
Mr. Nathaniel Ahrens  American Mandarin Society
China’s Relations with the World
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
Dr. Winston Chang  The State University of New York at Buffalo
Trade & Economics

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Confucius Institute, Office of International Programs
Dr. Cheryl Brown  University of North Carolina at Charlotte
China’s Relations with the World

Dayton Council on World Affairs
Dr. Laura Luehrmann  Wright State University
China’s Relations with the World
The Ohio State University, Institute for Chinese Studies
Dr. Kristin Stapleton  The State University of New York at Buffalo
Culture & Society

University of Oklahoma, Confucius Institute
Mr. Neil Thomas  The Paulson Institute
China’s Relations with the World

Northwest China Council
Portland State University

Dr. Thomas Gold  University of California, Berkeley
China’s Relations with the World

Bucknell University, China Institute
Dr. Zhiqun Zhu  Bucknell University
Military & Security
Saint Joseph’s University, James and Bernadette Nealis Program in Asian Studies
Dr. Lisa A. Baglione  Saint Joseph’s University
Dr. James Carter  Saint Joseph’s University
Dr. Kazuya Fukuoka  Saint Joseph’s University
Dr. Katherine A. S. Sibley  Saint Joseph’s University
China’s Relations with the World
University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Contemporary China
Dr. Douglas G. Spelman  Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
China’s Relations with the World
University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center
Mr. Martin Chorzempa  The Peterson Institute for International Economics
Domestic Issues
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
Harrisburg Academy

Dr. David Lai  United States Army War College
China’s Relations with the World
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

Dr. Cynthia Watson  National War College
China’s Relations with the World

Bryant University, U.S.-China Institute
Dr. Joseph Battat  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
Trade & Economics

The Citadel
Ms. Kristen Gunness  RAND Corporation
Military & Security
Clemson University Center for China Studies
Dr. David M. Lampton  Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
China’s Relations with the World

South Dakota World Affairs Council
Ms. Erin Ennis  US-China Business Council
Business & Foreign Direct Investment

Battle Ground Academy
Mr. Morton Holbrook III  Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) 
China’s Relations with the World
Tennessee World Affairs Council
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Belmont University, Center for International Business
Tennessee-China Network

Dr. Thomas A. Schwartz  Vanderbilt University
China’s Relations with the World
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tennessee China Network

Mr. Jeremy Goldkorn  SupChina & Sinica Podcast
China’s Relations with the World

St. Edward’s University
Dr. William Nichols  St. Edward’s University
Dr. Jane Xie  St. Edward’s University
Dr. Jooyoun Lee  St. Edward’s University
Dr. Sung Suh  St. Edward’s University
China’s Relations with the World
University of Texas, San Antonio: East Asia Institute, Confucius Institute
Dr. Harold Tanner  University of North Texas
China’s Relations with the World

Dixie State University: Office of Academic Affairs & Community, Global Engagement Division
Dr. Ira Kasoff  APCO Worldwide
Dr. Andrew Andreasen 
Trade & Economics

Norwich University, Peace and War Center
Ambassador Stephen M. Young  Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) 
China’s Relations with the World
Vermont Council on World Affairs
Ms. Barbara Finamore  National Resource Defense Council
China’s Relations with the World

George Mason University
Mr. Frank Jannuzi  The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
China’s Relations with the World
Southwest Virginia Community College
Dr. Yawei Liu  The Carter Center
Culture & Society

Seattle University
University of Washington

Mr. Y.P. Chan  Chanden, Inc.
Dr. Yitan Li  Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. David McHardy Reid  Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics
Trade & Economics
Washington State China Relations Council
Mr. Andrew Batson  Gavekal Dragonomics
Trade & Economics
Washington State University
Dr. Xiuyu Wang  Washington State University
China’s Relations with the World

La Crosse Luoyang Friendship Association
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, International Education and Engagement

Ms. Yang Yang Bai  Luoyang Foreign Language School #2
Ms. Carrie Wuensch-Harden  School District of La Crosse
Mr. Jason Harden  School District of La Crosse
Madison Committee on Foreign Relations
Mr. Dinny McMahon  The Paulson Institute
Trade & Economics

Duke Kunshan University
Dr. Denis Simon  Duke Kunshan University
Dr. Cao Cong  Nottingham University at Ningbo
Mr. Ted Plafker  The Economist
Science & Technology
New York University Shanghai
Dr. Eric Hundman  New York University Shanghai
China’s Relations with the World
Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University
China’s Relations with the World

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Secretary Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Secretary Rice was Stanford University’s Provost from 1993 to 1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. Secretary Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors – the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

From 1989 through March 1991, Secretary Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff as director and senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs, and as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); as well as Political Risk (2018) with Amy Zegart; Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Secretary Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. CNG has since expanded with chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Since 2009, she has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Secretary Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. She is also on the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, Commonwealth Club, Aspen Institute, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has served on several other corporate and non-profit boards.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and currently residing in Stanford, California, Secretary Rice earned her B.A. in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded thirteen honorary doctorates.