China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation that provides Americans across the country—and beyond—an opportunity to talk about the U.S.-China relationship and the issues that are affecting their local communities.

Each year, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations works with a wide range of institutions and community groups, including but not limited to colleges and universities, world affairs councils, trade and business associations, social clubs, and religious organizations to implement the program.

  • 2019 CHINA Town Hall

    November 18, 2019

    As U.S.-China strategic competition increasingly affects the lives of every American, on Monday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m. EST, the National Committee presented its thirteenth annual CHINA Town Hall, held at 80+ venues across the United States and China.

    George Stephanopoulos moderated this year’s webcast discussion; he was joined by expert panelists Stephen Orlins, Melanie Hart, Yasheng Huang, and Ely Ratner.

    This year, the National Committee shifted the CTH format slightly, as we felt that the current political climate warranted community discussions on the issues that are having an impact on us, our businesses, our educational institutions, our communities, our states, and our country. Following the national webcast, each of our partners hosted town hall-style discussions, with the goal of encouraging community members to talk candidly about their attitudes, concerns, and feelings surrounding the bilateral relationship. In most cases, members of the community facilitated these local conversations.

    The National Committee was proud to partner with 85+ institutions across the United States and China, and would like to thank its media partner, SupChina, for their help in promoting this year’s program.

Event Video

  • 2019 China Town Hall with George Stephanopoulos

    George Stephanopoulos moderates an interactive webcast discussion on U.S.-China relations with experts Stephen Orlins, Melanie Hart, Yasheng Huang, and Ely Ratner. Recorded 11/18/19.

80+ Venues Across the U.S. and China

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National Webcast Speakers

  • Biography: George Stephanopoulos

    Mr. George Stephanopoulos is ABC News’ chief anchor. He also serves as anchor of Good Morning America and anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

  • Biography: Melanie Hart

    Dr. Melanie Hart is a senior fellow and director for China policy at the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute.

  • Biography: Yasheng Huang

    Dr. Yasheng Huang is Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

  • Biography: Ely Ratner

    Dr. Ely Ratner is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security.

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