October 16, 2014

The 2014 program featured a live webcast with Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, as part of the Conversations at The Carter Center speaker series, followed by local presentations by on-site China specialists addressing topics of interest to the local community. Each program was co-sponsored by the National Committee and a local host. CHINA Town Hall is generously underwritten by the Starr Foundation.

CHINA Town Hall

CHINA Town Hall

CHINA Town Hall connects leading China experts with Americans around the country for a national conversation on the implications of China’s rise on U.S.-China relations and its impact on our towns, states, and nation. The National Committee is proud to partner with a range of institutions and community groups, colleges and universities, trade and business associations, and world affairs councils to bring this important national conversation to local communities around America for the 14th consecutive year.

Program Materials

  • Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.), 39th president of the United States, was born on October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Ga., and grew up in nearby Archery. His father was a farmer and businessman and his mother was a registered nurse.

    He was educated in the public schools of Plains, and attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology before graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. He became a submariner, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and rising to the rank of lieutenant. Chosen for the nuclear submarine program, he studied reactor technology and nuclear physics at Union College in Schenectady, NY, and served as senior officer of the pre-commissioning crew of the Seawolf, the second nuclear submarine.

    On July 7, 1946, he married Rosalynn Smith of Plains. After his father died in 1953, he resigned his naval commission and returned to Georgia. He took over the Carter farms, and he and Rosalynn operated Carter’s Warehouse, a general-purpose seed and farm supply company in Plains. He served on county boards supervising education, the hospital authority, and the library. In 1962 he won election to the Georgia Senate. He lost his first gubernatorial campaign in 1966, but won the next election, becoming Georgia’s 76th governor in January 1971.

    In December 1974, he announced his candidacy for president of the United States, and was elected president on November 2, 1976. He counts among his administration’s significant foreign policy accomplishments the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world. On the domestic side, the administration’s achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

    In 1982, President Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and founded The Carter Center to address national and international public policy issues, working to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease. The permanent facilities of The Carter Presidential Center were dedicated in October 1986, and include the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, administered by the National Archives.

    President Carter is the author of 28 books, most recently, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, published in April 2014.

    On December 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”



    Arizona Council for International Visitors (Scottsdale) Denis Simon, Arizona State University
    “The Evolving Face of China`s International Science and Technology Relations: Opportunities and Challenges”

    University of Arizona (Tucson) Rian Thum, Loyola University New Orleans
    “China, Islam, and Uyghurs: Contemporary Tensions in Historical Perspective”


    The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Joseph Battat, World Bank
    “Do We Benefit from Doing Business with China?”


    University of California, Irvine David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
    “China's Changing Place in the News and in the World: The View from California”

    World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California (San Bernardino) Barry Naughton, University of California, San Diego
    “Reflections on Chinese Economic Reform and Its Impact on the US and California”

    University of California, San Diego; The Bishop’s School; and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Lyle Morris, RAND
    “China’s Relationship with Africa”

    University of California, Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco) Keith Hand, University of California, Hastings and Auria Styles, the Law Offices of Auria Styles
    “Recent Developments in China’s Legal Reform Process”

    World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Asia Society Northern California Center (San Francisco) Ira Kasoff, APCO Worldwide
    “China Today - Thoughts and Observations”

    Channel City Club and Committee on Foreign Relations (Santa Barbara) Anthony J. Spires, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    “The Rise of Grassroots, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) and Civil Society in China”


    University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder) Lionel Jensen, University of Notre Dame
    “China and the United States at 35: Hard Lessons of National Exceptionalism and Mutual Dependence”

    University of Denver (Denver) Michael McDevitt, Center for Naval Analyses
    “Normalization of U.S. - China Relations”


    Yale University (New Haven) David Bach, George Chen, Deborah Davis, and Jessica Weiss, Yale University
    “Panel Discussion on Current Issues in U.S.-China Relations”


    World Trade Center Delaware (Newark) Christian Murck
    “Recent Trends in U.S.-China Relations”


    State College of Florida (Sarasota) Keith Abell, Sungate Asset Management
    “Doing Business with China: Past, Present and Future”

    Saint Edward’s School (Vero Beach) Dennis Blasko, U.S. Army (Ret.)
    “China’s Socio-Economic and Military Perspectives on Russia/Ukraine, North/South Korea, the Senkaku Islands, ISIS, etc.”


    The Carter Center (Atlanta) President Jimmy Carter

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta Henry Levine, Albright Stonebridge Group; Penelope Prime and Andrew Wedeman, Georgia State University
    “Engaging the Dragon: Economic Diplomacy in China”


    DePaul University (Chicago) Lloyd Neighbors, Senior Foreign Service (Ret.)
    “Five Decades in China: An American Diplomat Looks at US-China Relations”


    Indiana University (Bloomington) Nicholas Bequelin, Human Rights Watch
    “Hong Kong’s Rebels! What Autonomy for China’s Peripheries?”


    International Traders of Iowa and the University of Iowa (Cedar Rapids) Dru Finley, China Gold Solutions
    “Establishing Business Relationships in China”

    Drake University (Des Moines) Kerty Levy, Kemin Personal Care
    “A Personal View of U.S-China Relations”


    University of Kansas (Lawrence) Yoon Jung Park
    “U.S. and Chinese Discourses of ‘China-in-Africa’: Fears, Interests, and Realities”

    International Relations Council of Kansas City and Washburn University (Topeka) Virginia Harper Ho, University of Kansas School of Law
    “Current Issues in Chinese Law and Legal Reform”


    World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana (Louisville) David M. Lampton, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
    "What is Going on in China and What Does it Mean for America?”


    Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Anthony Kane, Americans Councils of International Education
    “China: Where is it Headed and What Does It Mean?”


    Colby College (Waterville) Benjamin Liebman, Columbia University School of Law
    “China’s Law and Stability Paradox and the Future of Legal Reform”


    Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee (Baltimore) Frank Jannuzi, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
    “Six Dragons Imperiling the Rise of China and Implications for U.S.-China Relations”


    Five College Center for East Asian Studies (Amherst) Vanessa Fong, Amherst College
    “China’s One-Child Generation”

    Suffolk University (Boston) Kevin Nealer, Scowcroft Group
    “Issues in the U.S.-China Relationship”

    Wellesley College C. Patterson Giersch and William Joseph, Wellesley College
    “Reflections on Encounters with China, From the 1960s to Now”

    Assumption College (Worcester) Rebecca Weiner, Strebesana Resources, Inc.
    “Doing Business in China”


    World Affairs Council of Detroit David Shinn
    “China’s Engagement with Africa”

    World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (Grand Rapids) Merritt Cooke, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia
    “Cooperation and Competition in U.S.-China Energy and Environmental Relations”


    Minnesota International Center (Minneapolis) John Allen, Greater China Corporation
    “The Evolving Dynamics of U.S.-China Trade Relations”

    St. Olaf College (Northfield) Jennifer Turner, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    “China at the Environmental Tipping Point?”

    Cathedral High School (St. Cloud) Liu Kongli, Bryant University
    “U.S.-China Education Exchange: New Trends, New Future”

    Winona State University (Winona) Judy Polumbaum, University of Iowa
    “Internationalization of Chinese Higher Education”


    University of Missouri Yong Volz and Shaoming Zou, University of Missouri
    “U.S.-China Relations”

    International Relations Council of Kansas City (Kansas City) Julian Zugazagoitia, Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art; Representative from the Chinese Ministry of Culture; and Leo Morton, University of Missouri, Kansas City
    “The Vital Role of the Arts in the U.S.-China Relationship”


    University of Montana, Missoula (Missoula) Robert A. Kapp, Robert A. Kapp Associates
    “Current Challenges and Opportunities in U.S.-China Relations”


    Cranford Public Schools (Cranford) Carl Minzner, Fordham University School of Law
    “Domestic Politics and Human Rights in China”


    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (Buffalo) Douglas Spelman, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, the Wilson Center
    “U.S.-China Relations: Strengths and Strains:

    LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York (Long Island City, Queens) Nancy Riley, Bowdoin College
    “Making Sense of China’s Population (and) Policies”


    Carolina China Network (Chapel Hill) Robert Goldberg, Scowcroft Group
    “Jimmy Carter and the Road to Normalization of U.S.-China Relations”

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte Katherine Kaup, Furman University
    “Pivots, Pirates and Partners: Key Issues in U.S.-China Relations”

    North Carolina State University (Raleigh) Thilo Hanemann, The Rhodium Group
    “Chinese Investment in the United States: A New Chapter of US-China Economic Relations”


    Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce Michal McCune, Global Advisory Services, Iconoculture
    “The Urban Consumer Mindset: Changing Motivations & Attitudes”

    Ohio State University (Columbus) Nicholas Lardy, Peterson Institute of International Economics
    “Explaining China’s Economic Rise: State Ownership vs. Private Business”


    University of Oklahoma, Schusterman Center (Tulsa) Wen Qi, Ball State University
    “Comparing International Education”


    Northwest China Council (Portland) Xiaoyu Pu, University of Nevada, Reno
    “Maritime Disputes in the East and South China Seas and the Impact on U.S. China Relations”


    Bucknell University (Lewisburg) Jennifer Adams, U.S. Agency of International Development
    “China’s Investment in Africa and Its Impact on US-China Relations”

    Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) Tansen Sen, Baruch College, City University of New York
    “The Structural Problems in Contemporary India-China Relations”

    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Ira Belkin, New York University School of Law
    “How Should We Think about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in China under Xi Jinping?”

    University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh) Ailun Yang, World Resources Institute
    “Coal and Sustainability in China – What’s in the Future?”


    The Citadel (Charleston) Phillip Saunders, National Defense University
    “Security Factors in U.S.-China Relations”

    Clemson University (Greenville) Scott Lincicome, White & Case
    “U.S.-China Trade Relations: Myths, Realities and Opportunities for South Carolina and America”

    South Carolina State University (Orangeburg) Min Jiang, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
    “Across the Great (Fire)Wall: A Conversation on the Chinese Internet & Social Media”


    South Dakota World Affairs Council (Brookings) Christine Boyle, Blue Horizons Insight
    “Food & Water Security in China”


    Saint Edward’s University (Austin) Angelos Angelou, AngelouEconomics and International Accelerator; Betsy Neidel, Blue Heron Holdings, LLC; Brian Magierski, Appconomy; Ying McGuire, Technology Integration Group
    “Trade and Business with China and Corporate Social Responsibility”

    University of Houston, US China Partnerships and Asia Society Texas Center (Houston) Marilyn Beach, M. Beach Consulting
    “Managing Implications of Oil and Gas Exploration in China”


    Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (Salt Lake City) Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group
    “The U.S.-China Economic and Trade Relationship: Opportunities and Challenges under the New Xi Jinping Leadership”


    Champlain College (Burlington) Siu Tip Lam, Vermont Law School
    “Environmental Governance in China”

    University of Vermont (Burlington) Jeanne Shea, University of Vermont
    “U.S.-China Linkages in Global Health”

    Middlebury College (Middlebury) Roy Kamphausen, National Bureau for Asian Research
    “China’s Military Rise: Implications for Asia and US Foreign Policy”


    University of Virginia (Charlottesville) Bates Gill, University of Sydney
    "The U.S.-China Relationship in Global Perspective"

    George Mason University (Fairfax) Weiping Wu, Tufts University
    “Can China Move 250 Million People Into Cities? Urbanizing China: Prospects and Perils”

    Southwest Virginia Community College (Richlands) Joel Wuthnow, CNA Corporation
    “China Today”

    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond) Virginia Bower, Philadelphia University of the Arts
    “The Forbidden City – Forbidden No More”


    Everett Community College and the Tai Initiative (Everett) Melinda Herrold-Menzies, Pitzer College
    “Eco-Villages and the Environmental Impact of China’s Rapid Growth”

    Washington State University (Pullman) Robert Efird, Seattle University
    “‘Neighbors across a Narrow Belt of Water’: Migration and contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations”

    Washington State China Relations Council (Seattle) Tabitha Mallory
    “China’s Role in Global Environmental Issues and the Marine Environment”


    La Crosse-Luoyang Friendship Association (La Crosse) Robert Daly, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, the Wilson Center
    “China’s Foreign Policy; The Application of Soft Power”

    Madison Committee on Foreign Relations Thomas Bickford, CNA Corporation
    “Chinese maritime strategy and China's Relations with its Neighbors”


    Hong Kong-America Center and Asia Society Hong Kong Center Morton Holbrook, Hong Kong-America Center; Richard Hu, University of Hong Kong; David Zweig, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    “U.S.-China Relations: 35 Years On”

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