October 9, 2018

The twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall took place on Tuesday, October 9, 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.

National Webcast Speaker:

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. Read Secretary Rice's full bio.

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.

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

    ALABAMA

    Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations
    Trade & Economy

    ARKANSAS

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

    ARIZONA

    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

    CALIFORNIA

    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

    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

    CONNECTICUT

    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

    WASHINGTON, D.C.

    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
    Education

    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

    DELAWARE

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

    FLORIDA

    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

    GEORGIA

    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

    HAWAII

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

    IDAHO

    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

    ILLINOIS

    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

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

    IOWA

    Clinton Community College
    Sisters of Saint Francis, Franciscan Peace Center

    Ms. Martha Kirby  University of Iowa
    Education

    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

    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

    KENTUCKY

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

    LOUISIANA

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

    MAINE

    World Affairs Council of Maine
    Camden Conference

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

    MARYLAND

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

    MASSACHUSETTS

    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
    WorldBoston

    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

    MICHIGAN

    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

    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

    MISSOURI

    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

    MONTANA

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

    NEVADA

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Nevada Center on Foreign Relations

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

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    University of New Hampshire
    Domestic Issues

    NEW JERSEY

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

    NEW MEXICO

    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

    NEW YORK

    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

    NORTH CAROLINA

    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

    OHIO

    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

    OKLAHOMA

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

    OREGON

    Northwest China Council
    Portland State University

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

    PENNSYLVANIA

    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

    RHODE ISLAND

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

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    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

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

    TENNESSEE

    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

    TEXAS

    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

    UTAH

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

    VERMONT

    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

    VIRGINIA

    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

    WASHINGTON

    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

    WISCONSIN

    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
    Education

    Madison Committee on Foreign Relations
    Mr. Dinny McMahon  The Paulson Institute
    Trade & Economics

    PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

    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

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  • The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
    Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

    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.

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