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CHINA Town Hall



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:45 pm, WPI Olin Hall 107

CHINA Town Hall -- Local Connections, National Reflections


The Worcester World Affairs Council and the China Hub at WPI join 80-City live event on China, October 24.  

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice will join audiences in Worcester and over 80 locations across America for a live “town hall” event on China and the complex U.S.-China relationship and its influence on the U.S. economy, policies, and security, on October 24.

The eleventh annual CHINA Town Hall, presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will be hosted by over 80 local partners nationwide. Attendees will submit questions to Ambassador Rice, and each venue will have an expert speaker on-site to discuss issues of interest to the local community. The national webcast with Ambassador Rice will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

China’s emergence as a global power, role as an important trading partner and potential collaborator in key U.S. global policies ensures that U.S.-China relations will affect the lives of every American. CHINA Town Hall will help audiences around the country to understand the challenges and opportunities of what has been characterized as the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.

The CHINA Town Hall in Worcester will be at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Olin Hall 107, and the program will begin at 6:45 pm. The event will feature a webcast with Ambassador Rice and then a presentation by Richard McGregor, "China, Japan, and the U.S. in the Pacific Century: Three Tigers, One Mountain."

Ambassador Susan E. Rice was national security advisor (2013-2017) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), as well as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Her critical role as a presidential advisor developing and executing policies U.S. foreign policy make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant during this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship. Ambassador Rice's full bio is available here

For fifty years, the National Committee on United States-China Relations has been the leading national, non-partisan, nonprofit public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

Richard McGregor is the author of Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century (Penguin, 2017). He served as the Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, leading the newspaper’s coverage of American politics and managing its DC-based team of reporters from 2011 to 2014. Previously, McGregor served as the FT’s deputy news editor in London, as well as Beijing bureau chief and Shanghai correspondent. Prior to joining the FT, he was the chief political correspondent and China and Japan correspondent for The Australian. He has also reported for the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

McGregor has won numerous awards throughout his nearly two decades of reporting from north Asia, including a 2010 Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Excellence Award (Excellence in Reporting Breaking News category) for his coverage on the Xinjiang Riots and 2008 SOPA Awards for Editorial Intelligence (Excellence in Opinion Writing and Excellence in Feature Writing categories). He is author of The Party; The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (2010), described by The Economist as a “masterful depiction” of the Chinese political system. The Party was awarded the third annual Bernard Schwartz Prize by the Asia Society in New York in 2011 for nonfiction books making an outstanding contribution to understanding Asia. The Party also won the Mainichi Newspaper in Tokyo’s award for best book on the Asia-Pacific in 2011.

EVENT: CHINA Town Hall: Discussion and live Q&A with audiences in 80 venues nationwide

WHO: Ambassador Susan Rice, former national security advisor and U.S. ambassador to the UN via national webcast; Richard McGregor, Journalist and Author speaking in Worcester

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 / 6:45 p.m. EDT

WHERE: WPI, Olin Hall 107



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