China Town Hall

CHINA Town Hall

7th Annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

presented by

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Westminster College

Monday, October 28, 2013, 4:45 PM

Gore Auditorium
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Westminster College

The U.S. – China relationship is in the news and at the center of foreign policy discussions across the United States. To help Americans understand this dynamic relationship and to answer their questions on the issues, the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations will conduct the Seventh Annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, featuring a live webcast and Q&A with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, to be broadcast locally on October 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Following Albright’s webcast will be an exclusive live presentation by guest speaker, Dr. Ira Kasoff of the ACPO International Advisory Council.

Join us for this unique opportunity! Remarks will be broadcast live to town hall audiences in 60 cities and towns across the United States and China. UCCD is the only organization selected to host this event in Utah.

The webcast will be moderated by National Committee president Steve Orlins.

AlbrightMadeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

In 1997 Dr. Albright was named the 64th, and first female, Secretary of State of the United States. At the time, she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Dr. Albright is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of an advisory body, the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

KasoffIra Kasoff is a senior counselor and member of APCO’s International Advisory Council.  He joined APCO after a long career with the U.S. government, serving most recently as deputy assistant secretary for Asia at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  His extensive experience in Asia spans more than three decades, with seven commercial service assignments in the region, in addition to private sector and academic experience.

Prior to serving as deputy assistant secretary of Commerce, Dr. Kasoff was principal commercial officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, commercial counselor at the American Embassy in Tokyo and senior commercial officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kasoff worked for the Boston Consulting Group, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and as the Beijing representative for the Fuqua World Trade Corporation.

Dr. Kasoff received a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he specialized in Chinese and Japanese history.  He is the author of a book on Chinese intellectual history, published originally by the Cambridge University Press, which has recently been translated into Chinese and published by the Shanghai Classics Publishing House.


4:45-5:00 PM: Introduction: Laura Dupuy, Executive Director, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Welcome: Dr. Jin Wang, Dean, Gore School of Business, Westminster College

5:00-5:45 PM: Live Webcast: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

5:45-6:30 PM: Guest Speaker: Dr. Ira Kasoff, ACPO International Advisory Council

Moderator: Mr. Lew Cramer, President, World Trade Center Utah

6:30-6:35 PM: Concluding Remarks: Dr. Jin Wang

6:30-7:00 PM: Reception

This event is free and open to the public.

The United States and China

The Chinese economy has grown rapidly since China implemented the “Reform and Opening Up” policy in December 1978. China is now the second largest economy, behind the United States, and projected to move into the top spot as the largest economy in the world by 2020. This growth continues to create new wealth in China, with foreign currency reserves of more than US$3.3 trillion. The U.S.-China relationship is at the forefront of the news and at the center of foreign policy discussions across the United States. To help Americans understand this dynamic relationship and to answer their questions on prominent issues, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) conducts an annual CHINA Town Hall, featuring a live webcast and Q&A to be broadcast locally throughout the United States. The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is honored to host China Town Hall for the state of Utah.

Utah’s Connection to China

Currently, China is Utah’s fifth largest trading partner. In 2010, Utah shipped nearly $2 billion in exports to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Through May of 2011, the figure had already reached $1.96 billion, putting the state on track to double its exports to the region.

Recognizing the importance of trade and foreign investment, former Governor Huntsman led trade missions to Mexico in 2005 and China in 2006. In China, the former governor used his fluency in Mandarin to help Utah companies establish relationships with high-ranking Chinese officials and invited Chinese business leaders to visit Utah. In April of 2011, now Utah Governor Gary Herbert led a trade mission to China and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jinshan District Mayor, Zhao Fuxi, in order to show mutual support for technology exchanges between Utah and Jinshan, China. The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, International Trade and Diplomacy Office, maintains a network of trade representatives and partner organizations in 11 targeted countries and markets, including China.

Salt Lake City was host to a truly historic event when four Chinese provincial leaders met at the US China 2011 Trade, Culture and Education Conference July 14-16, 2011. The conference, co-hosted by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, World Trade Center Utah, Salt Lake Chamber, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Westminster College, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Chinese Association of Science and Technology Utah, Investment Association of China, and American & Chinese Friendship Promotion Society, coincided with the National Governor’s Association meeting and provided a unique opportunity for the Chinese governors to meet with numerous U.S. governors as well as a wide range of Utah companies. The US-China conference led to many memorandums of understanding (MOUs) signed between Utah and Chinese entities.

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