Tenth Annual China Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Center for the Arts, Lobby

China's rapid development and US-China relations directly impact the lives of just about everyone in the United States. The annual CHINA Town Hall is a national program held at sixty sites across the country, designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about and discuss critical issues of concern with leading China experts.

The evening will begin with a reception and hors d’oeuvre at 6:15 pm. The program itself will begin at 6:50 pm with opening remarks and a live national webcast featuring a conversation between Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former United States National Security Advisor (1969-1975) and the 56th Secretary of State (1973-1977), and Mr. Steven A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

The live webcast will be followed by a discussion with special Mason guest, Dr. Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy and Senior Fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Dr. Smith is the author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, 2014). She will share her thoughts on Japan’s response to China’s rise as well as issues surrounding regional maritime boundary and island disputes in the South and East China Seas. Following her remarks, Dr. Smith will field any questions that members of the local audience might have.

This event is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

Local sponsorship provided by the Provost’s Office, University Life, the Schar School of Policy and Government, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), the Department of History and Art History, the Center for Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (CAPEC), the Global Affairs Program (GLOA), and the Confucius Institute at George Mason.

National sponsorship provided by National Committee on US-China Relations.

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