UT to Host Live Webcast, Q&A Session with US Ambassador to China October 29

 

UT will host a live webcast and question-and-answer session with Gary F. Locke, US ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, to discuss US-China relations on Monday, October 29.

The event, “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” is part of a national day of programming on China involving sixty cities throughout the United States.

UT’s program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with an in-person talk fromCHINA Town Hall Robert Daly, director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland. The webcast with Locke will begin at 8:00 p.m.

The event, which will be in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, Room 60, is free and open to the public.

This is the sixth annual CHINA Town Hall, sponsored by the National Committee on US-China Relations. As the presidential election approaches, the US-China relationship is in the news for both economic and geopolitical reasons. The town hall is an effort to help Americans understand the relationship between the two countries and answer questions on the issues.

Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on US-China Relations, will moderate the webcast.

During the pre-webcast talk at UT, Daly will address US-China interactions in higher education. He is a China specialist who has served as a diplomat with the US Information Agency with a focus on US-China relations. He also has worked as a consultant and interpreter for American car and energy companies and for non-profit organizations.

Locke has been ambassador to China since August 2011. Previously, as Secretary of Commerce, he was point person for achieving the president’s National Export Initiative. He also served two terms as governor of Washington, where he helped double the state’s exports to China.

For more information on the CHINA Town Hall event, visit National Committee on United States-China Relations website.

CONTACTS:

Suzanne Wright (865-974-4267, swright5@utk.edu)

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)

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