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Monday October 29th, 2012

China Town Hall Meeting: Local Connections, National Reflections

This live webcast featured U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke

Monday October 29, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

This program was sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asian Studies Program, and the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University

Leadership transition in China, trade disputes between China and the United States, and America’s new focus on East Asian Security put the future of U.S.-China relations on the front burner for those interested in business and public policy choices involving the People’s Republic.

Ambassador Locke became the 10th U.S. Ambassador the People’s Republic in August 2011. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Commerce Secretary where he worked to implement the President’s National Export Initiative, presiding over a 17 percent increase in U.S. exports and a 32 percent increase in exports to China.

To view the national program with Ambassador Locke please click here.

Local commentary was provided by China scholars preceeding the national broadcast with Ambassador Gary Locke.

Dr. Steven P. Feldman, professor of business ethics at the Weatherhead School of Management, will provide an overview of key issues in U.S.-China business relations. Dr. Paul Schroeder, visiting professor of political science and interim director of the Asian Studies Program, will discuss Chinese domestic issues that impact U.S.-China Relations.

Professor Feldman specializes in American-Chinese business relations, business ethics, and nonprofit management. His forthcoming book, Trouble in the Middle: American-Chinese Business Relations: Culture, Conflict and Ethics, will be published by Routledge in January. In 2007 he was Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in business ethics at Shanghai International Studies University.

Professor Schroeder specializes on China, East Asia and international relations. He was managing director of East-West Trade Development, Ltd., a trade management firm focused on business in China. Prior to that he served with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, working in legal and economic development, and corporate programs.

The video of the local Cleveland Town Hall Meeting is available below.