DePaul University to host town hall on US-China relations

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to appear via webcast

US China Relations
Experts will discuss the history and future of the relationship between the U.S. and China at “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” Oct. 18, 2016 at DePaul University. (Photo courtesy of iStock)
CHICAGO — Relations between the U.S. and China have been a frequent topic of debate in the presidential campaigns. Experts will discuss the history and future of the relationship between the two countries at “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.” A nationwide day of programming, DePaul University will host Chicago’s event Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 161.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will appear via live webcast to share how China’s rapid economic development has a direct impact on the lives of Americans. William Hurst, a faculty member at Northwestern University, will continue the conversation in Chicago with a presentation: “China: Rising Power, Responsible Stakeholder, or Something Else?” The event is co-organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and DePaul's Chinese studies program.

“The relationship between the U.S. and China is indisputably the most significant bilateral relation in the 21st century,” said Li Jin, associate professor of Chinese at DePaul. “Mutual understanding helps build bridges, which can lead to prosperity that will benefit not only the U.S. and China, but also all other nations in the world,” said Jin, who directs the Chinese studies program at DePaul.

“This event is particularly informative for the American public during this presidential election season because misleading information about U.S.-China relations is being politically construed,” said Jin.

Kissinger played an integral role in arranging former President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, which was a turning point in U.S.-China relations. He continues to be an advocate for collaboration between the two nations, and his 2011 book “On China” delves into the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy.

Hurst is an expert on labor politics, contentious politics, political economy, and the politics of law and legal institutions, principally in China and IndonesiaHe is writing a book on the comparative politics of law and legal institutions in China and Indonesia since 1949.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2dC6vry.

To learn more about DePaul’s Chinese studies program, visit http://bit.ly/2dydsbQ.

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Source:
Li Jin
773-325-1882
ljin2@depaul.edu 

Media contact:
Kristin Mathews
312-241-9856
kristin.mathews@depaul.edu

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