China Town Hall 2019

China Town Hall 2019

November 18, 2019 @ 6 PM 

University Center Room 330

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM will host this community conversation on China. The public is invited to participate in vigorous table talk discussions on such topics as trade, politics, human rights, aging and education.

The Mansfield Center will join the National Council on U.S. China Relations for the national CHINA Town Hall event that will feature a webcast discussion moderated by ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopolous. Following the national webcast, the evening will feature eight table-based discussions with local experts on a variety of topics, including the U.S.-China Trade War, Education in China, and the continuing protests in Hong Kong.

Interim Executive Director Deena Mansour noted, “UM is a statewide leader in developing international education opportunities for our community. Given the critical national security importance of China to the U.S., we are honored to host a conversation on China that features nationwide access and local expertise.”

CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation on China taking place in more than 100 venues across the country. The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the U.S. and China.

UM’s Mansfield Center fosters globally-minded leaders of integrity by providing programming in international engagement and ethics in public affairs. More information is available at

While free and open to the public, RSVPs to are requested for those who wish to select their specific table discussion. Given the hour, heavy appetizers also will be served.

Table Talk Topics:

Dr. Jingjing SunDr. Jingjing Sun

UM Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

How China and the U.S Can Educate Future Generations 

Joanna SheltonJoanna R. Shelton

Former Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

China's Economy Prospects and Risks

Dr. Terry WeidnerDr. Terry Weidner

Professor of Chinese Politics 

Former Director of the Mansfield Center 

U.S. - China Balance of Power

Si GaoSi Gao

UM Doctoral Candidate in Forest and Conservation Science

Growing up in China: Reflections of Youth and Education Systems

Bob SeidenschwarzRobert Seidenschwarz

Founding Partner of SG Long Financial

China's Economy, Featuring its Current Status, the Belt and Road Initiative, and Challenges Presented by an Aging Population

Dexter RobertsDexter Roberts

Award-Winning Journalist and Speaker

Former China Bureau Chief and Asia News Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek

Will the U.S. - China Trade War Ever End?

Phyllis NgaiDr. Phyllis Ngai

UM Adjunct Associate Professor of Communication

Current Situation in Hong Kong

Yueyang HuYueyang Hu

UM College of Business Administration Graduate Student

Sino - U.S. Mutual Influence on Politics and Elections