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October 09, 2012


U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke will speak in a webcast titled “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in James E. Todd Building Room 210 at The University of Montana. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be broadcast to 50 select U.S. cities and is organized by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM.

Locke will discuss the U.S.-China relationship in a live webcast and respond to questions from audience members at nationwide venues, including Missoula. The webcast will be followed by an on-site discussion with local China experts Terry Weidner, Mansfield senior fellow in Asian affairs and Steven I. Levine, UM research faculty associate, who will discuss U.S.-China relations from the perspective of the Chinese party congress in November.

Locke has served in Beijing since August 2011. Previously, he served as

U.S. secretary of commerce and as governor of Washington state. Along with his longstanding commitment to public service, Locke has extensive experience working with China, particularly in trade. Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve in these government posts.

The China Town Hall is co-sponsored by The Mansfield Center, the UM School of Extended and Lifelong Learning, the Montana World Affairs Council and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

For more information call Deena Mansour, associate director of The Mansfield Center, at 406-243-2713, email or visit





Contact: Deena Mansour, associate director, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2713,