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October 16, 2013

MISSOULA – China’s rapid development has a significant impact on the U.S. economy and U.S. global relationships. To bring the conversation to Missoula, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center will sponsor the seventh annual “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright by live webcast and on-site guest speaker Robert A. Kapp, president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates and former president of the U.S.-China Business Council.

The program begins at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Todd Building Room 203 at the University of Montana, and it’s free and open to the public.

Despite China’s great gains in the past few decades, it still faces economic and political challenges. Albright will discuss U.S.-China relations, responding to questions from audience members at nationwide venues, including Missoula. Immediately following in an on-site discussion, Kapp will address the economic challenges confronting China, with a focus on the future of the Xi Jinping regime. 

In 1997, Albright was named the 64th – and first female – secretary of state of the United States. Before that appointment, Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations for four years and was a member of the president’s Cabinet. Kapp served as president of the U.S.-China Business Council for 10 years. He has been a leader in sustaining strong, respectful relations between the two nations through congressional testimony, articles and media appearances.   

“CHINA Town Hall” is a national day of programming on China involving 60 cities throughout the United States. The event is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Center, UM’s School of Extended and Lifelong Learning and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

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