MISSOULA – China’s increasing political and economic influence has a significant impact on the U.S. economy and U.S. global relationships, a fact that generates intense U.S. foreign and domestic policy debates. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center will bring the conversation to Missoula by hosting the eighth annual “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the University of Montana’s Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature former President Jimmy Carter 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.
China’s great gains in the past few decades are balanced by the economic and political challenges it still faces at home and abroad. To help U.S. citizens better understand China’s own goals and motivations, Carter will discuss U.S.-China relations and respond to questions from audience members at venues nationwide, including Missoula. During the on-site discussion, which will immediately follow the webcast, Kapp will address the economic challenges confronting China and how those challenges affect the U.S.
Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Under his leadership the Carter administration established U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. In 1982, he became a University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta and founded The Carter Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that addresses national and international issues of public policy. 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 70 cities throughout the United States. The event is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Center, UM’s School of Business Administration, The Carter Center and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.