Missoula Joins 'CHINA Town Hall' on Chinese Investments in US

September 23, 2015

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana is honored to bring the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ ninth annual “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” live webcast to Missoula on Monday, Oct. 5.

Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin will lead an expert panel in a live “town hall” meeting broadcast to audiences in more than 70 locations nationwide on what China’s investments in the U.S. mean for American workers, communities and the economy. In addition to the national webcast, Frank Jannuzi, president and CEO of the Mansfield Foundation, will be at UM to discuss “The Six Dragons Imperiling China’s Rise.”

The program begins at 5 p.m. in UM’s Todd Building Room 203. It is free and open to the public.

The event is part of efforts by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment. The program’s live webcast panel will feature Rubin, Mayor Sheldon Day of Thomasville, Alabama, where a major Chinese-owned factory is located, and Daniel Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group. The panel’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the nationwide audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

China rapidly emerged as one of the fastest-growing sources of foreign direct investment in the United States, bringing increasing numbers of Chinese companies into U.S. communities and providing jobs to tens of thousands of Americans, as described in the May 2015 report “New Neighbors: Chinese Investment in the United States by Congressional District,” released by the National Committee and the Rhodium Group. While foreign direct investment is a vital component of U.S. economic growth, employment and competitiveness, media coverage of a few high-profile Chinese investments has focused on security and economic risks.  

Following the broadcast panel discussion, Januzzi’s lecture at UM will round out the discussion on China’s economic growth by examining the potential impacts on the U.S. economy of not just China’s economic strengths, but also its weaknesses. China currently faces six internal challenges: environmental concerns, energy needs, demographics, inequality, corruption and ethnic unrest. The recent U.S. stock market volatility demonstrates one of the ways the U.S. will be affected should China’s economy falter in the face of these “six dragons.”

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading national, nonpartisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

UM’s Mansfield Center promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. The center houses programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs – the core interests and hallmarks of Sen. Mansfield’s career.This event is co-sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, UM’s School of Extended and Lifelong Learning, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Contact: Caitlin Sager, administrative assistant, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965, caitlin.sager@mso.umt.edu.