UNT will join more than 80 venues across the country in hosting a livestream of the CHINA Town Hall, a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our cities, towns and communities. From supply chains to national security, new technologies to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with one another and the global community.
The Oct. 19 event will feature CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria in conversation with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations President Stephen Orlins. Following the livestream of that talk, UNT History Professor Harold Tanner, who specializes in modern China and Chinese military history, will moderate an in-person discussion on the UNT campus about how U.S.-China relations impact the local community, its institutions and people.
"This is an important conversation for people to be aware of and participate in because the United States increasingly sees China as a 'near-peer competitor' for global power," said Tanner, who is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
"Possible points of conflict include the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea and the Diaoyu (or Senkaku) Islands. At the same time, China and the U.S. continue to be deeply engaged in mutual trade and investments, and share global concerns including the COVID-19 epidemic and climate change. As a result, the U.S.-China relationship is the most important international relationship of our time, and one which will play a profound role in shaping the world of the future."
Established in 1966, the National Committee on United States-China Relations is the leading American nonprofit, nonpartisan public affairs organization devoted to building constructive relations between the United States and Greater China.