BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In the midst of expanding economic ties but
troubling trade disputes between the United States and China, Jon
M. Huntsman Jr., U.S ambassador to China, will present a speech on
U.S.-China relations via live interactive webcast at a China Town
Hall at the University at Buffalo.
The Oct. 18 event will take place in 120 Clemens Hall, UB North
Campus. It will be free and open to the public, and its format will
permit Huntsman take questions from the audience.
Huntsman's talk will be part of "China Town Hall: Local
Connections, National Reflections," an event coordinated by the
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and presented
simultaneously at 50 sites throughout the country.
The event at UB will begin with a reception at 7 p.m., followed
at 7:30 p.m. by introductory remarks on key U.S. foreign-policy
issues related to China by a panel of UB faculty and students.
The live webcast will begin at 8 p.m. to be followed by the
local panelists who will discuss Huntsman's remarks and take
questions from the audience.
UB panelists will be Roger Des Forges, PhD, professor,
Department of History; Kristin Stapleton, PhD, associate professor,
Department of History, and director of UB's Asian Studies Program;
Jessie Poon, PhD, professor, Department of Geography, and director,
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center; and Samuel
Fleming, a UB Asian studies major who spent the 2009-10 academic
year studying at Beijing Normal University.
Des Forges is the author or editor of several books on Chinese
history and culture, including "The Asian World: 600 to 1500" (2005
Oxford University Press) and "Chinese Walls in Time and Space: A
Multidisciplinary Perspective" (co-editor, 2010, Cornell East Asian
Stapleton is the author of "Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban
Reform, 1895-1937" (2000, Harvard University Asia Center) and
co-editor of "The Human Tradition in Modern China" (2007, Rowman
Poon is a scholar in the field of economic geography who has
been published scores of articles in refereed journals, books and
book chapters. Her areas of research are trade, investment and
finance; the political economy of Asia; Asian business networks;
and globalization and multinationals in Asia.
"Americans have many questions and concerns about China's role
in the world and the U.S.-China relationship," said Stapleton, "and
the goal of this program is to give audiences across the country
the chance to learn about U.S. policy in China directly from our
country's chief diplomat there.
"Our local panel of experts will be able to give insights into
issues that are important to Western New Yorkers," she added, "and
we also look forward to hearing what members of our audience have
to say about the direction of U.S. policy toward China."
Prior to assuming his current position in August 2009, Huntsman
served as governor of Utah, deputy assistant secretary of commerce
for Asia, U.S. ambassador to Singapore and deputy U.S. trade
representative. His public service career began as a White House
staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
The event is sponsored locally by the UB Confucius Institute,
the UB Asian Studies Program and the International Institute of
Buffalo. Funding for the national program was provided to the
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations by the Starr
The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is a non-partisan
public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and
durable relationships between the United States and China. The
committee creates opportunities like the annual China Town Hall
meetings for informed discussion and reasoned debate about issues
of common interest and concern to the United States, the People's
Republic of China and Taiwan. UB's Confucius Institute is
affiliated with UB's Asian Studies Program. The institute promotes
the teaching of Chinese language and culture at UB, in local
schools and throughout the Buffalo community, and provides teachers
and resources to schools to help them establish or expand Chinese
language programs. Major funding for the Confucius Institute is
provided by the Chinese Language Council International and the UB
College of Arts and Sciences.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.