Drury University one of 100 sites to host live global discussion on China

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 20, 2018 — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join audiences at Drury and across the nation for a live “town hall” event addressing the complex relationship between the U.S. and China and its influence on the U.S. economy, policies, and security, on October 9.

The local event will be held in Drury’s Lay Hall Auditorium, beginning at 4:45 p.m. The public is invited to join in this timely conversation with top national experts.

The 12th annual CHINA Town Hall, presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will be hosted by approximately 100 local partners across the U.S. and China. Rice will join each location via a live interactive webcast, and each venue will also have an expert speaker on-site to discuss issues of interest to the local community. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the former Secretary of State in a moderated discussion.

China’s emergence as a global power, role as an important trading partner, and potential collaborator in key U.S. global policies ensures that U.S.-China relations affect the lives of every American. Occurring during a time of change and uncertainty, CHINA Town Hall will help audiences to understand the challenges and opportunities of what has been characterized as the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.

An esteemed diplomat and leader, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to ever hold the post. She also was a National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold that position.

The local speaker will be Jeff Moon, a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs who served in the White House until January 2017. Moon will be speaking on “U.S.-China Trade: Prospects and Perils,” highlighting how trade policy is made in the U.S., noting changes in policy that the Trump Administration has introduced, and pointing to the issues currently at stake in U.S.-China trade negotiations as well as to prospects for a resolution of the dispute.

An expert government and trade consultant, Moon also served on the White House National Security Council during the Obama and Bush Administrations. During a 21-year career as a U.S. State Department diplomat, he served in Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei, and on the China Desk in Washington, D.C. In the private sector, he was a government relations vice president at Cisco and Dolby, completing assignments in Beijing, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. He has spent 10 years working in China since his first visit in 1984.

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