SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 05, 2016) Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, a unique 70-city live discussion and Q&A on Oct. 18 that will include local speakers at venues nationwide, including at USF Sarasota-Manatee.
The program, organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will feature a live webcast with Dr. Kissinger, who will answer questions from the nationwide audience, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.
Each of the program’s 70 venues will also host a leading expert on U.S.-China relations, who will discuss topics of concern with the local audience. At USFSM, that person will be Malcolm Riddell, an international banker, attorney and a USF alumnus. Mr. Riddell also served as a CIA case officer for China operations in the East Asia Division.
The Town Hall is free and will run from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 18, at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
China’s rapid emergence as a global player and potential partner on many U.S. policy priorities ensures that U.S.-China relations will directly impact nearly everyone in both countries. Dr. Kissinger will draw on his experience as national security advisor, secretary of state and his years teaching at Harvard University to put the current state of U.S.-China relations into perspective and chart potential policy courses for the future.
Author of On China, Dr. Kissinger is America’s leading political thinker and foreign policy expert. He served as secretary of state (1973-1977), national security advisor (1969-1975), and was instrumental in America’s re-engagement with China in the 1970s. Dr. Kissinger is chairman of Kissinger Associates and a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the leading nonprofit nonpartisan organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries.