China was the main topic of conversation at the final presidential debate last night.
Both candidates promised to “get tough” with China while acknowledging the Asian giant is the United States’s most important trading partner.
The conversation continues next Monday, Oct. 29 when the World Affairs Council presents the United States Ambassador to China at its Sixth Annual China Town Hall.
Gary F. Locke, ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, will be the keynote speaker for the event in a webcast at Bellarmine University.
The topic will be “Political and Economic Trends in China: Implications for U.S.–China Trade.”
Also scheduled to speak is Elizabeth Wishnick, senior research scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University in New York.
Wishnick is scheduled to make her presentation at 6:30 p,m,, with Locke’s webcast scheduled for 8 p.m.
A question and answer session will follow the speakers.
Locke is the first Chinese-American to be appointed ambassador to China.
The event is free and open to the public, though you need a ticket, which you can order here.
Here’s Locke’s bio:
Locke assumed duty as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China on Aug. 13, 2011. Previously, Ambassador Locke served as the Secretary of Commerce where he worked to implement President Obama’s agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. As the administration’s point person for achieving the President’s National Export Initiative, he presided over a 17 percent increase in exports from 2009 to 2010, while exports to China saw a 32 percent increase. Before his appointment to the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as Governor of Washington. He expanded the sale of Washington products and services by leading trade missions to Asia, Mexico and Europe.
Elizabeth Wishnick is an associate professor of political science and law at Montclair State University and a senior research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. Her current book project, China as a Risk Society, examines how the rising demand for oil, water usage issues, and food safety/security shape Chinese foreign relations with Asia-Pacific states. She writes on great power relations and regional development in Asia and is the author of numerous articles, writing on topics such as China’s energy relations, food industry, and wine market.
About The World Affairs Council: The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote international affairs to the region through its international visitor program and speaker events.