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5th Annual China Town Hall

October 19 @ 4:55 pm - 7:00 pm MDT

International webcast and local discussion


5-6 PM:  Webcast

U.S. and China national speaker Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) for CNN Worldwide, The Washington Post columnist, and bestselling author will begin with a discussion of today’s most important issues and the critical roles the United States and China play in an era of rapid global change. This will set a general discussion for our local session immediately following.

6-7 PM:  Idaho Session

A discussion of the impact of U.S.-China relations on the Pacific Northwest lead by William McCahill, senior resident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research, former Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and a longtime senior advisor to top financial, legal, and government entities working with China following a 25-year career at the State Department. We will focus on the recent changes in Chinese economic policy, the unsettled trade issues, as well as expected changes in the upcoming plenum meeting and their impact on Pacific Northwest and Idaho businesses and communities. We will have ample time in the second session for Q&A with Mr. McCahill, who keynoted the 2020 Idaho China Town Hall and drew a large and distinguished crowd during his last visit to Boise in November 2019 as keynote for the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations and at the Honors College.

Zoom link:

Submit questions to the 5-6 p.m. webcast:

Audience members are encouraged to reach out to the panel with their questions via social media. You may either record a video of yourself asking your question (see below for instructions), or write it out in a tweet or post.

  • Twitter: In Privacy & Safety, be sure to un-check “Protect your tweets” so we can see your video or message. In your tweet, use the hashtag #CTH2021 and tag @NCUSCR.
  • Facebook: Make sure that your post is set to “Public” (not “Friends”). In your post, use the hashtag #CTH2021 and tag @National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. To ensure proper tagging, rather than pasting, start typing in “@National Committee on U” until the name appears in the drop-down, then click to complete the tag.

Questions at the 6-7 panel:

For the local 6-7 MST panel with Bill McCahill we will field questions directly from the Zoom audience in order of written appearance in the chat.

Students: your professors may be offering extra credit.