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China Town Hall

CHINA Town Hall. Local COnnections, National Reflections.

CHINA Town Hall connects leading China experts with Americans around the country for a national conversation on the implications of China’s rise on U.S.-China relations and its impact on our towns, states, and nation.  The National Committee is proud to partner with a range of institutions and community groups, colleges and universities, trade and business associations, and world affairs councils to bring this important national conversation to local communities around America for the 17th consecutive year.

Learn more about CHINA Town Hall at The National Committee on United States-China Relations’ website

EVENT: CHINA Town Hall with Nicholas Burns  National Event Keynote October 11, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Nationwide Discussion: October 11, 7:00pm

The National Discussion can be viewed at

Nicholas Burns is U.S. Ambassador to China. Nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate, he was sworn into office on December 22, 2021. 

As Ambassador, he leads a team of experienced, dedicated, and diverse public servants from 47 U.S. government agencies and sub-agencies at the U.S. Mission in China, including at the Embassy in Beijing and at the American Consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Shenyang.  He oversees the Mission’s interaction with the PRC on the full range of political, security, economic, commercial, consular, and many other issues that shape this critical relationship.  

Ambassador Burns has had a distinguished career in American diplomacy, serving six U.S. Presidents and nine Secretaries of State over 27 years. His State Department roles have included Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department’s third-ranking official and most senior career diplomat (2005-2008); U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005); U.S. Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001); and State Department spokesman (1995-1997). Before that, he worked at the National Security Council at the White House (1990-1995) where he served as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and as Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush during the collapse of the USSR.  

Ambassador Burns’ engagement with China also spans decades. He first visited the PRC in 1988, accompanying Secretary of State George Shultz, and then again in 1989 with President George H.W. Bush. He made subsequent visits with Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, including during the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the PRC in 1997. As Under Secretary of State, he worked with the PRC government on a diverse range of issues, including Afghanistan, North Korea, United Nations sanctions against Iran and U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific.  As a private citizen, he also created and managed an Aspen Strategy Group policy dialogue with the PRC government’s Central Party School.  

Ambassador Burns has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, and has received fifteen honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award.   

A graduate of Boston College and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Ambassador Burns is currently on a public service leave from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he was the Goodman Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations and founded the school’s Future of Diplomacy Project.  

Southwest Virginia Community College will join more than 80 venues across the country for the program, which will feature Ambassador Huntsman in conversation with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations President Stephen Orlins, followed by on-site discussions about U.S.-China relations and the issues that are having an impact on each local community, its institutions, and the people themselves.

Established in 1966, the National Committee on United States-China Relations is the leading American non-profit, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted to building constructive relations between the United States and Greater China.

EVENT: CHINA TOWN HALL Local Discussion with Susan Brownell  October 11, 7:45 p.m. EDT

Local Discussion: October 11, 7:45pm

Join Southwest Virginia Community College following the national keynote for a discussion with Susan Brownell at 7:45pm.

Our discussion is available in person and online. Join us on campus in Dellinger Hall room 116 or join online via Zoom:

Susan Brownell is Professor of Anthropology and University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her first book, Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People’s Republic (1995) drew on her experience as a national champion collegiate athlete in China. Surrounding both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, she gave interviews to nearly 100 journalists from over 20 countries. She is the author of Beijing’s Games: What the Olympics Mean to China (2008), co-author of The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics (2018), and has published multiple works and commentaries about China and sports. She has just returned from a research trip in China, where she observed the Asian Games (the world’s biggest sport mega-event), and visited Hong Kong.

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Dellinger Hall room 116

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All Locations: 2-Hour Delay on Monday, January 22, 2024.