McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Room
200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Join us at the 2017 CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, organized by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and locally hosted by the University of Minnesota China Center and Global Minnesota. It is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss Sino-U.S. issues in the relationship with leading experts. 

Free and open to the campus and community. Please RSVP below.


  • 5:00 pm: Guests arrival, reception with light dinner  
  • 5:45 pm:  Welcome and recognition of sponsors  
  • 6:00 pm: Live webcast with The Honorable Susan Rice, former national security advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations  
  • 7:00 pm: Local Speaker: “5 Things You Should Know about U.S.-China Trade” Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President at U.S.-China Business Council.  
  • 8:00 pm: End of event    

Biography of Speakers  

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The Honorable Susan Rice, former national security advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the UN

Ambassador Susan E. Rice served President Barack Obama as national security advisor and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. In her role as national security advisor from July 1, 2013, to January 20, 2017, Ambassador Rice led the National Security Council staff and chaired the Cabinet-level National Security Principals Committee. She provided the President daily national security briefings and was responsible for coordinating the formulation and implementation of all aspects of the Administration’s foreign and national security policy, intelligence, and military efforts.  

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Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President at U.S.-China Business Council

Erin Ennis has been Senior Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council since February 2015, after serving as Vice President since 2005. She directs USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work and oversees USCBC’s Business Advisory Services. Founded in 1973, USCBC provides extensive China-focused information, advisory, and advocacy services, to more than 215 US corporations. She is a cleared advisor as part of the US Government’s International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) system and Vice Chair of the ITAC’s Investment Working Group.      


Organizers and Sponsors

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