On Monday, November 18, 2019, the University of Minnesota China Center and Global Minnesota served as the local hosts for the 2019 CHINA Town Hall, a project of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations that took place at over 85 venues across the United States and China. 120 guests gathered at McNamara Alumni Center for a reception with refreshments, followed by a live webcast featuring a panel of experts on the U.S.-China relationship.

The panel, moderated by George Stephanopoulos, chief anchor at ABC News, included Dr. Melanie Hart, senior fellow and director for China policy at the Center for American Progress; Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee; Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation professor of international management and faculty director of action learning at the Sloan School of Management at MIT; and Ely Ratner, executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security. The engaging panel discussion spanned a range of timely and pertinent topics, including trade policy, protests in Hong Kong, and Chinese domestic policy.

After the webcast, local speaker Chang Wang, senior partner for immigration and art law at Kingsfield Law Office, shared his remarks about the U.S.-China relationship. During a lively Q&A session, Mr. Wang answered questions from the audience on a variety of issues, including the Hong Kong legal system and Chinese students in the United States.

CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.