CCC and Franciscan Peace Center host China Town Hall November 18



Friction between the United States and China in politics, security, and trade affect the global community and influence the lives of every American. To encourage wider discussion of how Americans are being affected, leading political commentator George Stephanopoulos will host a special nationwide CHINA Town Hall conversation about key issues, risks and opportunities in the Sino-American relationship, on November 18, 2019, presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Clinton Community College and the Franciscan Peace Center will join more than 75 venues across the country for the program, featuring a panel of leading experts in discussion with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos via webcast. This informational town hall will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the CCC Auditorium, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton, IA.  The panel will be followed on-site conversations about the impact that U.S.-China relations have on the local community, its institutions, and the people themselves.

The national webcast panel will include expert speakers Melanie Hart, Senior Fellow and Director for China Policy, Center for American Progress; Yahseng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Professor, Global Economics and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ely Ratner, Vice President and Director of Studies, the Center for a New American Security; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Established in 1966, the National Committee on United States-China Relations has long been the leading American nonprofit, nonpartisan public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and Greater China.

CCC President Dr. Karen Vickers commented, “We are excited to host the CHINA Town Hall Meeting this year.  This event offers a glimpse into the relationship between the United States and China from experts in the field.”

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. The Committee's continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource. Established in 1966 by a broad coalition of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders, the Committee was founded in the belief that vigorous debate of China policy among Americans was essential and that balanced public education could clarify U.S. interests and strengthen our foreign policy. Similarly, the founders believed that over time dialogue with Chinese citizens would enhance mutual understanding, a basic requirement for stable and productive relations.

The community is invited to attend this free event that will provide opportunities to learn more about China and to listen to the perspectives of international students.  For more information, contact Ann Eisenman at Clinton Community College – 563-244-7001 or