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October 25, 2012

China Town Hall 2012

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The U-M Center for Chinese Studies and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

CHINA Town Hall: A national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States

Monday, October 29, 2012
Rackham 4th floor Amphitheater

915 East Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Free and open to the public.

6:00 pm: Reception (West Conference Room, 4th floor Rackham)
We invite you to a reception to meet the Honorable Richard H. Solomon, Senior Fellow, Rand Corporation

7:00 pm: Talk: Wrestling with the Dragon: The Contemporary Challenges of Managing U.S.-China Relations
4th floor Amphitheater of Rackham

A presentation by the Honorable Richard H. Solomon

Forty years ago, President Nixon and Chairman Mao changed the dynamic of the Cold War by ending two decades of US-China confrontation. In the subsequent decades China opened up and has taken off -- under Deng Xiaoping's "kai fang" policies. Today China is a global economic powerhouse, with fifth generation leaders trying to reconcile their one-party political system with the needs and demands of a mobilized society. How will they use China's economic power and and growing global influence to attain long-held political and economic goals? Managing contemporary US-China relations is a major challenge for America's foreign policy -- and for China's.

8:00 pm: Live Webcast Interview ~ Gary F. Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China

The interview with Ambassador Locke will be moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Questions from the Audience: Audience members may participate in this interview by submitting questions to the National Committee. Members with smart phones may send in questions during the evening's presentation to: chinatownhall2012@gmail. Please include the name of the local venue (University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies) in your message. They will only pull questions from e-mails that include the name of the local venue. You can also tweet questions to @NCUSCR.

Richard H. Solomon served as president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a congressionally established and funded organization, between 1993 and 2012. He led its growth into a nationally recognized center of international conflict management analysis and applied programs around the world. He currently is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation.

Prior to his tenure at the Institute of Peace, Solomon was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1989 to 1992. In that position he negotiated the Cambodia peace agreement (the first United Nations Security Council conflict settlement); had a leading role in the dialogue on nuclear issues between the United States and South and North Korea; helped establish the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative; and led U. S. negotiations with Japan, Mongolia and Vietnam on important bilateral matters. In 1992–1993 Solomon served as U. S. ambassador to the Philippines, where he coordinated the closure of the U.S. naval facilities and developed a new framework for bilateral and regional security cooperation.

Solomon previously served as director of policy planning in the State Department (1986-89), and as a senior staff member of the National Security Council (1971-76), where he participated in the normalization of relations with China. He began his career in 1966 as professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He also served for a decade as head of the political science department at the RAND Corporation (1976-86).

In 1995 Solomon was awarded the State Department's Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, and he has received awards for policy initiatives from the governments of Korea and Thailand, and the Cambodian community in the U.S. In 2005 he received the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award for “notable public service by a political scientist.”

Solomon holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published eight books on a range of topics related to international affairs.

Posted by zzhu at October 25, 2012 08:06 PM