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CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections



Honolulu, Hawaii


October 28, 2013
Honolulu, Hawaii

Pacific Forum was pleased to join cosponsors Hawaii Pacific Universiy and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii for Honolulu’s CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections event on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event took place at Hawaii Pacific University’s new Hale Makai location at 1 Aloha Tower Drive in the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Honolulu was one of more than 60 cities participating in this annual event, which was organized by the National Commitee on United States-China Relations, the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships bewteen the United States and China.

The program featured two parts: first, Madeleine K. Albright, former US Secretary of State, delivered remarks covering issues in the US-China relationship via live webcast. A national question-and-answer session, moderated by Stephen Orlins, President of the National Committee on US-China Relations, followed.

Second, a Honolulu-exclusive program featured remarks from Brad Glosserman, Executive Director of Pacific Forum on US-China defense and security. Gerald Kato, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Director of the Parvin Fellows Program, spoke on China-US news media relations. Betty Brow, Executive Vice President at Bank of Hawaii and President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, then discussed the chamber’s role in the US-China relationship. A question-and-answer session with all three speakers followed.

This was one of the very few free and open-to-the-public events that Pacific Forum hosts each year, and we encouraged attendance from the business, government, military, and academic communities, in addition to students, China watchers, and those interested in foreign policy.