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Joins CHINA Town Hall on Chinese Investments in the U.S.

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To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting its ninth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide on Monday, Oct. 5. The program will feature a live webcast panel discussion with Robert Rubin, former secretary of the treasury, Mayor Sheldon Day (of Thomasville, Alabama, location of a major Chinese-owned factory), and Daniel Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group. The panel’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

Locally this event begins at 5:30 pm in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) atrium. The national webcast will launch at 6 pm in LSBE Room 118, and a local panel discussion will immediately follow at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public, however, people interested in attending this event should register by emailing Sara Pitterle at

In addition to the national webcast, each local venue will feature an expert speaking on a China-related topic of interest to the local community. UMD will welcome three panelists for its discussion. Pat Waddick, president of Cirrus Aircraft, Brian Chang, president and founder of Pacific Investment Partners, and David Edmiston, senior international trade specialist in the Minneapolis office of the U.S. Commercial Service, will share their perspectives on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Twin Ports and broader Minnesota Region.

China has rapidly emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of FDI in the United States, increasing the number of Chinese companies into U.S. communities and providing jobs to tens of thousands of Americans, as described in the May 2015 report “New Neighbors:  Chinese Investment in the United States by Congressional District,” released by the National Committee and the Rhodium Group. While the FDI is a vital component of U.S. economic growth, employment and competitiveness, media coverage of a few high profile Chinese investments have focused on security and economic risks.   

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

LSBE is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business); LSBE recently earned continuation of accreditation. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious distinction. In Northeastern Minnesota, LSBE is the only school to have attained AACSB accreditation. Its website is



September 2015

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