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China Lecture at Scott Community College

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October 20, 2017
The United States relationship with China is in the news regularly, even more so in Iowa with the recent appointment of former Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to the country.
 
Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges are providing a rare opportunity for people to learn more about that relationship on October 24 and 25.
 
First, on October 24, Muscatine Community College (MCC) has partnered with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations as part of an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations featuring former National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
 
The event, CHINA Town Hall, includes both the discussion with Rice, via webcast, and a local presentation by Allen Barber II, President of Denver-Hainan Corporation. It begins at 6 p.m in MCC’s Student Services Center, 152 Colorado St., and is free and open to the public.
 
Rice will join audiences across America for a live “town hall” event on China and the complex U.S.-China relationship and its influence on the U.S. economy, policies and security. The presentation examines America’s economic, political and security relations with China.
 
Then, on October 25, Barber will present at Scott Community College. That event will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. in the college’s Student Life Center, 500 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf. It is also free and open to the public.
 
Ambassador Rice was national security advisor (2013-2017) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), as well as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Her critical role as a presidential advisor developing and executing policies U.S. foreign policy make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant during this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship.
 
Barber will share his unique perspective on China during the local portion of the event. He began working with Chinese executives in 1987, assisting with the development of Hainan Island. His company continues to provide customized assistance for Chinese and US companies.
 
Barber has served as Investment Advisor to Nankai District of Tianjin, Friendly Representative for Human International Exchange for Hunan Province, and advisor to China Xinhua News Network Corporation. His network of Chinese executives, diplomats, government officials, institutes, scholars and media keeps him well informed of development and changes within contemporary China.
 
China’s emergence as a global power, role as an important trading partner and potential collaborator in key U.S. global policies ensures that U.S.-China relations will affect the lives of every American. CHINA Town Hall will help audiences around the country understand the challenges and opportunities of what has been characterized as the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.
 
For 50 years, the National Committee on United States-China Relations has been the leading national, non-partisan, nonprofit public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.
 
Muscatine and Scott Community College are part of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Muscatine Community College has an extensive history partnering with China. This has included sending students to the country and providing China with information regarding the formation of community colleges there.
 
More information about the live town hall portion of the event is available at www.ncuscr.org/content/2017-china-town-hall-susan-rice<http://www.ncuscr.org/content/2017-china-town-hall-susan-rice>   For more information about the presentation at Muscatine Community College call 563-288-6001.

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