Tuesday, November 08, 2011
5th Annual Event Features Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Assumption College took part in “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” a national day of programming based in Washington, D.C., on China, as part of a collaboration between the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Assumption’s Department of Business Studies. More than 50 cities throughout the United States participated in the program, which focused on the opportunities and challenges posed by China’s growing economic power.
After a short primer on US-Chinese relations presented by Cheng (Jason) Qian, a fellow in the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School and research associate at Harvard Business School, Assumption joined a live conservation between Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, via webcast. Brzezinski answered questions submitted by audience members across the country on topics ranging from international trade to the slow rise of Chinese democracy. Afterward Qian answered questions from the audience.
Eric Drouart, visiting assistant professor of management and marketing in Assumption’s Department of Business Studies, coordinated Assumption's involvement in the event. “China is such an important trade partner of the United States,” he said, “and with 1.3 billion people, it is country that every American citizen should take the opportunity to learn more about.