The Chinese Economy and its Impact on Central Massachusetts Families and Businesses

Oct. 16, 2021
Graphic promoting the National Committee on U.S. China Relation's (NCUSCR) national China Town Hall on YouTube featuring Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s Global Public Square, or GPS.

Assumption University will once again join organizations across the United States in hosting a local discussion on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our cities, towns, and communities. The National Committee on U.S. China Relations (NCUSCR) will host a national China Town Hall on YouTube featuring Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s Global Public Square, or GPS. Zakaria, a best-selling author and columnist for the Washington Post will provide insight on the most critical issues facing U.S.-China relations, as well as the global community in the 21st century. 

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This is the tenth year Assumption has participated in this national event hosted by the NCUSCR and sponsored locally by Assumption’s Grenon School of Business. Established in 1966, NCUSCR has long been the leading American nonprofit, nonpartisan public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and Greater China.

Following the 15th annual national CHINA Town Hall keynote event on Tuesday, October 19, from 7 to 8 p.m., the local segment of the program at Assumption will feature Allen Barber II, founder of a U.S.-based company that supports U.S. businesses in their efforts to expand in Chinese markets from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the NCUSCR, the China Town Hall is a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship impacts local economies and other factors. From supply chains to national security, new technologies, to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with one another and the global community. The nationwide CHINA Town Hall will encourage conversation about critical issues, risks, and opportunities to promote a more comprehensive discussion of how Americans are impacted during these turbulent times.

“We, at Assumption University’s Grenon School of Business, are pleased to co-sponsor this and other events that engage our students and communities and promote discourse on important global issues,” said Prof. Bechard, Ph.D.  “Increasing awareness and understanding of international business practices and affairs, and the development of cross-cultural competencies, are critical to our mission and the success of our students.”

Barber founded the Denver-Hainan Corporation (DHC), which assists State Owned Enterprise (SOE) executives in finding U.S technology and partners to modernize their companies, then structures relationships benefiting both sides. According to the NCUSCR, the DHC evolves with a rapidly changing China, working on projects throughout China and the U.S. Allen utilizes his extensive and continually expanding network of executives, associations, businesses, and governmental officials in both countries to assist in achieving desired objectives. His network of Chinese executives, diplomats, government officials, institutes, scholars, and media is his source of knowledge of contemporary China and keeps him well informed of developments and changes within China.