Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 15:15

Does the Complex U.S. - China Relationship Affect American Lives and Economy?

Local discussion follows national CHINA Town Hall program featuring former U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice

Susan E. RiceAssumption College will join 90 venues across the country – and will be one of six in Massachusetts and one of two in Worcester – for the 11th annual CHINA Town Hall event, presented by the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Testa Fuller Auditorium on the Assumption College campus, 500 Salisbury St.  Former National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice will speak to audiences via webcast regarding China and the complex U.S. - China relationship, and its influence on the U.S. economy, policies, and security. Prior to the national webcast, a local expert on the Chinese economy will address an audience at Assumption .The webcast with Ambassador Rice will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

China’s emergence as a global power and role as an important trading partner and potential collaborator in key U.S. global policies ensures that U.S. - China relations could affect the lives of every American. The 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. During the national webcast, attendees will be invited to submit questions to Ambassador Rice, and each venue will have an expert speaker on-site to discuss issues of interest to the local community. The national webcast with Ambassador Rice will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

Amy Celico

The local speaker who will address the Assumption audience is  Amy Celico, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) and a principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), who leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. Celico has more than 20 years of experience working with China and U.S. relations, including service as senior director for China affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; deputy director of the Office of the Chinese Economic Area at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Research and Intelligence, and as a Vice Consul for economic affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. She is also a senior associate (non-resident) to the Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“The relationship between China and the United States is a complex one that has a tremendous impact on the everyday lives of Americans,” said Eric Drouart, professor of business at Assumption College. “The China Town Hall will be an opportunity to explore China’s economic transition and its impact on trade and international business issues.”

This is the sixth year Assumption has participated in this national event, which is hosted by the NCUSCR and sponsored locally by Assumption College’s Department of Business Studies. The NCUSCR plans this event each year with the goal of helping Americans engage in a discussion about the relationship between the United States and China. China’s rapid emergence as a global player and potential partner on many U.S. policy priorities has ensured that the Sino-American relationship will have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in both countries.

Celico earned a B.A. with honors in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College and completed her M.A. in International Economics and Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China and speaks Mandarin Chinese having spent seven years living and working in China.

Ambassador Rice was national security advisor (2013-17) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-13), 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.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this year’s CHINA Town Hall, visit www.ncuscr.org/cth

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews