China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.
Jon Huntsman Jr., U. S. Ambassador to China, will give a 15 minute update on U.S. - China relations via live webcast from Washington, DC or Beijing. He will then answer questions submitted via online "Question Kiosks" from local venues. Mr. Huntsman serves as US Ambassador to China since August 2009. His career included serving as Governor of Utah, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.
The Portland program will focus on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China. On June 29, 2010, Taiwan and China signed this landmark bilateral trade agreement that will make Taiwan a new gateway to China. The ECFA, which came into effect on Sept 12, 2010, is the most significant cross-strait agreements signed so far between Taiwan and China. The ECFA is essentially a “free trade agreement” to foster closer economic relationships between the two parties.
Jacqueline Fu, Partner, K & L Gates, Taipei Office, will provide the overview and background of the ECFA between Taiwan and China. Ms. Fu received her LLB from National Taiwan University and LLM from Harvard Law School. She is licensed in both New York and Taiwan. Her practice focuses on corporate, investment and M & A work. Ms. Fu has served as Supervisor and Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan.
Darryl Johnson, Former U.S. Ambassador, will continue Ms. Fu's presentation on ECFA, and will discuss its political, economic and social implications. He will also provide discussions on the geography and politics of China and its neighbors. Mr. Johnson served in the US Foreign Service for 40 years. He retired in 2005 and currently teaches part-time in the Henry M. Jackson School at the University of Washington.
Buffet dinner will be served. Networking reception will take place after the presentations.