Program | China Town Hall | Oct 18, 2016

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The Tennessee World Affairs Council, the International Business Council of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the International Center for Business at Belmont University in association with the National Committee on US-China Relations

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China Town Hall:

Local Connections, National Reflections

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

5:30 Check-in/Networking
6:00 Webcast Start
7:00 Local Panel Start

Belmont University, Frist Lecture Hall
Inman Health Sciences Building


Part 1 – Dr. Henry A. Kissinger – National Webcast


Part 2 – Nashville Panel

  • John Scannapieco – Baker Donelson Global Business Team Co-Leader


  • Elizabeth Rowland – Director, TN-China Network


  • Jeremy Goldkorn – Co–Host Sinica Podcast; Founder Danwei Web Site on Chinese Media


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CHINA Town Hall is a two part program presented on October 18th. Part 1 is a national web cast featuring Dr. Kissinger followed immediately with a live panel at Belmont University to continue the conversation about China-US relations.


CHINA Town Hall

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 issues in the relationship with leading experts.


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Henry A. Kissinger will be the national webcast speaker for our tenth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, to be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. In addition to his years as national security advisor (1969-1975) and secretary of state (1973-1977), Dr. Kissinger has also taught at Harvard University and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. While national security advisor, Dr. Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations. His many decades of efforts to strengthen the Sino-American relationship are why we can think of no better person to serve as our CHINA Town Hall speaker as we mark the National Committee’s 50th Anniversary in 2016.

John Scannapieco

John-ScannapiecoJohn M. Scannapieco is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson and is a co-leader of the Firm’s Global Business Team. Business is increasingly global in scope with improved technology, transportation and communication, as well as increased migration and the movement of people, all of which has increased globalization, making cross-border business and trade more practical. John provides strategic guidance and counsel to businesses and individuals regarding their existing global operations or to those contemplating global expansion.


Elizabeth Rowland

rowlandElizabeth Rowland founded TN-China Network in the fall of 2014 after having worked in government policy, law, and business for nearly a decade in both the US and China. After serving as a legislative aide in Washington, DC, for a US Congressman from Tennessee, Elizabeth moved to China in 2007 and founded Abella Galleries, an online jewelry company that sourced from China. From 2010 to 2012, Elizabeth joined the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) as a policy analyst and editor of the Chamber’s American Business in China White Paper.  As coordinator and later Vice Chair for AmCham China’s Policy Committee, she also collaborated with Chamber leadership to formulate and execute policy advocacy priorities and strategies. In 2012, Elizabeth joined the Beijing office of Covington & Burling law firm as senior manager of policy analysis (a non-lawyer). In addition to tracking and analyzing opportunities and challenges created by Chinese and US investment and trade policies, Elizabeth facilitated client development through an InvestUSA initiative to connect Chinese investors with US companies seeking investment.


Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy-Goldkorn-photoJeremy Goldkorn is the founder and director of Danwei, a research firm which began life in 2003 as a website that translated and analyzed Chinese media, Internet, government regulation, and censorship. In 2009, shortly after Goldkorn opened a consulting business in Beijing to operate the website, it was blocked, and the company pivoted to providing media and market research services. The Financial Times acquired Danwei in 2013.


Last Year’s China Town Hall — Tennessee World Affairs Council / Belmont University

China Town Hall | Oct 5, 2015 | Speaker and National Webcast

Part 1 Webcast

Part 2 Nashville Event – Speaker: Jeremy Goldkorn

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