10.18.2016 CHINA Town Hall


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
University of Connecticut, Laurel Hall, Room 305
6:45 PM Welcome
Dr. Daniel Weiner, Vice President for Global Affairs, University of Connecticut

7:00PM National Webcast
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

8:00 PM Introductions
Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Senior Advisor on East Asia, Global Affairs, University of Connecticut; and Senior Vice President for Research, National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

8:05 PM Keynote & Discussion
The Honorable William Zarit, Vice Chairman of the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in China; former Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing


The University of Connecticut is honored to be a local host for the 10th Annual CHINA Town Hall. This event is a national day of programming on China involving 70 cities throughout the United States.

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. To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting the tenth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide. The program will feature a live webcast discussion with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

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HenryKissinger_06B227:00 PM NATIONAL WEBCAST

Speaker: Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

Moderator: Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Henry Alfred Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. In July 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984-1990 he served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986-1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board since 2001.

At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a Counselor to and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an Honorary Governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an Honor Member of the International Olympic Committee. Among his other activities, Dr. Kissinger served as a member of the Board of Directors of ContiGroup Companies, Inc. from 1988-2014 and remains an Advisor to the Board, a position he also holds at American Express Company since 2005, after serving on the Board from 1984. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a Director Emeritus of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.; and a Director of the International Rescue Committee.

Among the awards Dr. Kissinger has received have been a Bronze Star from the U.S. Army in 1945; the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973; the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) in 1977; and the Medal of Liberty (given one time to ten foreign-born American leaders) in 1986.

Dr. Kissinger was born in Fuerth, Germany, came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a United States citizen in 1943. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954.

From 1954 until 1969 he was a member of the faculty of Harvard University, in both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs. He was Director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1952 to 1969.

Dr. Kissinger is the author of:

  • A World Restored: Castlereagh, Metternich and the Restoration of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957);
  • Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (1957);
  • The Necessity for Choice: Prospects of American Foreign Policy (1961);
  • The Troubled Partnership: A Reappraisal of the Atlantic Alliance (1965);
  • Problems of National Strategy: A Book of Readings (ed.) (1965);
  • American Foreign Policy, Three Essays (1969);
  • White House Years (1979);
  • For the Record: Selected Statements, 1977-1980 (1981);
  • Years of Upheaval (1982);
  • Observations: Selected Speeches and Essays, 1982-1984 (1985);
  • Diplomacy (1994);
  • Years of Renewal (1999);
  • Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century (2001);
  • Ending the Vietnam War: A History of America’s Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War (2003);
  • Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises (2003); and On China (May 2011).

He has also published numerous articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs and diplomatic history. His column, syndicated by Tribune Media Services International, appears in leading U.S. and international newspapers.

Dr. Kissinger is married to the former Nancy Maginnes and is the father of two children by a previous marriage.


posts-2016-10-18-china-town-hall-bill-zarit8:00 PM KEYNOTE & DISCUSSION

Speaker: The Honorable William Zarit, Vice Chairman of the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in China; former Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Discussant: Dr. Francis Ahking, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut

William Zarit advises major Chinese companies how to navigate the U.S. investment market, and helps U.S. multinationals working in the Chinese commercial environment. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Until May 2014 Mr. Zarit was Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. He retired with the rank of Career Minister.

Prior to his posting to Beijing, Mr. Zarit was Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Operations, for the U.S. Commercial Service, overseeing Commercial Sections in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. The U.S. Commercial Service is the Federal Government’s front line trade agency, promoting both U.S. exports and foreign investment into the U.S., and protecting U.S. commercial interests overseas. Prior to that Mr. Zarit served as the U.S. Commercial Service’s Regional Director for East Asia/Pacific. Mr. Zarit previously served as Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the American Institute in Taiwan.

Before joining the U.S. Commercial Service Mr. Zarit was Economic and Commercial Program Officer for the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Prior to that he served as Marketing Manager/China for the California-based telecommunications firm Pacific Telesis International, preceded by his work as Project Manager for the high-tech marketing firm China Business Associates, both positions based in Beijing. Mr. Zarit also served as Mandarin Chinese Interpreter for the U.S. State Department Language Services.

He earned an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.