LEWISBURG - Members of the Bucknell University community will participate in the national China Town Hall event "Local Connections, National Reflections," featuring U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke, on Monday, Oct. 29, in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.
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 China-related issues with leading experts. CHINA Town Hall is generously underwritten by the Starr Foundation.
"This is the first time that Bucknell University has worked with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to host this national event," said Zhiqun Zhu, MacArthur Chair in East Asian Politics and associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell.
"Given the importance of U.S.-China relations today and a fairly prominent role of China in this U.S. presidential election, we are extremely happy that Bucknell can be part of this national discussion."
The Bucknell event begins at 6:45 p.m. with the talk, "U.S. Strategic Rebalancing toward Asia and Its Impact on US-China Relations," by Bonnie Glaser, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies where she works on issues related to Chinese foreign and security policy.
Glaser has written extensively on Chinese threat perceptions and views of the strategic environment, China's foreign policy, U.S.-China military ties, cross-strait relations, Chinese assessments of the Korean peninsula, and Chinese perspectives on missile defense and multilateral security in Asia.
Her writings have been published in the Washington Quarterly, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, International Security, Problems of Communism, Contemporary Southeast Asia, American Foreign Policy Interests, Far Eastern Economic Review, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, New York Times, and International Herald Tribune, as well as various edited volumes on Asian security. She is a regular contributor to the Pacific Forum quarterly web journal Comparative Connections.
Glaser is a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her B.A. in political science from Boston University and her M.A. with concentrations in international economics and Chinese studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Glaser's talk will be followed by a webcast talk by Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China, at 8 p.m. Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve as Ambassador to China and as Secretary of Commerce. He also served two terms as governor of Washington prior to his appointment to President Obama's cabinet.
Locke has extensive experience working with China. As Secretary of Commerce, he co-chaired two sessions of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade that resulted in important changes to Chinese trade policy. As Governor of Washington, he strengthened economic ties between China and Washington, more than doubling the state's exports to China to more than $5 billion per year. As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he co-chaired the firm's China practice.
Locke's grandfather emigrated from China to Washington, initially finding employment as a servant, working in exchange for English lessons. His father, also born in China, was a small business owner, operating a grocery store where Locke worked while receiving his education in Seattle public schools. Locke went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Boston University.
Both events, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored with the MacArthur Chair in East Asian Politics program, the Departments of Political Science, International Relations and East Asian studies, and Communications and Events Management offices at Bucknell, as well as the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
"We are fortunate to have at Bucknell a scholar of Professor Zhu's standing who can assemble such a meaningful event and are pleased that Bucknell can serve as this public forum on such timely global issues," said Pete Mackey, vice president for communications and community relations at Bucknell.