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UB Confucius Institute and World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara To Host China Town Hall November 18

On Monday, November 18, the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) and the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) will host China Town Hall in 403 Hayes Hall on the UB South Campus. China Town Hall is an annual national day of programming on China organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. China Town Hall provides Americans across the United States the opportunity to learn from leading experts about important policy issues and engage in discussion with them. 

The event will begin at 5:00 pm with a local roundtable on tariffs and trade, followed by a national webcast at 6:00 and Q&A and discussion at 7:00. Registration and refreshments will be served beginning at 4:30.

China Town Hall is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested online at or by email to

The China Town Hall 2019 national webcast will consist of a panel discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. Panelists will include:

  • Melanie Hart, Senior Fellow and Director of China Policy at the Center for American Progress
  • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on United States-China Relations
  • Ely Ratner, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

The local roundtable with presentations and discussion will include:

  • Winston Chang, Professor of Economics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • Damon Piatek, President and CEO, Welke Customs Brokers USA
  • John Thomas, Professor of Operations Management and Strategy and Dean Emeritus, School of Management, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Free public parking after 3:00 pm is available on the UB South Campus. The closest parking lots to Hayes Hall are the Townsend, Parker and Diefendorf lots.

View the South Campus map to find Hayes Hall (#1 on the map), handicapped parking options, and other parking lots.

For additional information and questions:
Bruce Acker at the Confucius Institute (716-645-7919 /
Ashica Ambu at World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (716-852-7160 /