CHINA Town Hall: Tariffs and Trade with China
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CHINA Town Hall is a business-focused conversation on China taking place in communities throughout the United States and China. This year, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will address a national audience, including our Kansas City participants, via live stream; participants will be able to submit questions via social media. Following the live stream, a panel of Kansas City-based experts will address the audience in person.

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
4:30-7 p.m
Where: KC Chamber Board Room in Union Station
30 W Pershing Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

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About the Event
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 twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall: Tariffs and Trade with China at more than 70 locations nationwide. The program will feature a live webcast discussion with former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and an in-person panel with Kansas City-based business experts.


Admission is free with RSVP. Refreshments will be served.

Event Schedule

4:30-5 p.m.   Doors open; networking

5-6 p.m.        Via live stream, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, moderated by Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

6-7 p.m.        In Kansas City, a panel of experts will discuss updates and implications of tariffs and trade with China


Panelists include:

  • Ronnie Russell, Missouri farmer and Vice President, Missouri Soybean Association Board of Directors
  • Fang Shen, Partner, Husch Blackwell
  • John Stevens, International Product Specialist, J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Virginia Harper Ho (moderator), Associate Dean, International and Comparative Law, University of Kansas School of Law
About the Speakers

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC. From January 2005 to 2009, Secretary Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.



Ronnie Russell, from Richmond, Missouri, represents District One on the Missouri Soybean Association board of directors where he prioritizes advocating for the Missouri soybean industry through policy and legislative action. He serves as vice-president of the Association’s board of directors. Russell also represents Missouri on the American Soybean Association board of directors. Russell farms in Ray County, Mo., producing corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and alfalfa. Along with those crops, he operates a cow/calf operation and a retail commercial fertilizer business. Russell currently serves as vice president for his local extension council and in addition to the Missouri Soybean Association, is a member of Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Farm Bureau. Previously, he served for 20 years on the Richmond Rural Fire Protection Association board of directors and has served on the Farm Credit Services nominating committee. He has held both secretary and treasurer positions for the Missouri Soybean Association board of directors and was involved in the American Soybean Association Leadership at its Best program. Russell is also a graduate from the Missouri Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow program (ALOT). After graduating from Richmond High School, Russell received his BSED in agriculture education from the University Of Central Missouri (UCM) in 1981.

As a transactional attorney with Husch Blackwell, Fang Shen concentrates on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, loans and financing, corporate structure and joint ventures, global manufacturing and distribution, and trade compliance. She has significant experience in the food and agribusiness industry and represents a wide range of clients, including public and private companies as well as individuals, startups, emerging companies and large corporations. Fang’s noteworthy food and agribusiness industry work has included: representing a food manufacturing company in its $45 million acquisition by a Korean-owned strategic buyer; advising a large agriculture cooperative association in its $17 million and $16 million New Market Tax Credit financing transactions; representing a large packaging and container company in its registration and operation in China; and advising U.S. agriculture equipment companies in sourcing agreements/product development agreements and distribution arrangements in China. A bilingual and bicultural lawyer, Fang also leads the firm’s Asia Client Services team. She received her legal education in the United States and China. Her unique knowledge regarding the law of both lands enables her to counsel U.S. businesses expanding to China and Chinese companies for their legal needs in the United States.

John Stevens is an International Commercial Banker with J.P. Morgan’s International Banking team with responsibility for originating new Credit, Treasury, Trade and Risk Management business among U.S. headquartered Middle Market multinational clients.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2016, John spent 11 years in a variety of international banking roles with two other major global banks, working with a range of Fortune 500 manufacturing and industrial clients. John started his career in London, before moving to New York, and currently resides in Chicago. He holds a degree in Law from The University of Wales Cardiff, as well as other professional qualifications.


Virginia Harper Ho (moderator) is the Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law, Professor of Law, a past Docking Faculty Scholar, and the inaugural co-director of the Polsinelli Transactional Law Center. Her research focuses on the intersections of corporate governance, sustainability and finance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on financial disclosure, shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance and China's green finance reforms. Her work has been published by leading law journals and by the University of California-Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies. Harper Ho is a former Chair of the Younger Comparativists’ Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law and is a Fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program. Harper Ho previously taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Prior to entering academia, she practiced corporate and securities law and advised U.S. and foreign multinationals on cross-border transactions. She also served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and as a research fellow at the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.

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