Sixth Annual China Town Hall

Event Date: 
Mon, 2012-10-29 16:30 - 18:30


Sixth Annual China Town Hall
Hosted in Seattle by the Washington State China Relations Council and its member law firm Dorsey & Whitney (See below for venue address)
Ambassador Darryl Johnson will conduct the local discussion

National Speaker (via webcast): Ambassador Gary Locke
“Issues in U.S.-China Relations”

October 29, 2012
Live Webcast at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is pleased to announce the sixth annual CHINA Town Hall, to take place on Monday evening, October 29, 2012. The program will open with a webcast from Beijing featuring Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to China, discussing U.S.-China relations. National Committee president Steve Orlins will moderate this 45-minute portion of the program, comprised of a 15-minute talk followed by half an hour during which Ambassador Locke will respond to questions emailed in from audience members throughout the country.

Fifty-one venues in 47 cities in the U.S. and China participated in the November 2011 CHINA Town Hall, with local speakers addressing such topics as U.S.-China trade relations, environmental issues, domestic Chinese politics, energy policy and security. (The webcast of the national portion of the 2011 and earlier programs may be viewed at Even more venues and cities are expected to participate in this year’s town hall meeting.

The Washington State China Relations Council is pleased to partner with its member law firm Dorsey & Whitney to host this event locally. After the national webcast with Ambassador Locke and NCUSCR President Steve Orlins, Ambassador Darryl Johnson will conduct a discussion on the webcast and China-related topics of local interest. The meeting venue is the offices of Dorsey & Whitney in the Columbia Tower, 61st floor – 701 5th Avenue, Seattle 98104-7043. Please note that Dorsey & Whitney does not pay attendees’ parking charges. Each attendee who wants to park in the Columbia Tower will have to pay for their parking charges at the building's standard rates. There are payment kiosks in the lobby that accept both cash and credit cards.

There is no fee for attending this event. Please register online below, or by contacting Tamara Thorhallsson at 206.389.7301.

Darryl Johnson, Ambassador

Darryl N. Johnson had a long and distinguished career as a Foreign Service Officer, culminating in his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, 2001-2004. His previous assignment was as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responsible for China and Mongolia.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 1965, Ambassador Johnson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. His first Foreign Service assignment was to the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India, after which he undertook Chinese language training, followed by assignment to the Consulate General in Hong Kong (1969-73). His other overseas postings have included Moscow (1974-77), Beijing (1984-87) and Warsaw (1988-91). He served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania (1991-94), and later served in Taipei as the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (1996-99). In Washington he held a variety of positions, including Yugoslav Desk Officer (1977-79), PRC Desk Officer (1979-81), Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1982-84), Deputy Coordinator for Assistance to the countries of the former Soviet Union (1994-96), Deputy Director of the Bosnian Task Force (1996), and Political Adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations (1999-2000).

Ambassador Johnson received his BA (cum laude) from the University of Washington and also attended the University of Puget Sound, the University of Minnesota and Princeton University. He was selected for the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa and for the honor societies for military science, music and literature. He speaks Thai, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Polish, and some Lithuanian. He is married to the former Kathleen Dessa Forance, and has one daughter, Darawan (born in Thailand), twin sons, Loren and Gregory (born in India), and four grandchildren. His home is in Seattle, Washington.


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