CHINA Town Hall

November 10, 2020 - 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Ray Dalio, Mark Cohen, Richard P Suttmeier, and Paul Triolo
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Join APSI and DUCIGS for a China Town Hall on Tuesday, November 10, at 6:50 p.m. (EST). The first part of the event will consist of a virtual "watch party" for a keynote address from the National Committee on US-China Relations featuring renowned investor, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author Ray Dalio for a discussion of today's most important issues, and the critical roles the United States and China play in an era of rapid global change. This is the NCUSCR's 14th annual CHINA Town Hall Keynote.

Following the livestream of Ray Dalio's talk, Duke Professor Denis Simon will moderate a follow-up discussion about science and technology cooperation and engagement between the U.S. and China with three experts: Richard P. Suttmeier (University of Oregon), Mark Cohen (University of California, Berkeley), and Paul Triolo (Eurasia Group).

Registration is required for this event.

If you encounter technical difficulties during the Duke webinar, you may view the keynote via the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, then return to this webinar for the discussion with Dr. Simon and our expert panelists, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

About the keyonote speaker:

Ray Dalio and his family have been deeply involved in business and philanthropic efforts in China for 35 years, and we are pleased he will kick off this year's nationwide CHINA Town Hall event. As a local partner organization, APSI will convene an accompanying town hall conversation to delve deeper into the issues and concerns of our local community.

About the panelists:

Richard P. Suttmeier is Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on science and technology development issues in China. His current research topics include the study of China’s intellectual property strategy and on-going examination of the changing nature of China’s innovation system. He is considered to be one of the founders of the study of S&T policy in the field of Contemporary China studies.

Mark Cohen joined the University of California Berkeley Law School in October 2017 as a Senior Fellow of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and as Director of the new BCLT Asia IP Project. He teaches Chinese IP Law, International Trade Law and other areas. Prior to this position he served as Senior Counsel to the USPTO leading its 21-member China team and as both a visiting professor and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. In total, Mark has over 30 years private, public sector, in-house, and academic experience in China and transition economies, with a focus on technology trade and monetizing intellectual property.

Paul S. Triolo is a senior expert in the Eurasia Group, where he leads the firm’s practice on global technology policy issues, cybersecurity, internet governance, ICT regulatory issues, and emerging areas such as automation, AI/Big Data, ambient intelligence, and fintech/blockchain. He heads a cross-issue and cross-regional team that helps Eurasia Group clients understand and assess the risks generated by the complex intersection of politics, technology innovation, security threats, and the changing global regulatory environment. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Paul served in senior positions within the US government for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on China's rise as a science and technology (S&T) and cyber power.

Explore additional events in the 2020 CHINA Town Hall series.

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact: Xiaojuan Ping ( by November 3, 2020.

This event is organized by Duke's Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and Center for International and Global Studies. Supporters include the Duke University Center for Science & Technology Policy, the Duke Law School Center for Innovation Policy, and the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

November 9-13, 2020 is International Education Week at Duke. Be sure to check out other exciting events taking place during Duke's IEW 2020 celebration.

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