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Yakima Town Hall Brings in China Expert for First Speech of Year

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima Town Hall brought in its first speaker of the year today. Dr. David Lampton is an expert on China and spoke at the Capitol Theatre today about the country's influence.

He also talked about how the US could forge better relations with them.

He's one of four speakers Yakima Town Hall is brings in every year.

Lampton told the crowd that Washington and China are especially connected through economics.

"Just to give you a figure: In the last decade, Washington State's exports to China have grown 458 percent," said Lampton.

Lampton is the third speaker of the season; the previous two were Laura Bush and Wes Moore.

The final speaker is Dr. Robert Ballard in April. He's famous for discovering the wreck of the titanic.

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