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Young China Watchers (YCW) and King’s College London’s Lau China Institute held our third YCW-Lau China Conference in London on Saturday 2 November 2019. This follows the successful conferences held by the YCW-Lau partnership in 2017 and 2018.

Over a half-day of panels and robust discussion in the Great Hall of King’s College London, leading China experts and emerging young thinkers analyzed issues around the theme: “PRC at 70: Behind the Headlines”.

Speakers from China, the UK, France and Ghana joined nearly 100 attendees from the academic, government, think tank, and business communities. The aims for the conference were two-fold: to disseminate the latest thinking on Chinese politics, society and history to the next generation of China-watchers in London; and to provide a forum to connect China-watchers and experts in relevant fields.

Following the conference was the YCW Young China Watcher of the Year Award Ceremony. YCW was thrilled to welcome Karoline Kan as the 2019 winner of this award. She was recognized for her contributions to telling her story—and the story of Chinese millennials—to an international audience. Kan is the Beijing editor at China Dialogue and author of “Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China,” an account of Karoline’s family that covers three generations.


A summary report of the conference and award ceremony is available to download as a PDF below:

YCW-Lau 2019 Conference and Award Ceremony Summary


Podcast coverage of the conference, including sound-bites from speakers and a summary recap, can be accessed here and on podcast listening platforms.


Many thanks to Kerry Brown, Igor Rogelja and King’s College London for their support in organizing and hosting the conference.
We also thank Sam Colombie for his audio-visual support, as well as Alice Slevison, Rose Martin, Johanna M. Costigan and Clement Ngu for their editorial and operational support.
All photographs were taken by members of the YCW London team.

2019 YCW-Lau Conference Summary – “PRC at 70: Behind the Headlines”
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