The 4th YCW-King’s College London China Conference

The 2020s: China’s decade?

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Conference start time:
• 1000hrs (London)
• 1100hrs (Brussels & Berlin)
• 1800hrs (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong & Singapore)
• 0500hrs (Washington DC & New York)
• 0200hrs (San Francisco)

Access via a virtual conference platform – details in an Eventbrite email shortly before the event

This year’s Conference coincides with the advent of the twenties and unprecedented, destabilising shifts around the world. These include not only the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic downturn, but also tech security fallouts; environmental catastrophes; Black Lives Matter; and struggles between the left- and right-leaning movements/governments.

In response to the oft-understated complexity of the role played by China in those turning points, as well as the rise of pressing questions on how the world envisions a new, post-COVID “normal”, this year’s Conference theme is: “The 2020s: China’s decade?”.


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Conference Programme

As part of a half-day programme, YCW and King’s College Lau China Institute are bringing together both established experts and up-and-coming commentators to explore this theme through three complementary perspectives. They include:

Keynote Speakers

Cindy Yu (Broadcast Editor, The Spectator; Host, Chinese Whispers Podcast)
Dr Yukon Huang (former Country Director for China, World Bank; Senior Fellow, Carnegie Asia Program)

Welcomed by Sue Anne Tay, YCW Global Director and Prof Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Panel 1: Geopolitics and journalism
India-China: the other great power rivalry?
• Shashank Joshi (Defence Editor, The Economist)
• Ananth Krishnan (China Correspondent, The Hindu)
• Ruiyao Luo (Independent reporter)

Panel 2: Tech ventures in the 2020s
China and the shifting global tech, business and finance landscape
• Thomas Tsao (Co-founder, Gobi Partners)
• Chris Schroeder (Tech investor and entrepreneur; former CEO)
• Bulelani Jili (PhD Candidate, Harvard Univ.; Researcher, Oxford Univ.)

Panel 3: Global narratives in the 2020s
China’s power over popular culture at home and abroad
• Becky Davis (China Bureau Chief, Variety Magazine)
• Runako Celina (Co-founder, Black Livity China)
• Aladin Farré (Host, SupChina “Middle Earth” Podcast)
Moderated by Gary Izunwa, Manager, Outward Mobility, British Council

Schedule (subject to change; times in GMT)
(times in GMT)
• 10:00: Welcome remarks from Sue Anne Tay (YCW) and Prof Kerry Brown (Lau China Institute)
• 10:15: Opening Keynote – Cindy Yu
• 11:00: Break
• 11:30: Panel 1: Geopolitics and journalism – India-China
• 12:30: Panel 2: Tech ventures in the 2020s – Shifting landscapes
• 13:30: Break
• 14:30: Panel 3: Global narratives – China’s power over popular culture
• 15:30: Closing Keynote – Dr Yukon Huang
• 16:30: Close

London – The 4th YCW-Lau China Institute, King’s College Conference (Sat, 7 Nov)
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