The 5th YCW-King’s College London China Conference

China, Risen: Adjusting to a New Status Quo

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Conference start time:
• 1015hrs (London)
• 1115hrs (Brussels & Berlin)
• 1815hrs (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong & Singapore)
• 0515hrs (Washington DC & New York)
• 0215hrs (San Francisco)

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

This year we frame our annual conference around the reality that the world is adjusting to a new China.

Despite the pandemic and tightened borders, China has expanded its global reach, becoming a pervasive influence in so many aspects of life and a critical consideration for policy makers around the world. As a result, seismic recalibrations in bilateral relationships have taken place, forcing countries to think about China in new ways and with new terms of engagement. Zhongnanhai’s new strategies in diplomacy, political economy and technological self-sufficiency have revealed unforeseen challenges, prompting waves of fresh analysis from China Watchers worldwide.

This year, we hone in on three fields of China nexuses: in the Indo-Pacific, in low carbon technologies and in financing a sustainable Belt and Road. We also elevate the findings of this year’s winning entry for the YCW-KCL Essay Competition on curbing deforestation. Finally, we unveil results from the YCW Pulse Survey, which tracks global attitudes on China.


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Programme & Biographies here

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. We also unveil results and findings from two flagship initiatives: the Pulse Survey and Essay Competition. They include:

Opening Keynote Address
Brian Wong (Founding Editor in Chief, Oxford Political Review)

Welcomed by Michael Yip, YCW London Co-Head and Prof Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Panel 1: Low-carbon technologies
The Global Battery Race: What’s Next?
• Summer Chen (Senior Climate Change Consultant, ERM)
• Tu Le (Managing Director, Sino Auto Insights)
• Henry Sanderson (Executive Editor, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence)
• Chang Che (Business Editor, SupChina)

Panel 2: China, capital & SDGs
Financing a Sustainable Belt and Road: What’s the State of Play?
• Eugenia Gusilov (Founding Director, Romania Energy Center)
• Rastraraj Bhandari (Co-Founder and Senior Research Fellow, Geopolitics & Ecology of Himalayan Water Initiative)
• Yingzhi (Sarah) Tang (Green Belt and Road Researcher, International Institute of Green Finance)

Panel 3: Regional security
A securitised Indo-Pacific: implications for China
• Raffaello Pantucci (Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute)
• Andrew Chubb (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow)

Roundup 1: Attitudes on China
Results Announcement – YCW Pulse Survey 2021
• Jordyn Dahl (Senior News Editor, LinkedIn News; YCW Head of Communications)
• Insa Ewert (EU development cooperation professional; YCW Social Media Editor)

Roundup 2: China’s role in curbing deforestation
Winner’s Remarks – YCW-KCL Essay Competition
• John Dodsworth (Senior Programme Advisor, WWF UK)

Reflections and close
On adjusting to the new status quo
• Sandile Dlamini (Start-up founder; 2019 Yenching Scholar), with Michael Yip

Schedule (subject to change; times in GMT)
• 10:15: Welcome remarks from Michael Yip (YCW) and Prof Kerry Brown (Lau China Institute)
• 10:30: Opening Keynote – with Brian Wong
• 11:15: Break
• 11:30: Panel 1: Low carbon technologiesThe Global Battery Race: What’s Next?
• 12:30: Panel 2: China, capital & SDGsFinancing a Sustainable Belt and Road: What’s the State of Play?
• 13:30: Lunch
• 14:00: Roundup 1: 2021 Pulse Survey Results
• 14:30: Roundup 2: Winner’s Remarks, Environment Essay – John Dodsworth on China’s role in curbing deforestation
• 15:00: Panel 3: Regional SecurityA securitised Indo-Pacific: implications for China
• 16:00 – 16:15: Reflections and close – with Sandile Dlamini

London – The 5th YCW-King’s College London China Conference (Sat, 13 Nov)
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