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“Past, Present and Future: A long view of (r)evolution in China”

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1030 – 1700 (British Standard Time)

The Great Hall, King’s College, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE: The conference will be streamed on Facebook Live.

NYC / DC: 6 AM


Please download the conference agenda, including schedule and speakers’ biographies, here: 2018 YCW-KCL Annual Conference Programme Final.

 Following on from the success of our inaugural conference in 2017 ‘China in 2050: The World Through Beijing’s Eyes’, YCW and King’s College Lau China Institute are again bringing together leading China experts and emerging Young China Watchers on a single platform to analyse China’s past, present and future.

The discussions will add a historical perspective to the contemporary situation in China and consider what insights the past and present can provide about where the country is heading.

The aims for the conference are twofold: to bring 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 those China watchers with each other and with experts in the field.

An indicative agenda is below:

1100-1110 – Opening Remarks by YCW and Lau China Institute

Sue Anne Tay, Global Director of YCW and Director for China and RMB Internationalisation, Group Strategy, HSBC
Professor Kerry Brown, Director, Lau China Institute, King’s College London (KCL)


1110-1130 – Keynote Speaker: Lord Jim O’Neill, Chair, Chatham House and Former Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury


1130-1245 – Panel 1: Past. How China’s past has shaped its present and the ways in which the country’s history is recast and repurposed to support the ruling regime and its policies.

Moderator: Julia Chen, Director of YCW London and Strategy Lead at the UK’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

Professor Hans Van de Ven FBA, Professor of Modern Chinese History, University of Cambridge

Dr Astrid Nordin, Senior Lecturer & Director of Lancaster University China Centre

Professor Kent Deng, Professor of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


1245-1300 – Break and interviews


1300-1415 – Panel 2: Present. China’s increased stridency on the world stage – should this be viewed as evolution or revolution?

Moderator: James Tunningley, Head of YCW London and Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade, UK

Tania Branigan, Foreign Leader (Editorial) Writer, former China correspondent for the Guardian

Nigel Inkster, CMG, Senior Adviser, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) & Research Associate, Contemporary China Institute, London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Dr Yu Jie, Head of China Foresight & Senior Research Fellow, LSE IDEAS

Jinny Yan, Managing Director & Chief China Economist, ICBC Standard Bank


1415-1500 – Lunch and interviews


1500-1615 – Panel 3: Future. China’s increasingly prominent role in the world of technology and innovation

Moderator: Bin (William) Xu, Director of YCW London and Strategy & Investment Advisor, Healthcare & Technology at Venture Propulsion System

Professor George Yip, Author / Professor and Associate Dean at Imperial College Business School, former Co-Director of the CEIBS Centre on China Innovation

Joyce Xie, Director at IP Group, former M&A banker and Portfolio Manager at HSBC

Syrus Lohrasb, CEO of China-Britain Business Fusion / Founder of China-Britain AI Summit, former Finance Director at multiple international companies

Ting Zhang, CEO of Crayfish / Founder of China Business Solutions, former China Venture Partner at Prime Ventures


1615-1630 – Closing Remarks

Raffaello Pantucci, YCW Co-founder and Director of International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

James Tunningley, Head of YCW London, and Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade, UK


1630-1700 – Networking and interviews

1700 – Ends



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