China Development Forum 2019: embracing new dynamics

Hosted by LSE SU China Development Society, the LSE's Institute of Global Affairs and the Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL)

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

The LSE SU China Development Forum (CDF) is an annual event organised by the LSE SU China Development Society and the LSE Institute of Global Affairs in conjunction with the Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL). First launched in 2009, the Forum has grown phenomenally over the past 10 years to become the largest China-themed forum in Europe, hosting an audience of over 400 each year. The aim of the Forum is to provide a platform for both students interested in Chinese affairs as well as professionals well versed in China studies to engage in vibrant and in-depth intellectual discussions.

Morning session: China and the world

Throughout the tide of history, the economic position of China has waxed and waned, progressed and regressed. But China may have finally found its place in the global economy, ending a past of instability and decline. This high tide may yet stay as China truly takes its great leap forward, embodying a growing influence in a world of interdependence. Inevitably, however, the rise of China has come hand-in-hand with a rise in anxiety among the world’s top nations, all reluctant to loosen their grip on their economic thrones in the midst of potential power shifts and competition for the global crown. How would China resist and face such tempestuous gales? Only time will tell. We cordially invite you to our speakers’ panel in the China Development Forum, to engage with the World, with China, and to discover what lies in store for the economic miracle at present and in the future.

Afternoon session: Innovations of China

Over the past years, Chinese companies have seen enormous innovation: from the National Super Computing Center in Wu xi, the world’s fastest supercomputer, with 10.65 million CPU cores, to Ehang Inc launching the world’s first aerial passenger drone. Chinese innovation is visible everywhere: internet business models, telecommunications, software, artificial intelligence, fin-tech (financial technology), new materials, consumer products, high-end equipment, and green technologies. Companies such as Huawei, Tencent and Alibaba have become household names throughout the world. China has made tremendous strides in many fields, but especially in A.I. Businesses and government have collaborated on a sweeping plan to make China the world's primary A.I. innovation center by 2030, and they are already making significant progress towards that goal.

Keynote speaker: Sir Douglas Flint

Sir Douglas Flint is the Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen and the former Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc. Sir Douglas is also the UK's envoy to China's Belt and Road initiative.


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