2017 Programs

From Bike-Sharing To Blockchains: Can China Really Go Global?
A conversation with China venture and tech leaders:

Gary Rieschel, Founding Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners
Shuonan Chen, General Partner, Agile VC
Florian Bohnert, Head-Global Partnerships, MoBike




Wednesday, December 13, 5:30—8:00PM (with networking reception)
Event Fee: $55 Non-members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Over the past decade, China tech and venture investment markets have progressed rapidly to rival leading international hubs. Business and technology models that were once built on copying Silicon Valley technology are shifting to leadership and innovation, with Chinese-style bike-sharing contenders even moving to Western markets. China’s venture capital, at $50 billion annually, has risen to U.S. levels. And China claims nearly one-quarter of the total unicorn-financed companies, most of them centered in Beijing.

China’s tech and venture scene is loaded with talent, raw energy and sheer ambition that make the Silicon Valleys of the world look downright sleepy. At the same time, China’s government continues to wrestle with control over cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain (think Bitcoin), which some experts say will revolutionize the way business is done. Will China continue to lead in tech innovation, or fall victim to its own regulations?

Rebecca Fannin, founder/editor of Silicon Dragon Ventures, will moderate the conversation.

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How the China-U.S. Relationship Will Shape the Emerging Global Order – Luncheon with Ambassador He Yafei

Special Luncheon Program – Co-Sponsored with China-U.S. Exchange Foundation


Tuesday, November 14, 12:15-2:00PM
12:15PM: Registration
12:30PM: Luncheon
2:00PM: Close
Keynote Speaker: Ambassador He Yafei (何亚非), former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, People’s Republic of China
Event Fee: $40 Members, $60 Non-members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006


Rethinking China – China’s Financial Funhouse: Will It All Come Toppling Down?
A conversation with Arthur Kroeber and Zhang Lanlan




Thursday, October 19, 6:00-7:30PM
6:00-6:30PM: Cocktail networking
6:30-7:30PM: Program
Speakers: Arthur Kroeber, Lanlan Zhang
Event Fee: $10 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Over the last decade, China has deregulated its financial system at breakneck speed, and debt has more than quadrupled. Banks and a host of non-bank financiers have created dozens of new investment products, catering to savers’ demands for higher returns than they can get on bank deposits. Borrowing by local governments, real estate companies and speculators has soared. Many observers worry that China is heading for a financial crisis, and in March, Chinese regulators began to worry too, launching a fierce crackdown on shadow lending and risky financial practices.

Does China’s financial system really risk a breakdown, or is it simply going through growing pains as it tries to adapt to the more complex financial needs of an increasingly consumer-driven economy? Arthur R. Kroeber, founder of the China-focused Gavekal Dragonomics research service, and editor of China Economic Quarterly, will discuss his latest report on China’s financial system in conversation with Zhang Lanlan, President of CICC NY. Dorinda Elliott, director of the Center for Business, will moderate the conversation.


From Han Emperors to Jewelry Connoisseurs: Unveiling the Mysteries of Jade

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00-8:00PM
Speaker Name: Mr. Keziah Chan
Event Fee: Free for Members, $10 Non-members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Why is jade so important in Chinese culture—from art to mythology and vernacular tradition? In the Han Dynasty, only royalty was allowed to deal with jade, and emperors were buried in jade suits intended to preserve their lives for eternity. Through the centuries, Chinese babies have worn jade amulets to protect them from harm and evil forces. And today, jade jewelry is treasured more than ever as a valuable and beautiful asset. Mr. Keziah Chan, manager of Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry, the venerable Hong Kong jeweler with a store on Fifth Avenue, is one of the world’s experts on the precious stone. Come hear him explain jade through the millennia—from historical traditions to how to recognize and analyze the value of various jade types today.


Balancing Act: Can the South China Morning Post Thrive Under China’s Watchful Eye? – A live Sinica Podcast

Monday, October 9, 6:30-8:00PM
Event Fee: $10 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join us for a live recording of the Sinica Podcast, the premiere podcast on current affairs in China, with hosts Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. Our special guest will be Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post. A veteran of the tech world — he was formerly CEO of Digg and head of Spotify Labs —Gary has brought a new approach to the venerable paper since his tenure began in January. We’ll talk about how the paper can navigate the familiar challenges that newspapers around the world face, coupled with Alibaba’s ownership and pressures from Beijing. The podcast recording will be followed by moderated Q&A from the audience.



Rethinking China: Can China Lead in the Age of De-Globalization?

Thursday, October 5, 6:00-8:00PM
6:00PM: Cocktail networking
6:30PM: Program begins
Speaker Name: William C. Kirby
Event Fee: $10 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China has risen in recent decades through its engagement with the world. How will a de-globalizing world affect China and the rest of us? Harvard Business School Professor William Kirby, a historian and expert on Chinese business, will explore China’s potential in power, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and education in this moment of apparent American retreat. Kirby’s most recent book is “Can China Lead?: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth” (Harvard Business School Press). Kirby will examine China’s options and opportunities in the era of Brexit, Trump, and Xi Jinping, and of growing authoritarian nationalism across the globe. Dorinda Elliott, director of the China Institute Center for Business, will moderate a Q&A following Kirby’s presentation.

Kirby is the Spangler Family Professor at Harvard Business School and the Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. He chairs the Harvard China Fund and the Harvard Center Shanghai, and served as dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has authored more than 40 HBS cases on contemporary Chinese business.


Rethinking China: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong

Date & Time: Thursday, September 7, 6:30-8:00PM
Speaker: Yukon Huang (黄育川)
Event Fees: $20 Members, $35 Non-members, $10 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In a controversial new book, “Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom is Wrong,” Yukon Huang (黄育川), former World Bank China director and currently with the Carnegie Endowment, challenges assumptions about the weaknesses of the Chinese economy. Concerns that an unbalanced growth model will drag the economy down are “wrong,” Huang argues, and the surge in local debt is “a good thing.” Dorinda Elliott, director of the China Institute Center for Business, will moderate.


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The Chinese Art Market-Trends, Pitfalls and Opportunities

Thursday, March 16, 6:30-8:00PM
Free for CI members, $20 for member’s guest.
Speaker: Nick Wilson, China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd.
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This Industry Updates program will focus on Chinese Art Market, presented by Nick Wilson from China Guardian (HK) Auctions. China Guardian is China’s oldest art-auction firm and one of the top leaders in the Chinese art auction market.

Nick has started his career in the Chinese Art since 1999, when he worked in the Asian works of art department at Christie’s South Kensington. Sensing a seismic shift in the Chinese art market, Nick moved within Christie’s to work in Hong Kong in 2006. Over the following seven years, Nick had the opportunity to work on seminal sales such as the sale of Important Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Imperial Clocks from the Nezu Museum Collection, Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection and the Songzhutang Collection of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings among others. After becoming Head of Sale in Hong Kong, Nick decided to move to New York to explore different collecting tastes and meet new collectors. Nick was fortunate enough to be involved with the sale of the Ellsworth Collection, the Min Fanglei and many other important objects during his two years there as Head of Department. After 17 years at Christie’s, Nick decided to pursue a new challenge in 2016, returning with his family to Hong Kong to work for China Guardian, heading a new young team there to establish China Guardian as a leading force in the Hong Kong art market. In this session, Mr. Wilson will discuss the trends, pitfalls and opportunities of the Chinese art market.


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The Trump Presidency and U.S. – China Trade Relations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30PM –8:00PM
FREE for Corporate Members
$10 for Patron Members (YP, Red Envelope, Silk Purse, Jade Box, Scholar’s Circle, FOTG)
$20 General Members / $35 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

President Trump formally abandoned the TPP right after he got sworn into office. He has decried, during his campaign, that he will put a 45% tariff on imports from China. China is the world’s largest exporter with the United States’ being its second largest trading partner after Canada. How should we look at the future of the U.S.-China trade ties in the Trump era?

On February 22, please join us for this timely and spirited discussion on this prominent topic led by Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, the former United States Trade Representative and Professor Yasheng Huang (黄亚生), MIT Sloan School of Management Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and a Professor of Global Economics and Management. Ambassador Barshefsky was the chief negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States from 1997 to 2001 and served as the architect and chief negotiator of China’s historic WTO Agreement. The conversation will be moderated by Susan Feng (冯郁青), Head of U.S. Bureau, Yicai Global. Yicai Global is English news service of China Business News, the biggest financial media group in China.


FinTech

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 – 8:00PM
6:30PM: Registration and Reception
7:00PM: Remarks and Q&A
Event fee: Free for CI Patron members, $20 for Patron member’s guest
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China Institute is pleased to launch a new business program series– Industry Updates. Each program will feature a specific industry, discussing recent updates and bringing forth cutting-edge thinking from industry experts.

This is a Member’s-Only business program series. A roundtable discussion format will be applied to further advance the interaction between the speakers and the audience. To ensure quality interaction, each program will host up to 35 attendees.

The first Industry Updates program will focus on FinTech, presented by the research team from our co-host, Zonvon Ventures. In this session, you will learn about what is currently happening in the FinTech industry in both the U.S. and China, and gain perspectives from top venture capitalists in the field.

Zonvon Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage cross-border companies. Zonvon selectively invests in startups with the willingness and ability to be the future champions of specific sectors with significant scale. Typical investment focuses include: FinTech, Robotics/AI, VR/AR/MR, and Consumption Upgrade (e.g. Healthcare, Sports).


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CHINA IN NUMBERS: Understanding China’s Financial and Economic Data

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:30PM–8:30PM
FREE for Corporate Members
$10 for Patron Members (YP, Red Envelope, Silk Purse, Jade Box, Scholar’s Circle, FOTG)
$20 General Members / $35 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Please join us on January 11th 2017 at 6:30PM at China Institute’s Center for Business for a comprehensive discussion on Understanding China’s Financial and Economic Data, moderated by Brandon Emmerich, General Manager and China Analyst at Wind Information. A diverse group will be joining the panel, to offer views from various perspectives. Panelists’ backgrounds range from investor, researcher, data collecting and feeding, and data analysis to data science technology.

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