2018 Programs

Business and the Greening of China

Tuesday, November 27, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: Barbara Finamore, Damien Ma, Gary Yang
Event Fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

After years of breakneck development, China has turned to environmental clean-up, with ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions and new environmental standards for its corporate players. The country is still the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but the government is developing a strategy for a new, greener economy. The move is creating entire new markets, in renewable energy, transportation, forestry, water management, and other sectors. What are the business opportunities? Barbara Finamore, author of a new book, Will China Save the Planet, and founder of the China Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Damien Ma, a renewable energy expert and associate director of the Paulson Institute’s Think Tank, will share insights on China’s challenges and how business can profit from the battle China has launched on its environmental problems.

Big Tech, Big Data, Big Investment: China’s Health Care Revolution

Gary Rieschel, Founder of Qiming Venture Partners, Olivia Wang, Head of U.S. for ZhenFund, and Fei Wang, Cornell Medical health data mining and machine learning expert, discuss how big data and other health innovations have investors rushing for China

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: Gary Rieschel, Olivia Wang, Fei Wang
Moderator: Ye Xie
Event Fee: Members $20 (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $35; Students $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

From Ant Financial’s insurance claims and CT image reading apps to China’s largest online health care platform Ping An Good Doctor’s IPO in Hongkong, China is experiencing a health care boom, and health care startups are sizzling. China’s endless Big Data pool, coupled with hungry entrepreneurialism, are driving all sorts of health care innovation. Who will be the next unicorn startup? What are the opportunities and challenges in the field? Will China’s top-down technology policies make the country a fierce competitor for global technology supremacy?

Lost in Translation: A Private Dialogue about China’s Global Communications Challenges

Thursday, November 8, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: James Heimowitz, Guanpeng Dong
Event Fee: This is a private event. Attendance is by invitation only.

As the U.S.-China trade war heats up, Americans’ perceptions of China are turning increasingly negative. Not only are politicians criticizing China’s trade policies, economic development motives, and geopolitical agenda. China’s Confucius Institutes operating around the United States are under attack, too, and Chinese companies and students are being viewed as potential spies. Is all this rhetoric purely a function of U.S. and Chinese domestic policies and politics, or is China somehow getting its messaging wrong? What lessons from the PR manual could China learn, so as to present a more nuanced picture of China today?

Steven Guanpeng Dong, political scientist and communications professor, and James Heimowitz, president of China Institute, will lead a conversation with U.S. PR experts, Confucius Institute officials, and China watchers.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of the World

Kai-Fu Lee, tech luminary and author of AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order, shares his insights with Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at the MIT Sloan School of Management, about how AI will change our lives. Rana Foroohar, global business columnist with the Financial Times, will moderate the conversation.

Friday, October 5, 5:30–7:00 PM
Speakers: Kai-Fu Lee; Andrew McAfee; Rana Foroohar
Event Fee: Members $25 (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $40; Students $20 (student tickets SOLD OUT)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

How will AI change our lives? Join China Institute for an evening with tech luminary and business mogul Kai-Fu Lee and Andrew McAfee, co-director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, who will discuss how AI will change our lives. Lee’s provocative new book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order sees China, armed with Big Data, challenging the United States in the AI sector. Lee up-ends some conventional assumptions about AI as a job destroyer and envisions how China and the U.S. can find solutions to some of the most profound socio-economic changes in human history—coming soon.

Beyond Dior: The Business of Chinese Fashion

Top fashion designer Tao Wang, CEO of Taoray Wang, in conversation with fashion world influencer Simon Collins, founder of Fashion Culture Design and former Dean of Parsons School of Fashion

Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Speakers: Harlan Bratcher, Simon Collins, Tao Wang
Event Fee: Members $25 (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $35; Students $12
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Copycats no more, China’s new fashion leaders are reshaping the global fashion business. Their work reflects a new generation of Chinese entrepreneurs and creators—and the rise of an independent-minded middle class hungry for the latest designs.

Join renowned designer Tao Wang, fashion influencer Simon Collins, founder of Fashion Culture Design and former dean of the Fashion School at Parsons, and Harlan Bratcher, Global Business Development Head for fashion at JD.com, for this stimulating conversation about how Chinese fashion leaders are creating a new fashion world order.

Belt and Road: Why the Chinese Model Is Winning in South and Southeast Asia

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 20, 6:30–8:00 PM
Speakers: Zubaid Ahmad, Will Doig, Peng Li, Lora Saalman
Event Fee: Members $10 (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $15; Students $8
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China’s Belt and Road initiative has sparked plenty of controversy: Just for starters, Chinese players will control more than 50 ports across its route, suggesting to some critics an empire in the making. But it is also having a multiplier effect in economic development: infrastructure development is igniting financial modernization and more. What are the economic and political consequences, and where are the biggest opportunities? The EastWest Institute’s Lora Saalman will moderate the discussion with author of High-Speed Empire Will Doig, Belt and Road investor Zubaid Ahmad, and infrastructure investor Peng Li, to explore the benefits and costs of China’s New Silk Road.

On Contradictions: China’s Bitcoin Crackdown and the Global Cryptocurrency Boom

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30–8:00 PM
Moderator: Emily Parker, Co-founder, Longhash
Speakers: Mitchell Dong, Managing Director, Pythagoras Investment Management; Harumi Urata-Thompson, HUT Consulting; Stamford Hwang
Event Fee: FREE, but advanced registration is requested
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

While Beijing cracked down on Bitcoin trading last September, the government has embraced blockchain, whose technology drives cryptocurrencies, as a key strategic industry. Will China, which was the biggest miner of bitcoins before the ban, be able to contain the industry? How can China on one hand embrace the technology but on the other hand outlaw its most obvious commercial application? Ultimately, will governments allow decentralized and unregulated virtual currencies to survive, and how can they manage their national economic policies? Join cryptocurrency investors and experts to find out the future of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology.

Startups at China Institute: Come Pitch Your Company to Angels and VC Investors!

– Event Convened with Lair East Labs

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30-7:00 PM Welcome and Registration
7:00 – 8:00 PM Elevator Pitch Contest (Round 1)
8:00 – 8:15 PM Finals (Round 2)
8:15 – 8:30 PM Announcement of Winner
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Lee Lin, Angel Investor, CEO and Co-founder of Renthop.com
Seamon Chan, Managing Partner of Palm Drive Capital
Yipeng Li- Partner of Palm Drive Capital
Arthur Tu- CTO and Co-founder, LearnBop, Elemental Path, Cognitoys

Need some training in VC pitches and understand what investors are looking for? Come to learn from VC partners from Lair East Labs and Palm Drive Capital!

We’d like to invite new founders, established startup leaders, and people thinking of starting their own company here in the US to join us to share wisdom and skills learned across US-Asia borders. Great opportunity to pitch your idea and receive feedback and receive potential funding!

This is a fantastic opportunity for tech startups to pitch to Angels & VC’s
in the competition for: $500 Cash Prize & Potential Investment from Angels & VC’s.

Executive Summit 2018

April 12, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Featuring Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr.; Former Chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission Mingkang Liu; Nobel Prize-winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz; and top U.S. and Chinese business leaders and policy makers.
Location: Harvard Club of New York City

In this complex new era for U.S.-China business relations, China Institute’s Executive Summit 2018, “U.S.-China Business in the New World Order,” will examine opportunities and challenges on the ground, far from policymakers in the respective capitals.

Historically, business has been the ballast that has anchored the U.S.-China relationship during difficult times. Frustration is rising on both sides, and there is growing concern about the overall health of the bilateral relationship. At this day-long conference, you will learn about risks—from capital controls to the specter of a trade war—and find opportunities, from AI to green technologies and biotech, in the U.S.-China business landscape. In-depth panel discussions will provide insights to inform better policies, smarter deals, and ultimately, a more nuanced understanding of today’s China.

This Summit will help business executives, thought leaders, and policy makers make smarter decisions today and prepare for tomorrow.

Chinese Students Abroad Under Pressure: A Live Sinica Podcast and Interview with Eric Fish and Siqi Tu

Wednesday, March 14, 6:00–8:00 PM
Speakers: Jeremy Goldkorn, Kaiser Kuo, Eric Fish, Siqi Tu
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this live Sinica Podcast at China Institute, Co-hosts Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn will be joined by Eric Fish and Siqi Tu to discuss the issues that Chinese university students face when studying in the U.S. – from the personal to the political. With scrutiny now on the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Christopher Wray’s (FBI director) remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee on China as a “whole of society threat,” and suspicion of Chinese scientists and researchers over industrial espionage, Chinese students rightly worry about racial profiling and a hostile environment.

China in Africa: New Growth Engine or Colonialism Redux?

A conversation with authors Irene Sun and Deborah Bräutigam

Thursday, March 8, 6:30-8:00PM
6:30PM Cocktail Reception; 7:00PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dinda Elliott
Speakers: Irene Yuan Sun, Deborah Bräutigam
Event Fee: $10 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

As Chinese factories mushroom across the African continent and the Chinese government extends its “One Road, One Belt” to Africa with railroads and infrastructure, China’s strategy seems very different from the United States’ historical approach: Instead of seeing Africa as a place in need of aid, China regards Africa as a land full of business opportunities. Will the Chinese way lead Africa into modernization or layers of problems? To find out more, join the insightful panel discussion with Irene Yuan Sun, author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment is reshaping Africa, and Professor Deborah Bräutigam, author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa.

From Maseratis to Mountain Climbing: Understanding China’s Changing Consumer

A Conversation with LVMH Greater China Group President Andrew WU

Thursday, March 1, 6:30-8:00PM
6:30PM Cocktail Reception; 7:00PM Panel Discussion
Event Fee: $25 Members, $40 Non-members, $10 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

We’ve all read the headlines about the Chinese market excitement—the strong entrepreneurship, the explosive wealth, the emerged young middle class, the global shopping and travel. But how is the Chinese consumer really evolving, what is new now and may come next? Having focused on the Chinese consumer for past 25 years, Andrew Wu will share his insights. Join him in conversation with the China Institute’s Director of Programs, Dinda Elliott.

Will the Chinese Way Win the Future?

Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer leads the debate with Ann Lee, author of “Will China’s Economy Collapse?”, and Paul Clifford, author of “The China Paradox.”

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30-8:00PM
6:30PM Cocktail Reception; 7:00PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ian Bremmer
Speakers: Ann Lee, Paul Clifford
Event Fee: $10 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Students
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Just a few years ago, many western analysts argued that China could not sustain its state capitalist system. Yet in 2017, China’s economy grew 6.9 percent, surpassing the Chinese government’s target, and China is on track to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy in about a decade. U.S. trade leadership is eroding, and many workers feel their standard of living stagnating. Meanwhile, in China, despite an inefficient state sector, innovation is flourishing in biotech, big data technologies, and many other areas. With the Made in China 2025 policy, Beijing is making strategic decisions about economic development. Were the pundits wrong? Will the Chinese way prevail?

In Search of China’s Soul: New York’s Next-Gen Chinese Chefs Talk Food and Identity
In conversation with New York magazine restaurant critic Adam Platt

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00-7:30PM
Event Fee: $15 Members, $25 Non-members, $8 Students
Moderator: Adam Platt, restaurant critic, New York magazine
Speakers: Simone Tong, chef-owner, Little Tong; Yong Zhao, co-founder, Junzi Kitchen; Yiming Wang, co-owner, China Café, China Blue, Birds of a Feather
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Red lanterns and dragons be gone! A gaggle of modern-minded restaurateurs from China has been opening chic new eateries that reflect the best of authentic, design-conscious Chinese gastronomy. Can we find China’s soul in the Mapo Tofu of today? Chinese food lover Adam Platt asks them all about it.

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