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The China Forum is part of a broader MIT effort to look at new ways of fostering ties with China. The Forum was created by the MIT-Greater China Strategy Group, which is charged with identifying new initiatives and collaborations with China over the next 20 years.

Sci-Tech Innovation and Scientific Development in China

Friday, April 1, 2011
5:30-6:30 p.m.
MIT Building 6-120

Zhou JiZhou Ji
Chinese Academy of Engineering

During his professional career, Dr. Zhou was actively involved in research and development of Optimal Design, Computer Aided Design, and Numerical Control technology. He advanced the algorithm of direct interpolation for NC machining and the algorithm of monotonism analysis for optimization. He and his team developed a series of NC equipments and software packages on mechanical CAD, which has been widely used in various industries like machinery, aeronautics, astronautics and energy. Dr. Zhou has got 11 books and over 200 papers published and was honored several times with the State Award for Science and Technology Progress. Click to see full bio.

Introduced by MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson

Sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost

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Dynamics of Chinese Economy and Society —
A Perspective of a Real Estate Entrepreneur

A Conversation with Professors Yung Ho Chang and Yasheng Huang

March 10, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MIT Building E51-345

Zhang XinZhang Xin
CEO, Co-founder SOHO China

Zhang Xinis one of the first private entrepreneurs to engage in commercial real estate development in China. She has led the company she co-founded in 1995 with her husband Pan Shiyi, SOHO China, in becoming the largest developer in Beijing. As CEO of SOHO China, she also led the company to an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2007, which has the distinction of being Asia’s largest commercial real estate IPO as of today.  Click to see full bio.

Introduced by MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson

Sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost

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The Development of Clean Energy in China: With Innovation Leading the Way

January 21, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Stata Center, Patil Conference Room 32-G449

Dinghuan ShiDinghuan Shi
Counselor, State Council of the People's Republic of China
President, China Renewable Energy Society
Former Secretary General, Ministry of Science & Technology

Supported by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, which is funded by the Henry Luce and C.V. Starr Foundations.

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"China's Economy: What's Next?"

Wednesday, December 15
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
MIT Stata Center, Room 32-141
Refreshments will be served

Featured Panelists:

Richard B. FreemanRichard B. Freeman, Ascherman Professor of Ecnomics, Harvard University

Jun FuJun Fu, Professor of Political Economy and Dean of the School of Government, Peking University

Shan LiShan Li, UBS Investment Bank's Vice Chairman, Asia

Bin QiBin Qi, Director-General of Research Center, China Securities Regulatory Commission


Philip Khoury, Associate, Provost, MIT


Yasheng Huang, International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business, MIT Sloan School of Management

In August 2010, China formally overtook Japan as the second largest economy in the world. While developed economies are still mired in low growth and high unemployment, China's economy has soared to new heights since 2008. However, there are signs of uncertainty and unease as inflation rises in China and its real estate market experiences one of history's biggest bubbles.

So what's next for China's economy? 

A distinguished panel of experts on Chinese economy, as well as business practitioners, will sort through these conflicting perspectives. Panelists include Professor Richard B. Freeman, Chair of Harvard University's Department of Economics; Professor Jun Fu, Dean of the School of Government at Peking University; Shan Li, USB Investment Bank's Vice Chairman in Asia; and Bin Qi, the Director-General of the China Securities Regulatory Commission's Research Center.

Hosted by: 

Office of the Associate Provost

"From Experimental Physics to Internet Entrepreneurship: One Scientist's Journey"

Charles Zhang Co-Sponsored by the MIT School of Science Dean's Colloquium

Thursday, October 7, 2010

3:45 p.m.    Community Reception Pappalardo Room 4-349
4:15 p.m.    Colloquium and Q&A Building 10-250

On Thursday, October 7, MIT alumnus Charles Zhang will speak at MIT in an event co-hosted by the School of Science's Dean's Colloquium. Zhang will share his entrepreneurial journey from his days at the Institute to his founding SOHU.COM, an online portal for news, communication, and information indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese.

Prior to founding SOHU. Dr. Zhang worked for Internet Securities (ISI) Incorporated and helped establish its China operations. Prior to joining ISI, he worked as Massachusetts Institute of Technology's liaison officer with China.

Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D degree in experimental physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from Qinghua University in Beijing.

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Addressing Climate Change: Developing a Low-carbon Economy

On Wednesday, October 7. 2009, Professor Xu Kuangdi, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering addressed on China’s current initiatives on developing a low-carbon economy.

Professor Xu Kuangdi is the President of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Former Mayer of Shanghai City (1995-2001) and former Vice Chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

A 1959 graduate of the Beijing Institute of Iron and Steel Engineering, Prof Xu held various teaching positions of higher learning institutes, including Beijing Institute of Iron and Steel Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering, and Shanghai University of Technology. He spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Imperial College of the United Kingdom, and later joined Scandinavian Lancer Corporation in Sweden as chief engineer and technical manager.

Professor Xu returned to Shanghai University of Technology as Executive Vice-President. He subsequently became Vice Chairman of Shanghai Education Commission and Director General of the Municipal Bureau for Higher Education. His distinguished career has garnered him significant recognition outside his native country: Professor Xu is the Foreign Member of Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers of the United Kingdom.

Professor Xu was elected as the President of China Federation of Industrial Economics in 2003, and he took up his position as the President of China-US People's Friendship Association in May 2004.

You can view the slides of the talk.


China and the Global Financial Crisis: Implications for the Future of China-U.S. Relations

On Friday, March 13, 2009, Joseph Kahn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Deputy Foreign Editor of the New York Times, shared his thoughts about how the Chinese leadership is handling the economic crisis and the impact its actions are having on China and the outside world.

Joseph Kahn became the deputy foreign editor of the New York Times in early 2008. Prior to that he was the Beijing bureau chief for the newspaper. He has also reported on international economic issues in the Times’ Washington Bureau, and covered Wall Street based in New York.

Mr. Kahn joined the Times in January, 1998. Before that he spent four years as a China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. He also worked for the Dallas Morning News as a city desk reporter and foreign correspondent.

Born in Boston, Mass., on August 19, 1964, Mr. Kahn graduated from Harvard College in 1987, with a cum laude degree in American History. In 1990, he received a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Kahn was part of a team of reporters at the Dallas Morning News that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1994 for stories on violence against women around the world. He and his Beijing-based colleague, Jim Yardley, won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2006 for their coverage of China’s evolving legal system. He has received a number of other prizes, including an Overseas Press Club award and the Grantham prize for “Choking on Growth,” a series of stories on China’s environmental problems.


“China’s Development and China-US Relations”

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, the Forum welcomed His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, to the Institute.

On January 1, 2009, China and the United States marked 30 years of diplomatic relations. Appointed ambassador to the U.S. in 2005, His Excellency witnessed the remarkable development of the Sino-American relationship over the long course of diplomatic career, including more than 15 years of service within the U.S. as Deputy Consul General in San Francisco, Consul General in Los Angeles, and Minister of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC.

You can view a video of the event, or read a transcript.


“China’s Economic Transformation in Perspective”

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Professsor Yingyi Qian, Dean, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management


“R&D Manufacturing in China: Lessons Learned”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Victor Cheng, President of Delta Networks Incorporated

Paul Hsu, President of the Epoch Foundation; Chairman/CEO of PHYCOS International

Barry Lam, Chairman of Quanta Computers Incorporated

“Competitiveness of Chinese Enterprises in the Global Era”

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Weiying Zhang, Dean and Professor of Economics, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

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