FutureChina Global Forum 2010

Day 1, Monday 12 July 2010
0800hrs - 0900hrs Delegate registration

0900hrs – 0915hrs


Welcome and opening remarks


Chua Thian Poh, Chairman, Business China, Singapore


0910hrs – 1030hrs

Opening plenary session

Looking at China’s road map over the next 10 years


What will be the key factors, both domestic and external, that will shape China’s evolution over the next 10 years? A framework-setting contribution for the Forum’s discussions.


Wu Jianmin, Executive Vice Chairman, China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy, People’s Republic of China


Moderated by:
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Associates, Switzerland


1000hrs – 1115hrs


A business/economist plenary roundtable
A new growth story for China: What will change in China’s economic strategy in the coming years? 
Everyone recognizes that China’s growth strategy in the next 10 years will have to be quite different.
  • To what extent will China be able to continue to rely on “cheap labour”?
  • How much of a constraining factor, or additional boost, will the environment and climate change prove to be
  • How will China be able to develop its domestic consumption in order to achieve more balanced growth?
  • How technology-driven will China’s future growth be?
Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow & Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, United States
Lim Cheng Teck , Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited, People’s Republic of China
Chen Siqing, Executive Vice President, Bank of China Group, People’s Republic of China
Moderated by:
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Associates, Switzerland
1115hrs – 1145hrs

Networking break

1145hrs - 1245hrs


Panel discussion

Getting inside the mind of Chinese consumers


Companies and products, from all sectors, have made huge inroads into the Chinese market, becoming known and beloved brands for Chinese consumers.

  • How can these market opportunities be identified?
  • How will the tastes and needs of Chinese consumers evolve over the coming years?
  • How brand and price sensitive is the Chinese consumer?
  • What are the key factors that corporations need to leverage in order to be successful in the Chinese market?
  • How fragmented is the Chinese market in terms of purchasing power and regional differences?


Tim Love, CEO, APIMA, Omnicom Group Inc, United States

Kunal Sinha, Regional Cultural Insights Director, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, People's Republic of China


Moderated by:
Tan Chin Tiong, President, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore


1145hrs - 1245hrs


Panel discussion

Looking at the dynamics of reform and change in China


An integrated picture of China today and steps taken to achieve its current positioning as a global player.

  • What are the trends, forces and factors shaping China's process of reform and economic development?
  • What to expect from China as a business partner, as an economic power and as a new geopolitical giant?

A discussion with:

Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Zhang Fengbo, A Leading Chinese Economist, People’s Republic of China


Moderated by:
James Hexter, Director, McKinsey & Co., Chairman, Beijing Office, People’s Republic of China


1145hrs - 1245hrs



Tell me about risk in China


For competitive international businesses, there is no option but to invest in one of the world’s largest growing markets and rising economic power.

  • In addition to “classic risk assessment” what are the additional elements that need to be taken into account when dealing in, and with, China?
  • To what extent do both cultural and corporate cultural differences impact on risk assessment and risk management in China?
  • Is the degree and nature of risk changing as China becomes increasingly integrated into global regulatory and rules-based frameworks?


A discussion between:

Vincent Chan, CEO, Spring Capital & President, HK Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, Hong Kong SAR

Jack Perkowski, Managing Partner, JFP Holdings, United States


Moderated by:
Huan Jing, Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore


1245hrs – 1430hrs


Plenary luncheon

The future of the US-China relations, an American perspective


Jon M.Huntsman Jr., US Ambassador to People’s Republic of China


Moderated by:
Josephine Teo , Chief Executive Officer, Business China, Singapore


1445hrs – 1600hrs


Plenary brainstorming session

China’s role in the new geopolitical landscape: The view from Beijing….and from the outside world


  • How will China’s role on the international stage evolve and how willing will Beijing be in the coming years to assume greater international responsibilities?
  • Does the Chinese leadership already have a clear vision of what role it wants China to play on the international scene, despite continued claims that China will remain a developing country for many years to come?
  • Do Chinese leaders consider that there is a convergence of interest between China and the other BRIC countries?
  • To what extent will China leverage its increasing clout to re-shape the structures of global governance?


Ronnie Chan, Chairman Hang Lung Properties Ltd, Hong Kong, SAR

François Godement, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, France

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Center for Policy Research, India

Shen Dingli , Professor and Executive Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, People’s Republic of China

Shi Yinhong, Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre on American Studies, Renmin University, People’s Republic of China


Moderated by:
Tommy Koh, Ambassador-At-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Special Adviser, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore


1600hrs – 1630hrs

Networking break

1630hrs – 1800hrs

Debate in parallel

China’s cultural explosion: shaping the people’s dreams


China has witnessed an explosion in arts and culture from film to sculpture, painting, music, theatre and new media.
· What trends are emerging, and what influence do they have on shaping the perceptions and mindsets of Chinese citizens of different generations?

  • How much is China becoming part of the global culture?
  • What about the juxtaposition between the traditional and the modern?
  • How is Chinese media contributing to the changing values, expectations and aspirations of Chinese individuals?
  • What does this mean for the fabric of traditional Chinese society?


Charles H. C. Kao, Founder and Chairman, Global Views Monthly, Taiwan

Elephant Xiang, Award-Winning Artist, People’s Republic of China

Yan Yunxiang, Professor Co-Director, Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA, United States


Moderated by:
Lim Jim Koon, Editor, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore


1630hrs – 1800hrs


Debate in parallel

The reshaping of China’s society: How rural and urban realities will evolve in the coming years


Approximately 55 % of China’s population, or roughly 700 million people, live in rural areas (2009). Many of these rural areas still lack basic services such as clean drinking water, healthcare and education. It is also in rural areas that most manifestations of social unrest occur.

  • How is the leadership coping with the growing frustration of the rural population?
  • How can the continuing migration to urban centers be managed?
  • What future can be expected for rural populations and what challenges exist, in particular for women living in the countryside?
  • What challenges will the urban explosion continue to bring and how is the leadership responding?


Jean C. Oi, William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies & Founding Director, Stanford China Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, United States

James Wen, Professor, Trinity College, United States

Wu Qing, Professor of Beijing Foreign Studies University & Board Member, The Cultural Development Center for Rural Women, People’s Republic of China

Xie Lihua, Board Chair, Beijing Cultural Development Center for Rural Women, People’s Republic of China


Moderated by:
Huang Jing,Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore


1630hrs – 1800hrs


Roundtable plenary discussion in parallel

Science and technology: China's new frontier?


China has placed a top priority on developing world-class higher education, research, science and technology capabilities as it aims to move toward knowledge and innovation-based economy. It has established itself as a global player in key industry sectors, such as pharmaceutical, biotech and alternative energy. 400 of the Fortune 500 have R&D centres in China today.

  • What is the current status of China’s capabilities in terms of scientific and technological innovation?
  • How will this impact on China’s economic strategy and trajectory?
  • How will the global balance of R&D power evolve over the next 2 decades?


Jin Kewen, General Manager, Charles River Laboratories (CRL), People’s Republic of China

Zhu Yizhun, Dean of Pharmacy, Fudan University & Professor, National University of Singapore, People’s Republic of China

Su Guaning, President, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore


Moderated by:
Jack Perkowski, Managing Partner, JFP Holdings, United States


1830hrs – 1915hrs Cocktail Reception
19300hrs – 2200hrs

Dinner Dialogue with keynote speaker


Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor, Singapore


Moderated by:
Robin Hu, Chairman of Singapore Centre for Chinese Language & Executive Vice President, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore


Featuring a special performance by Singapore Chinese Orchestra led by Musical Director Maestro, Yeh Tsung.


For security and protocol reasons, all guests are requested to arrive before 7.15pm, seated in the ballroom by 7.30pm.


Day 2,Tuesday 13 July 2010

0830hrs – 1000hrs


Plenary in parallel roundtable discussion

How will China project its financial power over the next decade?


China today, with USD 2 400 billion, has the highest amount of foreign reserves in the world. Through its sovereign fund and state-owned companies, the Chinese government is acquiring assets for their strategic value (energy, commodities, minerals), in addition to stakes in major international corporations.

  • What projections can be made about the evolution of China’s financial capabilities?
  • How will China leverage this growing financial power?
  • In which sectors and regions can Chinese investment be expected to grow?
  • Is there a risk of a backlash?


A discussion between:
Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, United States

Xiao Geng, Professor and Director, Columbia University Global Center in Beijing, People’s Republic of China


Moderated by:
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Associates, Switzerland


0830hrs – 1000hrs


Plenary in parallel roundtable discussion

The future of the private sector in China


The role of China’s private sector has been expanding at phenomenal rates. According to a Chinese government source, 90% of the jobs created in the first part of 2010 came from the private sector. At the same time, Chinese entrepreneurs are increasingly looking beyond China’s borders.

  • What are the key strengths of Chinese private sector companies?
  • What challenges do Chinese private sector companies face as the Chinese market gets increasingly competitive and they aspire to go international?
  • What measures can Chinese private sector companies implement to overcome these challenges?
  • Where do you think the Chinese private sector will be on the global stage in 10 years?
  • Is there anything particular about the dynamic between the public and private sector in China that should be highlighted?


Fang Fenglei, Chairman, Hopu Investment Management, People’s Republic of China

Liu Yonghao, Chairman, New Hope Group, People’s Republic of China

Wei Ying Chiao, Chairman, Ting Hsin International Group, Taiwan


Moderated by:
James Hexter, Director, McKinsey & Co, Chairman, Beijing Office, People’s Republic of China


1000hrs -1030hrs Networking break

1030hrs -1130hrs



Who are China's rising political stars?


China has created a system of leadership change, which seems to be working very smoothly. We already know the next top two leaders who are being groomed to assume power in 2012.

  • In what way could they differ from their predecessors?
  • What characterizes the emerging generation of leaders who will assume their positions in the top tier of the leadership structure?
  • Who are the people to watch?


Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Pei Minxin, Professor of Government, Roberts Fellow & Director, Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College, United States

Wang Gungwu, Professor, National University of Singapore, Chairman of East Asian Institute, Singapore


Moderated by:
François Godement, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, France


1030hrs -1130hrs


Panel discussion in parallel

China growth: How green will it be?


  • How will China’s economic priorities evolve to take into account environmental challenges?
  • What opportunities exist for China in pursuing greener growth?
  • Will greener growth necessarily mean slower growth?
  • To what extent will Beijing be able to enforce environment regulations in view of the provinces continued emphasis on high growth?


Chan Han Meng, Executive Director, Nature Elements Capital, People’s Republic of China

Li Bo, President, Friends of Nature, People’s Republic of China

Lin Jian, CEO, Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange (SEEE), People’s Republic of China

Wang Canfa, Professor, China University of Political Science and Law & Chairman, Environmental Law, Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, People’s Republic of China


113hrs -1245hrs


Plenary session

China's rise: Redrawing Asia's map


The rise of China is creating a new economic and geopolitical reality in Asia.

  • How is Japan coming to terms with China’s rise?
  • What is the impact of the growing economic integration in North East Asia (Japan, Korea, China)?
  • How is the rise of China impacting on the way Asia looks at itself as an economic region?
  • Is China going to be a force for economic integration in the region?
  • How will the complex relationship between the US and China, in terms of influence in the region, evolve?
  • How will the mix of cooperation and competition be managed in the India-China relationship? How will the evolution of this relationship impact on the whole region?


Guo Dingping, Professor of Political Science, School of International Relations and Public Affairs & Vice-Dean, Institute of International Studies & Director, Center for Japanese Studies, Fudan University, People’s Republic of China

Prem Shankar Jha, Author and Independent Journalist, India

Lim Hua Sing , Professor, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies & Director, Institute of Chinese Economies, Waseda University, Japan


Moderated by:
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Associates, Switzerland


1245hrs -1300hrs Networking Break

1300hrs - 1445hrs


Closing plenary luncheon

China's re-emergence on the global stage


George Yong-Boon Yeo, Foreign Ministerm Singapore


Moderated by:
Josephione Teo, Chief Executive Officer,Business China, Singapore




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