China Goes Global Conference (2011)


Sunday, October 2, 2011 (All day) to Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (All day)


Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Conference
China’s present status in the world economy is already very impressive: The country is the world’s most populous nation, biggest trader and recipient of inbound investment, and second largest economy (in GDP PPP), and third largest trader, and the largest recipient of foreign direct investment. China has 170 cities of over one million people, as well as three of the world’s largest 20 cities: Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. With over 800 million cell phone subscribers and the largest online population, China is also a major force in the introduction and diffusion of technology.

Not only a source for cheap labor, China is also now a major market for consumer goods. It buys over 12 percent of the world’s luxury goods. It is a major player in world energy markets. In the area of finance, Chinese banks are now among the world’s largest in terms of market capitalization. In addition, China has over two trillion dollars in foreign currency reserves. While China has many economic achievements under its belt, it also suffers problems that can seriously hinder its development. China’s fast economic growth is unbalanced and, perhaps, unsustainable. China’s governance still lags behind on many indicators and the rule of law is weak. The Chinese Communist Party retains a tight grip on many activities, limiting human rights and civil liberties. The environment is polluted and products coming out of China are unsafe for consumption.

In this context, the Ash Center announces the fifth international research conference examining China’s globalization. The conference seeks multi-disciplinary approaches, which can include analyses of China’s businesses, economic environment, political systems, and social structures.

HKS Student Lottery
The Ash Center is very pleased to announce that seats for panel presentations are available through a lottery process to HKS students. The panel presentations will take place on October 3rd and 4th. This is a multi-university fee-based conference, so we will be unable to provide meals to lottery winners. More information on this conference>>

Students interested in attending a panel at the conference may apply for the lottery by reviewing the agenda, and completing the lottery registration form. Please complete the registration form no later than Tuesday, September 27.

Lottery winners will be announced via email on Wednesday, September 28. Lottery winners will need to pick up their tickets on September 29th or 30th in the lobby of the Ash Center at 124 Mount Auburn St., 2nd Floor North. Guests will not be admitted without a ticket.