Ash Center Hosts Fifth Annual China Goes Global Conference

October 2, 2011
Ash Center Hosts Fifth Annual China Goes Global Conference

Cambridge, Mass. – Today the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced it will host the fifth annual China Goes Global conference Sunday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Held at Harvard Kennedy School, this international research conference will convene over 100 participants from government, academic, nonprofit, and business sectors to present original, multi-disciplinary research on China’s globalization.

China plays an increasingly important role in the world economy: the country is the world's most populous nation, the biggest trader and recipient of foreign direct investment, and the second largest economy (in GDP PPP). China is now a major market for consumer goods. Over 800 million Chinese citizens are cell phone subscribers, 12 percent of all of the world’s luxury goods are bought in China, and the country boasts the world’s largest online population. Chinese banks are now among the world’s largest in terms of market capitalization and the country holds over two trillion dollars in foreign currency reserves. Despite these successes, critics argue that the country’s growth is unbalanced and unsustainable in the long term and environmental and social factors could hinder future growth.

China Goes Global will feature 17 panel discussions offering original research and analysis on China’s businesses, economic environment, political systems, and social structures. In addition, the following three keynote speakers will make addresses:

      • Professor John Child is Emeritus Chair of Commerce at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. He is also an elected fellow of the Academy of International Business.
      • Professor Yadong Luo is the Emery M. Findley Distinguished Chair of Graduate Business Studies and professor of management at the University of Miami, where he served as chairman of Management Department. He is also an elected fellow of the Academy of International Business.
      • Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor is the former dean of Harvard Kennedy School. He has served as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs, chair of the National Intelligence Council, and deputy under secretary of state for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology.

When: Sunday, October 2 – Tuesday, October 4, 2011  Full conference program
Where: Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

This is a ticketed event. For more information, please visit Journalists interested in covering the conference should contact Kate Hoagland at (617) 495-4347 to reserve a space.

China Goes Global is co-sponsored by the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School; the Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology; Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany; and the Crummer Graduate School of Business and Rollins China Center, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. The conference is part of a larger initiative encouraging multidisciplinary and transnational research on the Chinese economy and its enterprises.

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. For more information, visit