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2011 Columbia China Prospects Conference: Towards Sustainable Growth
2012 Columbia China Prospects Conference: Leadership in Transition – China for Further Reform
2013 Columbia China Prospects Conference: Explore the Value of China
2014 Columbia China Prospects Conference: China’s Dialogue with the World

This year the forum shall continue to discuss developmental strategies and challenges China faces in the current international situation from multiple perspectives, as well as elaborating on the challenges and opportunities China might face in the future.



Analysis of current Chinese economy, prediction of future Chinese growth, the evolving U.S.-China relations under the Trump administration, outlook of TPP, avoiding a zero-sum U.S.-China trade war.

In 2016, Chinese economy experience downward pressure and caught global attention as the second largest economy in the world. At the same time, signs of American economic recovery are beginning to emerge—its production and consumption are increasing continuously and its employment rate has hit a historical high. Besides, Trump’s victory in the president election put American development as a global focus. Recently, Trump has taken several measures such as withdrawing the U.S. from TPP. In such a situation, which direction shall Chinese economy follow and how should we treat Chinese and American economic development? There are more questions to be discussed. We shall attempt to discuss the following topics in this conversation:
(1) Economic Prospects: Analyze current Chinese economy; predict the future development; how should China conduct self-improvement?
(2) Comparison between China and America: Analyze current global economy; predict the future development of global economy; predict China-U.S. relations and cooperation outlook; how should overseas students position themselves?
(3) Industry Analysis: Current situations of mainstream industries in China and U.S.; developing tendency of various industries in the future; new opportunities of emerging industries.


Information technology & Artificial intelligence, New types of traditional medicine & Gene-modify technology, Internet and Cloud computing era & Big Data.

As the world’s most elite university, Columbia University’s research in science and technology has been ranked top around the world. Naturally, there are series of technology-related legends such as the Manhattan Project in WWII, the introduction of green fluorescent protein labeling, or development of LCD and SIP. Every year, scientists from Columbia University create around 175 inventions in the field of health science. Their patent-related income ranks the highest among global universities. In addition, benefiting from its location in New York—the financial center of the world, technology innovation is strongly supported by capital economy and development of technology enterprises. The technology forum of this CCPC shall start from Chinese fastest developed technology and choose the hottest topics in recent years to communicate with Columbia University students.


China now faces more and more serious environmental problems, such as intensified fog weather, deteriorated river water, deforestation, land desertification, bio-diversity decline, etc. Furthermore, global warming, rise of sea level, increased intensity of extreme weather and other problems caused by climate changes warn us that environmental problems should be solved immediately. As the two largest economies in the world, both China and USA are facing the same problem—how to save energy and reduce carbon emission. It counts a lot to curb environmental pollution and maintain stable economic development at the same time. As we all know, both China and USA have devoted a lot to developing new energy. What influences would shale gas bring to Chinese energy in several future years? Shall we devote more attention to shale gas development or sustainable energy? How should coal & iron industry transform or upgrade? How much should be invested in new energy and technology research? How to reduce or adjust the influences on other traditional fossil industries? Which way shall China follow in response of climate change and pollution? How should the governments and investors adjust and adapt themselves to the situations? Chinese utilization of energy has decreased and its economic development remains stable, how would it affect other countries? Which countries would affect Chinese development and energy demands in the future?


The Clash and simulation of traditional Chinese Culture and Western ideals, outport of Chinese culture, making of Chinese international image, multi regional film culture communication.

Chinese are playing a more and more important role in world culture, whether it is the moment a Chinese American director showing us his Academy Award for Best Directing, a music talent presenting wonderful shows on Grammy stage, a Chinese actor raising his prize cup of Academy Honorary Award and speaking of his pride as Chinese. More and more Chinese demonstrate glories on the global stage, with enormous images and articles displaying traditional Chinese culture. However, except being nourished in traditional culture, what shall we do to better advocate Chinese art and culture? How shall we adjust to and learn from the world culture? How should China boost and reshape Chinese culture in a forward leaning global vision when the globalization is developing fast?



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