stars China symposium 2018 
China - Back to the Future
22 - 25 April 2018 
Shangri-La, Chengdu


Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of China's economic, political, scientific, environmental and social trends and developments which will impact business and society worldwide over the next 3-5 years.
  • Broaden the horizon through interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue between top speakers and participants from companies and other organizations from China and all over the world.
  • Get on-the-ground impressions of the rapidly growing IT and high-tech ecosystem in Pidu, including a visit of China's leading university for electronic science and technology as well as discussions with a range of tech companies from the local start-up scene to global leaders like Huawei.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

16.00

Welcome Coffee

Shangri-La, Foyer, 1st Floor
17.00

Welcome Address

Toni SCHOENENBERGER, Executive Chairman, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

Jean-Jacques DE DARDEL, Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, to the Republic of Mongolia and to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with Residence in Beijing

Shangri-La, Nan River Room
17.30

Doing Business in Southwest China

YI Yang, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau, Chengdu

Senior Representative of Chengdu High-Tech Zone

Panel Discussion

Joerg WUTTKE, President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (2014-2017); Chief Representative, BASF China, Beijing

YI Yang, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau, Chengdu

ZHANG Cirui, CEO and Founder, Light & Effects, stars alumnus, Chengdu

Senior Representative of Chengdu High-Tech Zone

Senior Representative of Foreign Company

19.30

Dinner, hosted by Light & Effects

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot Restaurant

Monday, 23 April 2018

from 6.00

Breakfast

Shangri-La, Z-Café, 1st Floor
7.30

Departure

Shangri-La, Lobby, 2nd Floor
9.00

Company Visit: Foxconn

Chengdu High-Tech Zone West Park
11.00

Company Visit: Huawei

Chengdu High-Tech Zone West Park
13.00

Lunch, hosted by Pidu District Government

Wyndham Hotel
14.30

Pidu's Startup Scene

Introduction to TusPark

Three entrepreneurs present their business ideas

Interactive discussion with the entrepreneurs in three break-out groups

TusPark, Jingrong Town
16.30

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Senior Representative of Pidu District

Senior Representatives of Chinese Companies

Senior Representative of Foreign Company

Exhibition Center, Jingrong Town

Panel Discussion

18.30

Dinner, hosted by Pidu District Government

Wyndham Hotel
20.00

Departure

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

from 6.00

Breakfast

Shangri-La, Z-Café, 1st Floor
8.30

Shaping the New World Order

 

Shangri-La, Nan River Room

Competition, Cooperation and Conflict: Can China and the USA get along?

HUANG Jing, Dean of the School of International Studies, Sichuan University, Chengdu

Trade: One Belt One Road (OBOR), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

JI Zhiye (tbc), President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing

Finance: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Senior Representative of AIIB

The Rise of China in the Global Context

Urs SCHOETTLI, Consultant on Asian Affairs, former East-Asia Correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tokyo/Zurich

10.00

Coffee Break

10.30

Panel Discussion with all four speakers

12.00

Lunch

Shangri-La, Fu River Room
13.00

Departure

Shangri-La, Lobby, 2nd Floor
14.00

Chengdu Planning Exhibition Hall

Tianfu Avenue
15.00

Site Visit to Singapore-Sichuan High-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP)

Chengdu High-Tech Zone South Park

SSCIP: the Platform for Innovation

Kelvin TEO (tbc), CEO, Sembcorp Development, Singapore

From Braindrain to Braingain: How to Attract the Best Talent - Panel Discussion

Senior Representatives of Companies located in SSCIP

Flying Dinner, hosted by SSCIP

19.00

Departure

19.30

Visit of A4 Art Museum

Sunny SUN, Artistic Director, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu

A4 Art Museum
21.30

Departure

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

from 6.00

Breakfast

Shangri-La, Z-Café, 1st Floor
8.30

China and the World 2030: Business Risks and Opportunities

Michael BARBALAS, Member of the Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing

HUANG Shan, Associate Managing Editor, Editorial Board Member, Caixin Media, Beijing, stars alumnus

Charles LIU, Founder Venture Partner, HAO Capital, Beijing

Eugene QIAN, Chairman of China Strategy Board, UBS Group, Shanghai

SUN Jian Jun, Head of GIC China, Shanghai Office, Regional Head for Real Estate in Greater China, Shanghai

Shangri-La, Nan River Room
9.45

Coffee Break

10.15

Panel Discussion with all five speakers

Shangri-La, Nan River Room
11.45

Concluding Remarks

Toni SCHOENENBERGER, Executive Chairman, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

12.00

Lunch

Shangri-La, Fu River Room
13.30

Option 1: Visit of Chongqing
(till Friday, 27 April, 14.00)

Option 2: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Option 3: Individual Meetings

Moderation:

  • Mark DITTLI, Leading Economic Journalist, Zurich, Switzerland
  • David ERNE, Director Asia, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

stars reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the programme. The full terms and conditions of stars are available here.

9 January 2018