Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Brown China Summit 2017

Friday, April 21 –
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street & Saturday, Kassar House, Foxboro Auditorium, 151 Thayer Street

The conference is free and open to the public.  Please register here.

The BCS organizing committee has chosen “From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Created in China’” as the theme for this year’s summit. The committee believes this theme is most representative of the challenges and opportunities arising not only in China but in other parts of the world during this era of political and economic uncertainty. Brown China Summit 2017, more than ever, seeks to provide a platform through which different parties – regardless of race, gender and nationality – can communicate and cooperate to take us one step closer to finding international solutions.

Brown China Summit 2017 consists of a keynote speech and three panels (Education, Foreign Policy and Green Technology).


Friday, April 21st

5:00pm-6:30pm Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker

Qiyue Zhang, Consul General of China in New York

Saturday, April 22nd

10:00am - 11:30am Foreign Policy Panel

Aynne Kokas, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia

Kaiser Kuo, Founder of SupChina and Sinica Podcast, Freelance American Writer, former member of the rock band Tang Dynasty

Guang Wang, Chief CCTV America Correspondent

1:30pm - 3:00pm Foreign Policy Panel

Zhongying Pang, Professor of International Relation at Renmin University of China

Gabriel Wildau, Financial Times Shanghai Bureau Chief

Geng Xiao, Professor of Finance and Public Policy at The University of Hong Kong

3:00pm - 4:00pm Keynote Speech by Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao, CEO of Deep Glint

4:00pm - 5:30pm Green Technology Panel

Craig Hart, Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University's Energy Policy & Climate program; ENN Associate Professor at Renmin University at China

Sophie Lu, Head of China Research for Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Robert Wang, Managing Director of BYD Electronic

5:30pm - 6:00pm Reception + Meet & Greet Speakers

Brown-China Summit

Brown China Summit (BCS) is an annual two-day event held at Brown University with the goal of promoting cross-cultural discussion of China-related topics among the Brown community. BCS is student run and since the summit’s inception in 2013, has brought together hundreds of Brown students each year into conversation with a diverse group of speakers – ranging from scholars, government officials and corporate representatives – to highlight trends and discuss issues critical not only to China, but to the world as a whole.