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‘China dialogues’ launch underway with engaged participation on harmonious society


By dxw

Speakers included Professor Shi Weimin from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Professor FuJun from the School of Government ,Peking University and Professor Wang Changjiang from the Central Party School of the Communist Party.

Dialogue with China: towards ‘harmonious society’ governance, participation and social cohesion

Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 November 2010 (WP1055)

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Wilton Park Chief Executive, Richard Burge, leads these strategic programmes, which examine the ways of working with China as a key player across global, political, economic and commercial arenas. The launch meeting examined the Chinese concept of ‘harmonious society’ 和谐社会 in the context of a booming economic shift, and dramatic social and political changes.


WP1055 Christine Shields
Above: Christine Shields speaking at the conference


Programme Director Adela Gooch took a strong lead on the discussions as the Conference Chairperson. They were joined by Stephen King, Chief Economist at HSBC and Christine Shields, Head of Country Risk Research at Standard Bank.

WP1055 Philip Blond
Philip Blond speaking at the conference

The Participants also heard a presentation from Philip Blond, Director of ResPublica think tank on the UK debate related to the “big society” – exploring synergies with Chinese options to solve social and economic concerns.

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Taking part in our podcast – from left: Wang Yiwei, Lai Hairong, Richard Burge, Joseph Fewsmith and Willy Lam

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