Published on 07 Sep 2018

2018 Lien China Development Forum in Beijing: Deepening Collaborations for Win-win Developmental Outcomes

Lien China Development Forum is a biennial high profile summit held in China, where Lien fellows and world renowned scholars and practitioners gather to exchange views on current issues pertaining to China's development.

Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA)'s Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship collaborated with China Center for International Economic Exchanges to organise the 4th Lien China Development Forum, held on 7 Sept in Beijing, China.

This year, the theme is "Deepening the Co-operation and Win-win Situation of the Maritime Silk Road". The forum allowed scholars and experts from both China and ASEAN countries to actively discuss and make suggestions on the implementation for better developmental outcomes.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development initiative proposed by the Chinese government that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. It is a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future. The BRI also refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. 

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership between ASEAN and China, and ASEAN countries are all located along the Maritime Silk Road. ASEAN expects to maintain a close, stable and mutually beneficial relationship with China and continue to work to expand and deepen the cooperation between the two parties.

Director of NCPA Professor Liu Hong delivered the welcome address. In his speech, he mentioned that last year the Lien Foundation and NTU supported the establishment of a programme under NCPA, which is the only programme under any higher education institute in Singapore that is focused on the research, education and executive training on the Belt and Road Initiative.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh was amongst over 20 speakers at the event, which saw more than 200 attendees. Prof Suresh spoke at the event on the challenges of Industry 4.0 on humanity and public policy. He also explained, higher education institutions have a duty to ensure that every educated person has the ability to become a lifelong learner, so as to adjust to new roles and careers in the face of disruptive technologies.

The other speakers present at the conference included Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the People's Republic of China & Member of Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Council Stanley Loh, who gave an opening address;  former Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission & Executive Vice Chairman of China Center for International Economic Exchanges Mr Zhang Xiaoqiang who gave the keynote speech, and Prof Joseph Liow, Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, NTU & Dean of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, who chaired the opening session.