CHINA’S INNOVATORS - The secret of Alibaba's success

20 October 2016 - 04:00 - 21 October 2016 - 03:00
Innovation-driven development is rising rapidly up China’s reform and modernisation agenda, with Beijing setting out a step-by-step approach for building China into an innovative nation by 2020, an international leader in innovation by 2030 and a world powerhouse of scientific and technological innovation by 2050. Propelling the Chinese innovation drive forward are the country’s high-profile tech entrepreneurs like Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant.

ChinaEU and the China Internet Development Foundation (CIDF), in association with Friends of Europe, are delighted to invite you to a Policy Insight debate with Duncan Clark, author of “Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built”, on China’s innovation drive and what it means for Europe and the world.

  • What is the secret behind Alibaba’s phenomenal success – and can it continue?

  • Who are the other tech wizards and what are the forces propelling the rise of China’s e-commerce and technology giants?

  • Is China’s education system ready to take up the challenge of encouraging entrepreneurs ?


09.30 - 10.00 Registration of participants
10.00 - 12.00 Policy insight 'China's innovators: The secret of Alibaba's success'

Introductory remarks by
Claudia Vernotti, Director of ChinaEU


Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director of Policy at Friends of Europe

12.00 End of debate




Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa is expanding, reflecting the increasing global importance of emerging economies. We track these developments through our Asia Programme and Europe-China Forum, and through our work looking at the EU vision and strategy towards China, India, Japan and ASEAN, and its role in the Asia-Europe Meeting.


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20 October