CRCC Asia were pleased to sponsor the second ‘China Goes Global’ Lecture, supported by Pembroke College Cambridge and Cambridge Judge Business School which took place on 12th March 2015.
CRCC Asia and the Kirkwood Family Foundation arranged for Rob Gifford, correspondent for The Economist and until recently the magazine’s China editor, to deliver the lecture on ‘What Does China Want?’ The lecture was fully booked and attended by approximately one hundred Cambridge students and VIPs. After the keynote speech, Dr Simon Learmount chaired the Q&A discussion with fellow panellists Sir Christopher Hum, former British ambassador to China and Pembroke alumnus, and Charlie Kirkwood, founder of the Kirkwood Family Foundation who has over 30 years’ experience working with businesses in China.
Gifford argued that the answer to what China wants lies in China’s history, and related a broad overview of its domestic and foreign policy back to the country’s desire to re-establish its rightful position in the world and restore the respect it believes it deserves. He concluded that only by implementing a greater degree of rule of law can China achieves the stability and growth it needs, and wants. The diverse audience was comprised of many nationalities and students’ questions broached a wide range of topics from China’s relationship with Sri Lanka to whether China was following a Japanese model of development.
During the event, sponsors CRCC Asia and the Kirkwood Family Foundation were delighted to present two scholarships for CRCC Asia’s Award-Winning China Internship Program. The CRCC Asia-Pembroke China Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Farmery, a second year HSPS student, and the CRCC Asia-Cambridge China Scholarship to Samuel Burr, a Maths student at St Catharine’s College.
The lecture culminated with a dinner at High Table in Pembroke College Cambridge, presided over by Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG, OBE, Master of Pembroke College.
Recordings of the whole lecture and Question and Answer session were recorded and are available, please click here to watch it on our YouTube channel.