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China events highlight digital innovation

May’s China Business Forum (CBF) and WeChat Open Class both put the spotlight on China’s position in the next global digital revolution.

Leading regional experts gathered for the CBF, including China Charge d’Affaires, Chen Wen who spoke of the enduring cultural, business and learning ties between China and the UK. Topics covered included the Belt and Road initiative (an ambitious infrastructure project to connect China with the Middle East and Africa), fintech and innovation.

First keynote speaker, Stephen Perry, Chairman of The 48 Group Club addressed the issue of populism and protectionism:

"China is not taking up the position of being hostile, of being aggressive, of being offensive," he said. "I don't think it's in anybody's interest for the world to come to a standstill. I don't think that America could afford to have a breakdown in the world from this crisis and I think China anticipates that."

On the eve of the CBF, senior staff from Chinese internet giant Tencent visited the School to present an open class on the WeChat platform (Seng Yee Lau, Senior Executive Vice President, Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding is pictured above). WeChat now boasts more than a billion monthly active users and the open class covered innovations around WeChat’s key core products and presentation of the School's first case study on China's digital economy. 

The forthcoming 'Innovation and Agility at Tencent’s WeChat' has been co-authored by Professor Julian Birkinshaw with Sloan Fellow, Dickie Liang-Hong Ke, Co-founder of Future Plus Education Technologies, and Enrique de Diego (MBA2017), Consultant with Bain and Company.

Read more about WeChat and the China Business Forum.