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  • Speaker | 14 January, 2020

    China’s Long March to Technological Supremacy

    Julian Gewirtz, a historian of modern China at Harvard, will discuss the roots of current Chinese ambitions to “catch up and surpass” in advanced technologies. This story is intertwined with Marxism, Maoism, and the tortuous pursuit of modernization by the Communist Party and remains connected today to every aspect of China’s development and global power. Gewirtz is the author of numerous articles on China and U.S.-China relations and two books: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017), which The Economist called “a gripping read, highlighting what was little short of a revolution in China’s economic thought,” and a new history of China’s 1980s forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2021. www.juliangewirtz.com

    Speaker | 9 December, 2019

    Where next for China’s energy sector? A global climate question

    As we enter the second week of this year’s UN climate negotiations, in which many hope China will play a leading role, the FCCC turns its attention to one of the most critical components in controlling global emissions — China’s enormous energy sector. As the current Five Year Plan comes to a close next year and as local governments push power sector infrastructure projects to boost struggling GDP figures, in what direction can we expect China’s energy sector to head over the next five years? Will we see the country further feed its coal addiction, as an alarming report from Global Energy Monitor recently warned? Will we see the notion of “clean coal”, as recently touted by Li Keqiang in a high level speech, gain ground? Or will China’s renewables and electric vehicles sectors continue growing at a world-leading pace? And what does this all mean for China’s and the world’s emissions?

    Voices within China’s energy sector are divided, with a number of industry associated groups calling for an expansion of coal power, while other researchers and experts cautioning that this could worsen overcapacity in the sector, lead to more power plant bankruptcies, and more emissions.

    Where next for China’s energy sector? Join Anders Hove, Director of the German Energy Transition Expertise for China programme at GIZ, for a discussion on this critical topic.


    Anders Hove is an energy research analyst and project director located in Beijing, China. He is a Fellow with the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. He also serves as Project Director at GIZ China, where his work relates to coordinating German energy transition expertise for the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission as well as coordinating various GIZ research and advisory activities related to green infrastructure finance. He has almost 20 years of public and private sector experience related to energy policy and markets, including nine years on Wall Street and nine years in China. Hove has both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from MIT, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is the author of numerous reports and studies related to the energy sector in China.