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Economic Summit

(1) China and the World in 2020: Vision and Policy

The past decade has witnessed dramatic ups and downs in both China and the world. At the turn of the decade, we look into the future to seek various possibilities in the next ten years. China aims to complete the construction of a well-off society by 2020. What will the world be by then? What will the relationship between China and the world look like? What is the direction of development? What measures should to be taken right now to cope with the prospect and challenges in the near future?

(2) China’s Peaceful Development and US-China Relations

China always adheres to the principle of peaceful development, which contributes to the well-being of Chinese people as well as people all over the world. Sino-US relationship has become the most important, yet most complicated bilateral relationship in the world. How should both sides manage, shape and advance the relationship? How would it influence the development of each side? What impact will it exert on the future global pattern?

(3) Roadmap for China's Economic Reform

In response to the announcement of deepening economic reform from the 18th National Congress of CCP, the top priority is to discuss the top-level design of the Reform. Which of the following models should be taken to address this issue: to explore the institutional causes for current conflicts in a problem-oriented way, to follow certain theories and identify areas and priority of reform through a model-oriented pattern, or to continue the previous “trial and error” model? It is conducive to clarifying the path of reform in a top-down manner by depicting a reasonable ‘route map’ and determining objectives, path, practice, content, subject, and safeguards of reform.

(4) New Trends of the Post-crisis Financial Market

The global financial crisis in 2008 has resulted in deep adjustments in the international financial markets, followed by series of changes in terms of the scale of financial transactions, financial product innovation, financial regulation and international finance centers. How will these new trends influence the development of global economy and financial markets? How should China cope with the changes?

(5) Building the Long-term Capacity to Meet Global Challenges

With the deepening of multi-polarization and globalization, valuable development opportunities are arising, along with a variety of increasingly severe global challenges in global politics, economy, environment, and social life. How should countries cope with these challenges? How to enhance the long-term capacity building and encourage more active and effective strategic dialogues and cooperation in tackling these challenges?

(6) Medical System Reform: Another Step Forward

China has entered the initial stage of providing universal medical insurance after the previous efforts of medical and health system reform. Based on current achievement, how to determine the objectives, content and principles for the next round of reform, in face of aging population, new pattern of resident disease and health risks? How to integrate and mobilize limited medical and health resources to meet social demand? Is there any successful international experience that can be drawn on to address this global headache?

(7) The Short- and Long-term Concerns Facing China’s Real Estate Market

In order to curb the radical housing price hike, Chinese government has introduced the strictest macro-control policies on real estate industry. How to evaluate their impact? How to design sound systems to guarantee healthy development of Chinese real estate market? How should Chinese real estate market respond to the new quality-oriented urbanization process?

(8) The Outlook of the Next Decade of China’s Economic Growth

If China’s potential economic growth rate decreases in the next decade, shifting from high-speed growth to medium-speed growth, what changes will Chinese modernization experience? What characteristics and trend will Chinese economic restructuring display? What will be the driving force for future economic growth? How to achieve new balanced economic growth?

(9) Shadow Banking: Merits and Demerits

Shadow banking is one form of financial innovations. But excessive leverage and inadequate information disclosure in shadow banking will bring about systematic risk to the financial system. How to identify its role in current financial system? How to handle the relationship between shadow banking and traditional financial system? In face of a swelling shadow banking system in China, how should regulators strengthen supervision to make sure that shadow banking plays a positive role while preventing potential systematic risks?

(10) The Third Industrial Revolution at Dawn

Has the 3rd Industrial Revolution arrived? What thrilling changes will be brought about by this wave of revolution? As a big manufacturer, how should China seize this historic opportunity? What public policies are needed? How should Chinese enterprises make technological, systematic and managerial innovations to engage in the revolution?

(11) From the World Factory to the World Market

Along with its economic growth, China has witnessed a rising middle class and ensuing expanded demand for consumer goods. In the future, China’s domestic market will become one of the largest in the world, acting as a global buyer. How to bring into full play the potential of Chinese market? What are the major measures to expand domestic demand, and spur import and further opening-up? Could China stick to its role as the world manufacturing center after becoming the world market?

(12) Urbanization in Developing Countries

The majority of developing countries are in the period of accelerated urbanization. Hundreds of millions of people are being or will be converted to urban citizens. Despite its role in accelerating economic and social development, urbanization has brought about series of problems that need to be addressed, such as excessive urbanization, lagged urbanization, overcrowded major cities and mega-cities, urban poverty and pollution. What are the causes of the problems and countermeasures? What is its inspiration to China?

(13) Economic Survey of China

Over the last two years, China has maintained a decreased yet high growth rate. Meanwhile, China has gained progress in eliminating internal and external imbalance. In the next few years, will China continue its high economic growth and efforts of restructuring? Which areas require more urgent reform? What can China and OECD countries learn from each other?

(14) Reshaping the World Energy Structure

With the rapid growth of new energy technology and industry, an increasing number of world’s major energy consumers have managed to achieve energy independence, which to a large extent reshapes international energy pattern. How will it impact geopolitical and global security policies? How will China seek for a better energy structure to achieve green growth? How should China push the development of clean energy?

(15) How Far Away is the Food Crisis?

Food security is a common challenge for all developing countries. The world still has a population of over 800 million suffering the food crisis, which is caused by various factors, including supply fracture brought about by political and natural incidents, poverty, policy restraints on food circulation, declining investment in scientific researches and price fluctuations. It requires concerted efforts from China and the world to help the poor get rid of food deprivation and fortify food security.

(16) Global Cross-border Investment: New Opportunities and New Challenges

After the financial crisis, what changes have taken place in destinations of global cross-border investment, capital-exporting countries, areas of investment, and related mechanisms? What opportunities and challenges are brought about? How should China corporate the policies of ‘going abroad’ and ‘attracting foreign investment’ under such circumstances? What are the prospects of cross-border investment for Chinese enterprises? How to adapt to local legal, political and economic environment?

(17) Green Growth with Clean Air and Water

The extensive growth mode featuring high pollution and high consumption has caused severe environmental problems, which not only threatens the sustainability of Chinese economic growth but also jeopardizes people’s health and quality of life. How should China strike a balance between economic growth and environmental protection? How to construct a long-term mechanism for environmental protection? What lessons and experience should China learn from the international society to bring back blue sky and clean water?

(18) Entering the New Era of Internet and Mobile

Mobile internet is the hotspot in the new generation of technology and economic growth. Currently, 3G network users are increasing rapidly and the development of 4G ultra-high-speed networks are under way. How will new mobile internet technology reshape economic and social life? Could mobile internet become a new economic engine? What strategic planning is needed? What policies are effective in advancing the development of mobile internet and encouraging corporations’ independent innovation?

Forum

(1) Completing the Building of a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects: China’s Vision and Policy

The 18th National Congress of CCP announces the object of constructing a well-off society in an all-rounded way by 2020. In face of complicated international economic situation and the mission of transforming domestic development mode, how should China set specific development goals to accomplish this object? What institutional changes are needed to lay a solid foundation for such an ambition?

(2) Promoting Inclusive Growth for the Reform of Fiscal and Taxation Systems

Fiscal and taxation system reform is not only a necessity to advance the transformation of development mode, but also a must to perfect public finance system and socialist market economic system. In order to ensure the fruits of development are shared by all, how will China improve the central-local fiscal relationship? How to promote the equalization of basic public services? What taxation reform procedures should be adopted to facilitate structural optimization and social justice?

(3) Building a New Structure for Comprehensive Opening-up

As the second largest economy in the world and the largest importer and exporter, China is ushered into a new historic stage of reform and opening-up. Under such circumstances, how to reshape the pattern of opening-up for balanced internal and external growth? What goals, orientation and principles should be set for a new and comprehensive opening-up pattern? How to share with the world the opportunities brought out by China’s development while keeping its competitiveness enhanced?

(4) Establishing a System for Modern Industrial Development

Constructing a modern industrial development system is the major task for China to optimize its industrial structure. How should China identify its industrial pattern to reach this goal? How to transform and upgrade traditional industries? How to define the priority and starting point in line with the new trends of industrial revolution? What lessons and experience could be drawn on from the world?

(5) Implementing China’s Quality-oriented Urbanization Strategy

To improve the quality of urbanization is China’s primary goal at present, which calls for an urgent, overall urbanization strategy to urbanize agricultural population in an orderly way, optimize the layout and form of urbanization, and integrate ecological civilization into the process of urbanization. Through such a strategy, urbanization could serve as an effective breakthrough in advancing the transformation of development mode and coordinated development in economy, society and environment.

(6) Advancing Ecological Civilization in China

It is an inevitable option to promote ecological civilization and build a beautiful China on the path of scientific development. How to construct the environmental protection and pollution prevention system in accordance with China’s situation? How to put in place the planning of major function-oriented zones and environmental function zones? What key structural reforms need to be taken? What to learn from the international society in this regard?

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