CHINAEconForum with Special Guest, David Dollar, July 30 2015

CHINADebate‘s next monthly CHINAEconForum video conference will feature special guest speaker, David Dollar.

Before joining Brookings in 2009, David served for four years in Beijing as the U.S. Treasury’s economic & financial emissary. And immediately before that, five years as the World Bank’s Country Director for China.

With nearly a decade of on-the-ground experience in China, David’s analyses are insightful, and his concerns very much mirror those of CHINADebate Members, as shown in two of his most recent publications…

And in a few of his recent television interviews on…

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CHINAFundForum with Dean Hongbin Cai, Peking University & moderated by Grace Gu, BlackRock

We have a very special CHINAFundForum coming up on April 29. Our guest speaker is Hongbin Cai, dean of the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, and our guest moderator is Grace Gu, Global Macro Portfolio Manager of BlackRock’s flagship Obsidian Fund and Member of CHINADebate‘s Advisory Board.

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Artsy and Ai Weiwei

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Among the many extraordinary resources on the Web is Artsy. Artsy describes itself this way..’Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.’ And since it’s beginning two years ago Arty has made impressive strides toward accomplishing this. (Note that here ‘accessible’ includes selling works of art, which I presume is how Artsy makes money and takes nothing away from it usefulness.)

Readers here know that one of my favorite artists is Ai Weiwei. More importantly though he is one of my heroes for his bravery, in the face of persecution, in criticising and resisting those segments of the Chinese government that repress the Chinese people. Artsy came across these posts, and a couple of days ago I received this from Anthony Williams…

Hi Malcolm,
I was looking through your post that mentions Ai Weiwei but, unfortunately, couldn’t find any additional resources. I suggest linking to Artsy’s Ai Weiwei page as a solution for a missing resource.  We’ve been building out Artsy for the past 2 years, and now, we have editorial content, biographical material, exclusive images, and up-to-date exhibitions that is openly available to you and your audience.  Since you write about art, I thought you might be interested!


 As he suggested, I went to the Ai Weiwei page. Here I found a brief bio, some excellent posts, and nearly 100 photos  linked to related works and exhibitions. As a fan, I of course wanted more and noted omissions. Objectively though this is a terrific, one-stop, spot to survey the breadth of Ai Weiwei’s art and career. Highly recommend not only for those who are interested in contemporary art but especially for those who admire courage–Ai Weiwei is breaking more than Han vases.


Don’t Miss The TCFA’s Annual Conference, November 9, New York

TCFA 20th Annual Conference

U.S. and China in a Shifting Global Economic Order:

A Finance Perspective at TCFA’s 20th Anniversary

Main Conference – Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hilton Hotel
1335 Avenues of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Register here!

The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA) is pleased to announce that the 20th TCFA Annual Conference entitled “U.S. and China in a Shifting Global Economic Order: A Finance Perspective at TCFA’s 20th Anniversary” will be held on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

This TCFA signature event provides an outstanding platform for industry leaders, academic experts, government regulators, and TCFA members to share thoughts on the latest developments in the global economy and the financial markets. This year’s conference will highlight the challenges faced by China and other emerging economies for continued growth; the increasing tension in geopolitical environment; and heightened pressure between the U.S. and China to collaborate on major global issues, given the still gradually recovering U.S. economy.

This year our distinguished keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Engle, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Michael Armellino Professor of Finance, Stern School of Business, New York University, and Boming Cheng (程博明), President, CITIC Securities (中信证券).

In addition, we will have many other prominent speakers from major investment banks, hedge funds, regulatory bodies, and other institutions, both from U.S. and China. Continue Reading

‘Asian Philanthropy: Strategic Social Stewardship’ by Angie Tang and Mercy Kuo

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Mercy Kuo

Mercy Kuo, CHINADebate’s Chief Strategy Officer,  and Angie Tang, Senior Advisor of Asia Value Advisors, a leading venture philanthropy advisory firm based

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Angie Tang

in Hong Kong, have published in The Diplomat ‘Asian Philanthropy: Strategic Social Stewardship.’  Portending a trend, Mercy and Angie, assert in the tagline ‘Philanthropy from the region is growing, despite some significant challenges.’

What I found especially interesting is this…


For many Asian HNWI families, wealth brings a sense of social responsibility. The characteristics of Asian philanthropy reflect cultural values. The family unit plays an important role in driving philanthropy in Asia, seeking out and reaping many benefits from philanthropy: “1) it teaches principles like compassion, courage and tolerance, 2) it fosters capacities for leadership, innovation and responsibility, and 3) it supports family cohesion by providing a common activity and goal for the family to pursue as a unit,” a 2011 UBS INSEAD philanthropy in Asia report explains.


The outlook for Asian philanthropy is promising, but there are myriad challenges. “The litmus test of effective philanthropy is not determined by how much is given, but whether the stewardship of that gift was properly administered and its intended outcomes were achieved,” observes Victor Kuo, former board member of the American Evaluation Association and founder of VK Global Advising. In China, pervasive state control and lack of regulatory accountability are formidable challenges in the country’s non-profit space. Despite such obstacles, Asian philanthropists and philanthropic entities affirm that universal values transcend national and cultural borders to benefit all of humanity.

 By defining the tension between characteristics and the challenges, Mercy and Angie provide a rough template for tracking Asia philanthropy’s growth or perhaps stifling.