Growth Challenges

Are London and Hong Kong trading places?

2013-01-04

Dr. Lauren Johnston

Co-Founder and Director of Growth Challenges and Education, Sinograduate

 

Hong Kong lies strategically on China’s southeast coast, on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Serving as a trading port for centuries, it was overseen from Beijing until the mid-19th. In 1842 China’s loss in the Opium Wars saw the area ceded to Britain.

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Socialist Scientists meet Social Scientists in China’s new Secret Seven

2012-11-15

Lauren Johnston

Co-Founder and Director of Growth Challenges and Education, Sinograduate

As a child I was enthralled by the adventures of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven. Led by Peter, and together with Janet, Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara, the seven would meet regularly to discuss local problems and adventures requiring their imagination and attention. Their headquarters was a garden shed, entry to which was protected by password and a badge marked SS.

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Here Xi Comes

2012-11-04

Lauren Johnston

Founder, Sinograduate



Next week the US election and China's once-in-a-decade transition coincide. In China's case not only will the ruling Party anoint a new President and Premier, a new Politburo and Politburo Standing Committee, but furthermore will also replace a full 60-70% of China’s leadership. Little is known of the incoming line-up or their policies, with the exception of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, future Chinese President and Premier respectively.

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California dreaming in Hangzhou, patent leader of China’s economic upgrade

2012-10-15

Lauren Johnston

Founder, Sinograduate

 

With the world watching with held breath as China engineers its race to move up the economic value chain, a city less than an hour away by train from Shanghai appears to be taking the lead. Home to China’s highest per capita millionaire residency, in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, even the city’s soon-to-open new rubbish treatment station is solar powered. The city’s bike-sharing programme is the world’s largest, and in 2011 the BBC listed it as one of the world’s top eight public bike initiatives.

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When China Thinks She’ll Shape The World

2012-09-20

Lauren Johnston

Sinograduate CEO

A Beijing university campus and the launch Science Popularisation day was chosen as the venue and occasion by expected next President of China, Xi Jinping, to return to the public stage after a two-week absence. His public promotion of science arises in the footsteps of a speech at this month’s Russia-hosted APEC Summit in Vladivostok by outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao highlighting China’s determination to foster innovative growth.

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未富先老 Getting Old Before Getting Rich – China is not alone

2012-08-31

Lauren Johnston

Sinograduate Founder; PhD Candidate, Peking University

The notion of ‘Getting old before getting rich’ in a China context refers to the combination of incomplete industrialisation, and millions of citizens still in poverty, arising when a relatively high proportion - nearly 10% of persons – are aged over 65. The latter places them forever outside of the formal workforce, lowering the proportion of available productive formal workers while also straining the fiscal envelope. 

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Planning for Sustainable Rapid Urbanisation

2012-08-01

Katie Walsh

Dual degree master's candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Tufts Urban Environmental Planning and Policy School, and interned at the China Sustainable Energy Program in Beijing in the summer of 2012.

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Superconducting technology made in China

2012-03-31

Mateusz Krzyzosiak

Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics, University of Michigan -- Shanghai Jiaotong University Joint Institute

Nowadays, in the era of constantly growing appetite of energy and dwindling conventional resources for its generation, no one doubts that the idea of burning more coal to get more energy has to be revised and replaced by some more innovative solutions. Putting the problem of energy generation aside for a moment, it is also wise to think how to improve energy transport. Imagine how much could be saved if we were able to reduce the inevitable energy losses during the transport. We could save even more if we were able to eliminate them completely.

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Staffing China's Massive Nuclear Power Program – The Challenge

2012-02-19

Milton Caplan

President, MZConsulting

In a year when many were questioning their long term commitment to nuclear power following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan, China continues to have the world’s largest and fastest growing nuclear program.  China currently has about 12 GW of nuclear power in operation and another 26 units under construction. It expects to meet and even exceed its previous 2020 target of 40GW by the year 2015.

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Chinese Innovation in Electric Vehicles

2012-02-06

Robert Earley

Director, Clean Energy Transportation Program, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, China

Since China entered the WTO in 2001, the automotive industry has grown exponentially.  From two million vehicles sold in 2001, against nearly 19 million in the US, sales in China grew to 18.5 million units in 2011, more than vehicle sales in the US, making China the largest automotive market in the world.  The Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation estimates that if growth continues at current rates of 10-11% per year, China could be selling 30 million vehicles annually by 2015.  Providing energy for those vehicles may prove a challenge even greater than that of providing food for the nation’s 1.6 billion residents.<--break->

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