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  • Speaker | 14 December, 2016

    Analysing the impact of China’s Investment in the Lower Mekong Region

    China’s investment along the “One Belt, One Road” skyrocketed over the past decade with the Lower Mekong Region (e.g. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar) becoming a primary zone for real estate, energy and mining projects. As a majority of investments are in extractive and manufacturing industries, the environmental and societal impact of Chinese companies overseas is considerable and potentially problematic. Chinese environmental non-profit NGO Global Environmental Institute (GEI) conducted an 2-year in-depth project analyzing the policies of China’s overseas direct investment. We compiled the findings of our on-the-ground field visits and policy research of Chinese investment in GEI’s “China Going Global” report series, which focuses on this vulnerable and lucrative developing Southeast Asia region.
    GEI’s Rong ZHU was one of the main project officers in charge of the report series and is its primary author. She will share and discuss China’s green finance, sustainable investment and activities along the One Belt One Road.


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ms. Rong ZHU is the program officer of the Investment, Trade, and the Environment program at the Global Environmental Institute (GEI). Since joining GEI in 2011, she has specialized in China’s overseas foreign direct investment (OFDI) specifically in the Greater Mekong Subregion, with a focus on promoting policies, standards, and best practices for sustainable investment. Rong holds an M.A. in global environmental policy from American University, as well as a B.S. in environmental science and M.S. in food science from Renmin University.

    Global Environmental Institute (GEI) is a Chinese environmental non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Beijing China since 2004 dedicated to addressing pressing questions of creating a sustainable environment in China’s ever globalizing economy. Active throughout China, Africa and Southeast Asia, we specialize in crafting win-win solutions and policies that simultaneously achieve environmental protection and community development.
    ENTRANCE: FCCC Members free, Non-members: 100RMB.

    Speaker | 8 December, 2016

    Educating Girls of Rural China – One woman’s pledge to give others the education she was denied

    Ching Tien grew up in Beijing in the 1950s. She dreamed of one day becoming a journalist or writer and when she was accepted into an exclusive all-girls school she knew that a good education would be the key to unlocking her dreams. But one day, when she was 14 years old, she arrived at school to see her name scrawled on the blackboard, under the heading “daughters of dogs.” Her father, labelled a free-thinker, had been imprisoned and as the worst years of the Cultural Revolution began to unfold, Ching Tien’s dreams were shattered. She would never complete her education and her fate was instead to be shipped off to Gansu Province to work in a chemical factory. Many years later, after emigrating to Canada, Ching Tien vowed she would one day return to China to help the girls of Gansu Province complete their education. She will talk to the FCCC about her own experience of one of the bleakest periods in China’s history and about her work today with her foundation: Educating Girls of Rural China.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ching Tien is founder of Educating Girls of Rural China. Ching Tien grew up in Beijing where she attended a privileged girls-only school alongside the daughters of Mao, Deng and other high-ranking communist officials. Instead of going to university as she had planned, she was sent to Gansu Province, the poorest province in Western China. In 1983 she moved to Canada and has made Vancouver her home. For more than 20 years, she owned and managed an art gallery and was heavily involved in Vancouver’s arts communities. Her two children, were born in Canada and graduated from Canadian
    universities. In 2005, Ching founded a non-profit organization Canadian Society for Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC). Her dream now is to give young women and girls in rural China the gift of education which she did not receive. EGRC has sponsored more than 690 girls and young women through their educational pursuits. 


    DATE: Dec 8, 2-3:30pm

    VENUE: Italian Embassy Cultural Office, 2 San Li Tun Dong Er Jie

    ENTRANCE: FCCC Members: free, Non-Members: 100 RMB