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  • Speaker | 2 April, 2018

    China – From Famine to Gluttony in One Generation

    China’s rapidly industrialized diet has created an obesity epidemic. Diabetes threatens to bankrupt China’s entire healthcare system. Deteriorating diets have also infected societal relationships and labour productivity argues our speaker Peggy Liu. Meanwhile, food is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, largely due to waste, beef and industrialised agriculture. Peggy Liu is on the board of Project Drawdown and will share results from the NYT bestseller Drawdown’s comparative list of 80 top greenhouse gas mitigation solutions. Surprising results, she says, point to food and women’s empowerment as areas that have been ignored as mitigation solutions but present the top opportunities for drawing down carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. In this talk, Peggy Liu will also argue that food education for young families is the golden key to addressing China’s risks to people, planet, country. She will share how the Food Heroes program started in China, is now spreading to other nations.


    Peggy Liu  is chairperson of JUCCCE – an environmental organisation that has been at the heart of the greening of China since 2007.  As one of the leaders in China catalyzing sustainable solutions, Peggy has been hailed as “China’s Green Goddess”. She is a global expert on sustainable diets, sustainable urbanization, smart grid. JUCCCE is most noted for accelerating societal-scale change in diets, sustainable cities, sustainable consumerism and smart grid. In 2007, Peggy organized the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China from which JUCCCE was formed. This forum was the first public dialogue between US and Chinese government officials on clean energy in China, just as China was just starting to look seriously at greening itself. In the same year JUCCCE introduced Smart Grid to China that catalyzed USD7.2 billion in initial investment by the State Grid in 2009 as well as their roadmap to implement smart grid by 2020. The organisation also educated more than 1000 Chinese government leaders (mayors and central government) on how to build sustainable cities and helped shape eco-city trends in China over the past 10 years. In 2013 JUCCCE launched Food Heroes – China’s first comprehensive healthy food curriculum for young children.


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    Speaker | 21 March, 2018

    Xi’s consolidation of power at the top (and the bottom)

    By removing term limits from his office of president, Xi Jinping has shown his consolidation of power is complete. As he strengthens his grasp on the top of China’s political pyramid, he is also enforcing his will more effectively at the bottom. Yanmei Xie, China Policy Analyst of Gavekal Dragonomics, will discuss how Xi is alternating written rules and unwritten norms to bend the vast Chinese bureaucracy to his will.



    Yanmei Xie is Senior China Policy Analyst at Gavekal. She writes about China’s politics and policy and their impact on the Chinese and global economy. She was previously a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, where she analyzed geopolitical flashpoints in the Asia Pacific region and China’s influence in Africa.