In a series of speeches made in the fall of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to promote infrastructure development and create trade routes linking China and Europe. Chinese companies investing and operating abroad are largely driving the initiative, which has received a lukewarm response in several countries. While this reaction has been attributed to a number of factors, cultural differences play an important role in the BRI, particularly in Chinese investments and companies entering European markets.

The Carnegie-Tsinghua Center’s Zhang Lihua will moderate a discussion with a panel of Chinese and foreign experts, focusing on Chinese companies' navigation of cultural differences in the European market.  Panelists will explore how policymakers and business leaders can build more constructive and fruitful relationships in light of these differences.This event is off the record and will be in English with simultaneous Chinese translation.

Xing Yue

Xing Yue is an associate professor at the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and the director of the Center for Chinese Foreign Policy.

Zhang Li

Zhang Li is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University.

Liu Zuokui

Liu Zuokui is the director of the Department of Central and Eastern European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Jarrett T. Wilde

Jarrett T. Wilde is a Canadian PhD candidate at Tsinghua University focusing on how China cooperates with Western societies.

Chen Heng

Chen Heng is the deputy director of government affairs for Huawei Technology’s Beijing office.

Zhang Lihua

Zhang Lihua is a resident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy where her program at the center examines how China’s core values affect Chinese foreign policies. Zhang is also the director of European Studies Center at the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University.