BYU China Conference
Speakers • Networking • Panel Session • Lunch
March 11th, 2023, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: BYU Hinckley Center
Counselor Wang Xiaofeng
Acting Chief of the Political Section of the Embassy of China in the United States
Counselor Wang is the Acting Chief of the Political Section of the Embassy of China in the United States, covering overall China-U.S. relationship. Counselor Wang joined the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 and initially worked with the Ministry’s Department of Information. His earlier assignments included the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong SAR (2003-2005) and Chinese Embassy in India (2005-2008). During the Beijing 2008 Olympics, he was the coordinator of the Organizing Committee’s International VIP Reception Center. Between 2008 and 2016, he was the Director of Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Office and Office of Public Diplomacy. Since 2016, he has been working as the Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy to the United States.
Dr. Renata Forste
International Vice President of BYU
Dr. Renata Forste serves as the International Vice President at Brigham Young University, responsible for overseeing Continuing Education, Performing Arts Management, and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
Dr. Zhihong Yi
Professor of Finance and Former Vice President of Renmin University
Zhihong Yi is currently a professor of finance and the academic director of the FinTech (Finance Technology) MBA program at the business school, Renmin University of China.
Dr. Kirk Larsen
Associate Professor of History at BYU, specializes in the history of modern China
An Associate Professor of History, Kirk W. Larsen specializes in the histories of modern Korea, modern China, and early modern and modern East Asian international relations.
Dr. Changyun Kang
Associate Dean of China Education Innovation Institute, Beijing Normal University
Dr. Changyun Kang is a cross-cultural educator and an active promoter for education innovation as well as the internationalization of education and classic Chinese education. Currently he is serving as the Associate Dean at Beijing Normal University China Education Innovation Institute, the key host for China Education Innovation Welfare Exposition sponsored by BNU.
Professor Robert Griffiths
Adjunct faculty of political science at BYU and former Consul General of the United States of America in Shanghai
Robert Griffiths is a career U.S. diplomat and is the former Counsul General of the United States of America in Shanghai.
Opening remarks: Dr. Renata Forste
Dr. Kirk Larsen: "More than Great Power Competition? Reflections on two centuries of Sino-American Interactions"
Dr. Zhihong Yi: "The development of Financial Technology (FinTech) in China: What we have learned in the process and how it may apply to you"
Dr. Changyun Kang: "Coping with the Future: Cooperation between Chinese and American Educators Across One Century"
Professor Robert Griffiths: "Seeking a Brighter Future for U.S.-China Relations"
Keynote Speaker - Counselor Wang Xiaofeng: "China's Diplomacy in a Changing World and the Right Way for China-U.S. Relations"
Lunch + Networking
Panel + Open Question Time