China’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy

  • Date
    14 June 2018 - 14 June 2018
  • Beijing Time
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Hilton Beijing, Vision 7 1 Dong Fang Rd, North Dongsanhuan Rd, Beijing
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Within the past few years, ‘innovation’ seems to have become a fixture in Chinese policy circles. This pervasiveness is not difficult to understand once one looks at the multi-billion initiatives the Chinese government has put in place to boost entrepreneurship, start-ups and R&D, especially in the tech sectors. According to the blueprint published by the State Council in July 2017 (A New Generation of Artificial Intelligence Development Plan, also known as Artificial Intelligence 2030), China aims to become a world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030, and to create an industry worth USD 150 billion.

It is certainly undeniable that, in the context of the global race for AI, China is one the top contenders for the first price. In fact, a study published by CB Insights on the upcoming AI trends for 2018 revealed that, for the first time, investments destined for China surpassed those for the US in this particular technology (China attracted almost half of all investments, compared to 38% for the US). The question is, what are the implications of China’s push for hegemony in the field of AI for Europe and European businesses? How can the recent trade tensions between the US and China potentially impact this global race?

The EU SME Centre and the European Chamber are pleased to invite you to join us for a discussion on these issues with Ms Caroline Meinhardt, Policy Analyst at APCO Worldwide, and Ms Han Ying, policy director at the United States Information Technology Office (USITO). The meeting will take place next Thursday, 14th of June from 15:00 to 17:00 at the Hilton Beijing.

Tentative Agenda

14:30-15:00 Registration & Networking

15:00-15:10 Opening remarks

15:10-15:50 Presentation by Ms Caroline Meinhardt from APCO Worldwide

15:50-16:30 Presentation by Ms Han Ying from USITO

16:30-17:00 Discussion and Q&A


This event is free of charge and by invitation only.

This meeting is only open to European SME intermediary organisations such as embassies or consulates, chambers of commerce and trade associations.

If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please register by emailing with the name and date of the event in the subject line and your company information.

The deadline for registration is the 13th of June COB. A maximum of two representatives from each stakeholder are allowed.

About Speakers

Caroline Meinhardt

Caroline Meinhardt is a policy analyst in APCO Worldwide’s Beijing office, where she specializes in government affairs and advises multinational ICT clients on technology policy. Her work focus areas include China’s industrial upgrading initiatives, the government’s push for artificial intelligence and its cybersecurity regime. She regularly contributes thought leadership on these topics for publications including EURObiz and the APCO Forum. Earlier this year, Caroline was selected to discuss China’s technological advances and other EU-China policy issues with senior decision makers from politics, business and civil society at the European China Talent Program organized by the think-tank Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin.

Prior to joining APCO, Caroline worked at a Sino-German consulting company advising on Chinese market entry and strategy. She holds a degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge and is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

Han Ying

Han Ying is policy director at the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), a trade association representing leading global technology companies in China. She currently leads USITO’s Cybersecurity Working Group and Emerging Technology Initiative. She is specialized in cybersecurity, data, privacy, and encryption related policies and conducts in-depth and forward-looking research on AI, blockchain and other emerging technologies. In her role, she extensively works with many of the largest global technology companies and proactively engages with regulators and policymakers to voice industry positions and improve policy outcome.

Han Ying has a profound understanding of the policy issues from her current but also previous work experience in the ICT sector, having worked as a Trade Commissioner covering ICT and Digital Media sector in Embassy of Canada. In her role at the Canadian Embassy, she counselled Canadian ICT and Digital Media companies on China ICT policy and market in China, helping them develop a competitive business strategy.

Han Ying holds a Master degree in Journalism from Iowa State University, as well as a B.A. in English and Telecommunication Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT).

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