China has set ambitious goals to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2060. The journey there will require significant, long-term effort by the Chinese government, its people and economy. Energy Foundation CEO & President Ji Zou joins the next China in Today’s World seminar for a special discussion with Jun Ma, Chairman and President of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and Director of the Center for Finance and Development at Tsinghua University, about how China can sustain its growth in the next decade and the likely impacts of carbon neutrality on the Chinese economy. Ma and Zou will be joined for a discussion by Shaoda Wang, Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, who will also provide welcoming remarks. The seminar will be moderated by Kevin Mo, Former Managing Director at the Paulson Institute Beijing Representative Office.

About the Seminar Series

China is poised to become the world’s largest economy in the near future. However, such growth is not guaranteed. China faces increasingly complex questions about how to manage the tension between state control and market influence within its own borders, and how to address international disputes that often arise with expanded global influence.

Pairing University of Chicago economists with world-renowned experts on China, including both intellectual leaders as well as industry professionals, “China in Today’s World” is a new series that aims to provide timely insights into these and other key issues, ranging from technology to financial markets, and from international trade to regional political challenges.

All times are listed in China Standard Time.


Friday, October 8, 2021

8:00 AM–9:00 AM

Moderated Discussion

Ji Zou, CEO & President, Energy Foundation China

Jun Ma, Chairman and President, Hong Kong Green Finance Association; Director, Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research

Moderator: Kevin Mo, Former Managing Director, Paulson Institute Beijing Representative Office

Welcoming Remarks and Discussant: Shaoda Wang, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago