The inaugural YGS ended with optimistic views on the role of China in the world

Speeches led by Ken Jarrett, President of the American Chamber of Commerce, and John Holden, Associate Dean of the Yenching Academy, opened room for deeper discussions on the field of China studies

The final keynote speech of the Yenching Global Symposium was led by the President of the American Chamber of Commerce Ken Jarrett, titled “Doing Business in China: Challenges and Insights”. In this talk he outlined some of the challenges that one may when doing business in China, but reassured the delegates that “it is never too late to start in China” and to “give it a try!”

Jarrett’s inspiring session was followed by a closing speech by Associate Dean of the Yenching Academy John Holden, a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He told delegates that “There could not be a more interesting place to be in China, and in China, Beijing is the place to be”. 

Holden applauded the Yenching scholars on their hard work in organising the symposium, and thanked all those who were involved in making the Yenching Global Symposium the success that it turned out to be. Afterwards, the delegates enjoyed a roast duck dinner, which is one of Beijing's most famous dishes.