China's business leaders and top academic experts gather to discuss how to best use smart technologies to drive the future

Global Trend Conference gets underway in Beijing's Langyuan Vintage

BEIJING, Dec. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 28, Global Trend Conference, co-hosted by the Global Times and, formally opened in Beijing's Langyuan Vintage. Reflecting on China's 40 years of reform and opening-up and with an eye to what lies in store for the next 40, the event, themed "Reform, Innovation, Responsibility", invites industry leaders and academic experts to discuss global trends, through the sharing of experiences and with the goal of inspiring new ideas. The conference's goal is to develop guidance for development over the next 40 years and how to best leverage smart technologies to drive the future.

The "Intelligent Technologies Drive the Future" forum at the Global Trend Conference
The "Intelligent Technologies Drive the Future" forum at the Global Trend Conference

Some conference highlights:

  • Su Xi, vice president of ZTE, gave a presentation on new businesses, new networks and the 5G fully-connected era;
  • Zhang Changwu, founder of Land Space Technology Corporation, spoke about the efforts to create a first-class commercial rocket sector in China;
  • Xu Yuanchun, director of AI creation, Microsoft Software and Technology Center of Asia (STCA), talked about the promising prospects for AI and AI creation;
  • Zheng Yongchun, researcher from the National Astronomical Observatories, and Zhu Jin, president of the Beijing Planetarium, discussed "Looking up at the stars" with famous science fiction author Xia Jia.

CEOs and top management executives from educational firms, healthcare service providers as well as retailing and manufacturing firms took a close look at what they believed daily life and the status of mankind would look like 40 years hence based on the application of smart technologies. 

In addition, the launch ceremony of the Global Trends Institute, initiated by, was held during the conference. also announced its three key programs for 2019:

  • producing a special documentary for one of China's most important historical events "I'm going to Yan'an";
  • kicking off the first Military Fan Culture Festival;
  • hosting the 2019 Sino-Euro CEO Dialogue Show.

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