The First Taihe Civilizations Forum

Beijing, China, 25-27 August 2017


In the oldest of China’s classical texts, the I Ching, or Book of Changes, it is noted that “maintaining Taihe will help develop everything smoothly.” Taihe stands for supreme harmony. Such harmony can be achieved through coordination and collaboration among all things and the accomplishment of their natural unity. Taihe symbolizes the ancient masters’ understanding of life aimed at guiding people to rediscover the true meaning of their world. The purpose of Taihe is to obtain continuous wisdom and momentum through the creation of common values.
Today, an increasing lack of Taihe poses a serious challenge for human civilization. Rapid technological advancement, climate change and environmental degradation, uneven economic development, and geopolitical tension are some of the key threats undermining our common values and human civilization.


Objectives and Participants

The Taihe Civilizations Forum (TCF) has been established to engage leaders of all fields across the globe to support “the harmonious development of common values and the advancement of human civilization.” The TCF focuses on global and regional challenges, explores root causes, identifies and promotes possible solutions, and facilitates communication and impact creation across borders.

Forum Principles

The TCF pursues four principles to define the research agenda, guide its work and actions, and effectively contribute to the overall Forum objectives:
Impartiality: maintaining a diverse and open but rigorous mindset and aligned actions;
Globality: fostering international participation and collaboration;
Foresight: focusing on far-reaching trends and long-term solutions;
Impact: transforming insights into actions and impact.

Themes of the Taihe Civilizations Forum 2017

The Great Wall is an exceptional testimony to civilization, which provides physical evidence of not only far-sighted strategic thinking, ambition, perfection, and determination but also exchange and historical transformation. Inspired by such embodied wisdom, the TCF 2017 will focus on the essence of advancing human civilization and developing common values.
For the inaugural meeting in August 2017, the TCF will bring together leading experts from business, government, international organizations, and academia. In light of the overall objective of advancing human civilization and developing common values, the TCF 2017 agenda will focus on three topics:
1.Creating and deepening people-to-people exchange;
2.Exploring the future impact of artificial intelligence on life and ethics;
3.Building global leadership for climate action and sustainable development;

About the Taihe Institute

The TCF was launched by the Taihe Institute (TI), which is based in Beijing and has branches in the United States and Germany. The TI’s mission is to build an international think tank with an impact-oriented research agenda focusing on the global challenges of our time. The TI is committed to offering high-quality intellectual and independent work to support decision-making for China’s development and for international exchange in various fields. The research agenda covers various fields, including politics, economics, security, law, education, international relations, advanced technologies, public relations, culture and society, sustainability and climate change, and strategic development. With over one hundred researchers, the Taihe Institute maintains intensive relations with leading research institutes in key countries and regions.

August 25th 2017 (Friday)          
Time Activity Location
08:00-16:00 Arrival, Registration, Hotel check-in South District, Grand Bay Hotel
17:00-18:20 Cocktail Party
*Dressing Code:Business Casual
Lounge, Floor 5
18:30-20:30 Welcome Banquet Ballroom 1 & 2, Floor 5 
Morning, August 26th 2017 (Saturday): Opening Ceremony                        Dressing Code:Formal Attire
Time Activity Speaker Title/Organization Location
07:00-08:30 Breakfast Ballroom 3, Floor 5
08:30-09:00 Photo Session Landscape Waterfalls, East Wing, South District
09:00-09:10 Welcome Speech Boping Gu  Chief Cultural Scholar at Taihe Institute  Ballroom 1 & 2, Floor 5
09:10-09:20  Jeffrey Brez

Chief of the NGO Relations and Advocacy

 at the United Nations Department of Public Information

09:20-09:30  Hailong Wu Director of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs
09:30-09:35 Opening Ceremony
09:35-09:50 Keynote Speech Stephen Orlins

President of the National Committee

on United States - China Relations

09:50-10:05 Hongjun  Yu

Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s 

Association for Peace and Disarmament

10:05-10:20  Cheng  Li Director  John L. Thornton China Center of Brookings Institution
10:20-10:35  Liru  Cui

Senior Advisor and Researcher of the China Institute of 

Contemporary International Relations

10:35-10:50  Yifan  Ding Senior researcher of Taihe Institute
11:00-11:45 Media Interview Session Lobby, Floor 2
12:00-13:00 Lunch  Ballroom 3, Floor 5
Afternoon, August 26th 2017 (Saturday) : Parallel Session
Time Activity Location
13:30-15:00 Parallel Session People-to-People Exchange Meeting Room 6, Floor 2
13:30-15:00  AI and Digital Citizenship Meeting Room 7, Floor 2
13:30-15:00 Climate Change and Sustainable Development Meeting Room 2, Floor 2
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break Common Area, Floor2
15:15-16:30 Interactive Discussion Respective Session Room
17:00        Departure for Banquet    
*Dressing Code:The temperature will be lower.Trousers,long sleeves,etc.,are recommended
Gate of South District
19:00-21:00 Banquet at the Great Wall
21:00 Return to Host Hotel
Morning, August 27th 2017 (Sunday): Parallel Session           Dressing Code:Formal Attire
Time Activity Location
07:00-09:00 Breakfast Ballroom 3, Floor 5
09:00-11:00 Workshop People-to-People Exchange Meeting Room 6, Floor 2
 AI and Digital Citizenship Meeting Room 7, Floor 2
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Meeting Room 2, Floor 2
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break Common Area, Floor 2
11:00-11:30 Closing Ceremony Ballroom 1 & 2, Floor 5 
12:00-14:00 Lunch  Ballroom 3, Floor 5 
14:00 Hotel Check-out, Departure


Boping Gu

  • Chief Cultural Scholar of Taihe Institute


Thorsten Jelinek

  • Director of Taihe Institute Europe Center


Hailong Wu

  • President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs


Stephen Orlins

  • President of the National Committee on U.S. -China Relations


Hongjun Yu

  • Former Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee
  • Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament


Cheng Li

  • Director of the John L.Thornton China Center of  Brookings Institution


Liru Cui

  • Former Director of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.


Yifan Ding

  • Senior researcher of Taihe Institute
  • Former Vice Executive Director of the Institute of World Development at Development Research Center of the State Council