The Fifth Taihe Civilizations Forum

Beijing, China, 5-11 September 2021



It is noted in the I Ching, or Book of Changes, a Chinese ancient classics, that “maintaining Taihe will help develop everything smoothly.” That said, Taihe stands for a supreme harmony. Such harmony can be achieved through coordination and collaboration among all things and the unity of their nature. Taihe symbolizes the ancient wisdom of life which guides 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.

Nowadays, lack of Taihe seriously challenges contemporary human civilizations. Rapid technological development, climate change and environmental degradation, uneven wealth distribution, and geopolitical tensions are some of the significant threats undermining our common values and civilizations. Human civilizations may fall into the abyss without gathering wisdoms and taking actions.


Objectives and Participants


The Taihe Civilizations Forum (TCF) has been initiated to engage global leaders of all fields in supporting "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, as well as facilitates communication and impacts creation across borders.

Forum Principles

The TCF follows four principles to define the research agenda, guide its work and actions, and effectively contribute to the overall Forum objectives:

• Impartiality: maintaining a diverse, open, also 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 impacts.

Previous Event Review

The first Taihe Civilizations Forum was held in Beijing from August 25th to 27th, 2017, focusing on advancing human civilizations and developing common values. Approximately one hundred leading experts from business, governmental, international organizations, and academic sector gathered together to discuss on the topics such as people-to-people exchange, climate change and sustainable development, and artificial intelligence.

Keynote speakers at the opening ceremony of 2017 TCF included:

Boping GU, member of the National Committee of CPPCC, and the Chief Cultural Scholar of Taihe Institute;
Thorsten Jelinek, Director of the European Center of Taihe Institute;
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 Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee;
Cheng Li, Director of the John L. Thornton China Center and Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution;
Liru CUI, Senior Advisor and Researcher of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations;
Yifan DING, former Deputy Director of the Institute of World Development, Development Research Center of the State Council.


Sub-session on Economy and Technology


Responsibility and Opportunity—the Technology Driving Force for Peaking of Carbon Emissions and Carbon Neutrality


I. Scientific and technological needs and modes to achieve peaking.

II. Ensuring top-level mechanisms and policies driven by science and technology.

III. The transformation and upgrading of traditional industries with targets for the peaking of carbon emissions and carbon neutrality.

IV. Innovative financial measures to help achieve the peaking of carbon emissions and carbon neutrality.

V. International technical exchange and cooperation.


Sub-session on International Relations


I. Changes to and Future Trends for China-US Relations during the Biden Administration

II. How to view the current situation and prospects for China-EU relations, and enhance mutual understanding and practical cooperation


Sub-session on Youth Dialogue


Future of Work


I. Evolving from Workplace Digitalization to the Future of Work

II. Changing the Way We Work Under the Global Pandemic and Climate Change

III. Anticipating the Future of Work


Sub-session on Education and Culture


How Vocational Education Enhances Adaptability


I. Adapting to the Present and the Future

II. Adapting to the Internal and External Cycle






Opening Ceremony

Sep. 5



Sub-session on Economy and Technology

Sep. 5


On-site/Zoom online meeting

Sub-session on International Relations

Sep. 7


On-site/Zoom online meeting

Sub-session on International Relations


Sep. 8


On-site/Zoom online meeting

Sub-session on Youth Dialogue

Sep. 10


On-site/Zoom online meeting

Sub-session on Education and Culture

Sep. 11


On-site/Zoom online meeting