The Seventh Taihe Civilizations Forum

July-October 2023



The 7th Taihe Civilizations Forum (TCF) is set to officially commence in July 2023. This year's TCF has built upon the excellence of its previous editions while presenting itself in an entirely novel form. 

Since its founding in 2017, TCF has been held consecutively for seven sessions.  During this period, over 1,000 experts from across the globe have been invited to partake in discussions, and TCF has garnered extensive media coverage, with over 80 Chinese and foreign media outlets reporting. With the wholehearted involvement and support from various parties, the forum has evolved into a highly influential platform for academic exchanges and public diplomacy.


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.

About 2023 TCF


From July to October, TCF hold a series of sub-sessions in various Chinese cities including Quanzhou, Taiyuan, Kazakhstan, Beijing, and Hong Kong. These sub-sessions will revolve around topics of cultural exchanges and mutual appreciation of civilizations under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), multilateral cooperation in energy, challenges and opportunities in the evolution of the international landscape and order, vocational education development strategy, talent integration between Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, and digital China construction. Esteemed experts and scholars from both China and around the world are invited to share and engage in intellectual discourse.

The first sub-session of the Forum on cultural exchanges held in Quanzhou on July 3. It explored how to promote the high-quality development of the BRI and usher in a new chapter of cultural exchanges and mutual appreciation of civilization against the backdrop of the 10th anniversary of the BRI and Global Civilization Initiative.  



Sub-session on People-to-People Exchange


The first sub-session of the Forum on people-to-people exchanges was held in Quanzhou on July 3 on the basis of Maritime Silk Road International Documentary Festival. It will explore how to promote the high-quality development of the BRI Initiative and usher in a new chapter of cultural exchanges and mutual appreciation of civilization against the backdrop of the 10th anniversary of the BRI and Global Civilization Initiative.   

Bonding through cultural exchange is key to building global solidarity. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road lnitiative, and to take in view of China's recently proposed Global Civilization Initiative, participants will share their insights on how to promote high-quality economic and social development, and how to foster nuanced understanding among people from different cultures.


Topic 1: Enhancing China' s Cultural Confidence and Extending lts International Discourse Reach Under the Belt and Road Initiative


Topic 2: A New Chapter of Cultural Exchange and Track Il Diplomacy for Countries Along the Belt and Road in the Era of "Internet Plus"


Topic 3: Cooperation in Education and CulturalIndustries Under the Belt and Road Initiative



Sub-session on Economy and Technology


Carbon peak and carbon neutrality have become shared global goals, due to the threats of climate change.

They are set to bring a series of profound changes to: resource extraction, logistics, manufacturing, lifestyles, and governance, and the political, economic and social structures they have rested on.

Under the theme of "Relying on Technology and Innovation to Create a New Zero-Carbon World," the Sub-session on Economy and Technology will look into the: reform and development of state-owned enterprises, carbon credit finance, low-carbon innovations and technology, ESG technology, and management innovation, etc.


Topic 1: Carbon Finance Innovation and Metrics. How can Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality Goals Be Measured and Achieved?

This topic will focus on how to finance carbon peak and neutrality. What financial instruments are available and what needs to be created?


Topic 2: Key Low-Carbon Innovations and Technologies.

This topic will focus on the key technologies for energy conservation and carbon emission reduction, as well as ways to fast-track the innovative application of related technologies.


Topic 3: The Top-Level Mechanisms and Policy Designs for Achieving Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality Goals.

This topic will explore the appropriate coordination and guarantee mechanisms, and favorable policies for achieving carbon peak and neutrality.



Sub-session on Central Asia


On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road lnitiative (BRl), the Global Conference on the 10th Anniversary of the Belt and Road lnitiative and Sub-Session on Central Asia of the 7th Taihe Civilizations Forum was held at Nazarbayev University in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on September 7, 2023. The event was jointly organized by China Daily, Xinhua News Agency, and China Studies Center of Kazakhstan and endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan.



Sub-session on International Relations


Topic 1: Great Power Competition, Regional Cooperation, and Asia-Pacific Security and Development.

In terms of development, the Asia-Pacific is the world's most promising region, but the region's geopolitical environment is increasingly complex and difficult to read.

Great power competition has increased the complexity of the Asia-Pacific region's security and development. The situation has become increasingly delicate and sensitive, embracing both risks and opportunities.

How can the parties concerned agree on essential dialogues, improve communications, and jointly explore pathways to promote security, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific?


Topic 2: The Changing European Security Landscape and Its Impact on the International Order.

The security situation in Europe presents new crises and challenges. Its evolution has aroused widespread concern in the international community, but also concerns about the direction and future development of the international order. The competition between major powers has intensified, increased and complicated the variables involved in the world's politics, economy, security understandings and structures.

How these crises can be resolved, while maintaining regional peace, stability, and promoting the construction of a benign international order, has become a topic of heated discussion, which we intend to explore.

Theme Date Location
People-to-People Exchange 04 July , 2023 Quanzhou
Economy and Technology 06 - 07 September , 2023 Taiyuan
Central Asia 07 September , 2023 Astana
International Relations 12 September , 2023 Beijing
Talent Integration 09 October , 2023 Hong Kong