In China territorial development policies are linked to industrial policies elaborated by the Central Government, and to its ambitious strategy to promote innovation. China which used to be the factory of the world is evolving towards a model of advanced economy driven by a long term public commitment to research, innovation and higher education.
In a rather short period of time compared with Western economies, China is facing and overcoming demographic, environmental and urban challenges, with innovative approaches, through technological and economic exchange open, but controlled, with the rest of the world. From follower, China is becoming a leader in various sectors, and we can imagine that this rapid development will impact urbanization dynamics. It will modify the country foreign relations’ in every fields.
This conference will decipher these changes which are still difficult to measure and explore opportunities that are arising to European stakeholders.
This conference is a joint initiative by the EU-funded project MEDIUM, which explores the dynamics of medium-sized cities in China – coordinated by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and co-financed by DG for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission – and of the Association for the promotion of international relations for science and technics (AVRIST). The event is organized in partnership with the Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale (SEIN).