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  • Translator: Massimo Bidussi Reviewer: Denise RQ

  • Before I came here this morning, my friend warned me,

  • "Be careful if you want to make fun of yourself by saying you're made in China,

  • people may associate you with cheap and poor quality products."

  • I smiled and said,

  • "Well, I can't deny that I look Chinese, and I trust I'm good quality,

  • I could be good quality, and I was striving to be good quality."

  • Having grown up in a new era of China,

  • my generation live with a story of China's prosperity

  • by opening up to the outside world.

  • China's opening has enabled us

  • to acquire advanced knowledge,

  • to learn English, to use computers, and Internet.

  • All through 1980s and 1990s,

  • China started its economic engine.

  • This is the typical story happening in China at that time:

  • US multinational Coca-Cola started a factory in China,

  • McDonald's started the first store in Beijing,

  • US giant Ford started a joint venture with a Chinese auto maker.

  • My dream at that time was to work for one of the joint ventures

  • set up by the American multinational companies in China.

  • My dream later landed me into an opportunity to work as a TV newscaster

  • for China's national television

  • as it launched its first international channel

  • to the global audience.

  • My job was to sit in my Beijing studio

  • to tell the stories happening in China to the global audience.

  • Through the lens of my studio,

  • my typical newscast was about the over 10% economic growth in China

  • in early 2000s.

  • After being a China's storyteller for a few years to the outside world,

  • I one day decided to go out to America to explore the real outside world.

  • I still remember very vividly that about ten years ago,

  • I finished my last newscast, bid farewell to my studio,

  • hugged my family and friends,

  • and boarded on an airplane to come to America to study.

  • All through my 13-hour flight,

  • my mind was full of imagination and excitement

  • about what my life will be across the ocean.

  • I was imagining that I can sit in a class at Harvard Yard,

  • I can climb on top of the Empire State Building,

  • I can run as in a film of Forrest Gump,

  • I can dance in Rodeo Drive in Hollywood.

  • And here I am, in America.

  • my journey has been far beyond just studying.

  • While I was enjoying my classes at Harvard Yard,

  • I was also amazed by the hot debate

  • about how China will emerge as a rival or a competitor to America.

  • While I was climbing the Empire State Building,

  • I was also amazed

  • that the skyscrapers nearby are becoming the favorite for Chinese investors.

  • When China was trying to innovate its 'Made in China' products,

  • there was concern in America whether there is a rising threat.

  • When I was running on the farm road,

  • I know that economic landscape has been changing dramatically across the globe.

  • While I was having my own journey,

  • the journeys of US and China have been more intertwined,

  • interdependent about each other

  • than any other time in history.

  • China has become the second largest economy in the world,

  • and bilateral trade investment has been growing exponentially,

  • and it's for the first time in a century

  • that Chinese investment in America has surpassed the US investment in China,

  • reaching about 60 billion US dollars.

  • The factories set up by American multinational companies in China in 1990s

  • are now becoming the strategic partners of American corporations

  • like I did ten years ago.

  • Some Chinese enterprises are also venturing out

  • to test the waters of the international markets

  • contributing to American economy and supporting 80,000 American jobs.

  • There are noises bouncing back and forth, too:

  • trade balances, currency, exchange rate,

  • and intellectual property right.

  • The most recent China-led AIIB bank, which in US is absent,

  • and the US-led TPP, which in China is absent,

  • has shown some signs of differences.

  • All through my journey,

  • some questions were always puzzling me.

  • Why made-in-China products can not be high-end innovations?

  • Why US and China have to be rivals or competitors?

  • Will the world embrace China

  • as the engine for global prosperity or the threat for global security?

  • What are the ways that US and China can work together and collaborate?

  • The burning desire to understand the new era of US-China's relations

  • and to answer the questions in my mind

  • have forced me to foray in the world of entrepreneurship

  • by starting my own venture.

  • That is why I started "Innovation Ideas Institute,"

  • a think-tank to fill our society with ideas and knowledge,

  • with especial [lens] on our young generation

  • that has led the new China and new America in this globalization era;

  • and to inspire the world of academics, policy, and business

  • about critical issues that they might otherwise ignore.

  • We engage talents, ideas, energy from both US and China

  • to generate balance programs to foster interdisciplinary innovation.

  • We bring together policy makers, business leaders

  • for communication with each other

  • to explore shared opportunities for mutual prosperity.

  • We bring thinkers and doers between US and China

  • to architect the system

  • for fresh perspectives and innovative ideas,

  • to pursue collaborative efforts and greater impact.

  • A few months ago, a business delegation from China visited Boston.

  • They are here to explore opportunities to co-invest in a Boston start-up

  • that is composed of US and Chinese scholars and scientists

  • working on clean water issues.

  • With the joint efforts,

  • this project may help to solve the pressing clean water issues in China

  • while generating high financial gains for this Boston start-up.

  • I am glad that my own personal journey

  • set the pace with the big picture of the two largest economies in the world.

  • My journey in US and China has transformed myself

  • from a young person who enjoys learning

  • into someone with a new passion and a new thinking

  • about the US-China collaboration cause.

  • I know it is not my journey alone,

  • it is the journey of hundreds of thousands people

  • who are bridging national differences in this globalization era.

  • It is a journey of how China would advance

  • through integration through the world community.

  • It is a journey of how US will continue to prosper

  • by engaging the world largest market.

  • It is a journey of how US and China will continue to explore

  • shared opportunities and responsibilities.

  • Maybe in a not far future,

  • the Made-in-China products will be redefined

  • as innovative ideas and products,

  • or collaborations created by scientists,

  • business leaders, scholars, and policy makers,

  • and people between US and China.

  • I truly believe what Steve Anderson said,

  • "Alone, we are smart.

  • Together, we are brilliant."

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Translator: Massimo Bidussi Reviewer: Denise RQ

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