China's Global Ambitions in the Age of Xi Jinping: Envisioning Multiple Scenarios

July 8, 2019 – July 10, 2019 all-day Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa La Fonte
Via delle Fontanelle 18
IT-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)

Global Governance Programme (in collaboration with the School of Transnational Governance and the Torino World Affairs Institute)


Scientific Coordinators: Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute and Torino World Affairs Institute, and Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute 8-10 JULY 2019


This Executive Training Seminar brings together European and Chinese scholars with robust experience in strategic foresight to explore the most salient political and socioeconomic trends
currently defining China’s domestic transformations as well as Beijing’s increasingly ambitious international posture. It offers outstanding graduate students, young scholars and professionals an
intimate setting that encourages informal interaction and hands-on learning through scenario-making techniques.

Over the first two days of training participants will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on the strategic outcomes of the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party, including its
implications for China’s foreign policy and for the next cycle of domestic reforms envisaged to enhance the country’s competitiveness. Special attention will be devoted to the Belt and Road Initiative and to China’s endeavours in the realm of international institution-building. Scholars will reflect on how President Xi Jinping’s stated goal of moving China to the global centre stage by 2049 will reverberate on political dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, on world trade and global macroeconomic stability, and on international development.

In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. In a very interactive
session, participants identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolate mega-trends and critical uncertainties, articulate alternative ‘futures’, and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the ‘official future’ to their preferred scenario.



Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute, and Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy
Gregory Chin | York University, Toronto, Canada
Giuseppe Gabusi | University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy
Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence, and European University Institute, Italy
Richard W. X. HU | University of Hong Kong, China
Yu Zheng | Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom



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