Wǒ Men Podcast: A Chinese View Behind the Scenes at Davos 2019

Yajun Zhang shares her view from the inner sanctum of the World Economic Forum in Davos

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1:15 AM HKT, Sat February 2, 2019 1 mins read

The Wǒ Men Podcast is a bi-weekly discussion of life in China hosted by Yajun Zhang and Jingjing Zhang. Previous episodes of the Wǒ Men Podcast can be found here, and you can subscribe to Wǒ Men on iTunes here.

The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland is one of the most prominent meetings of world leaders, business executives and scholars to discuss pressing international topics and issues. Many of us hear about it from afar, either from media coverage or our Twitter/WeChat feeds. But what does Davos really look like? How is the conference put together? And with the US-China relationship currently in a somewhat tense place, what do people talk about at Davos?

As a member of the Global Programming team of the World Economic Forum, Wǒ Men Podcast host Yajun helped to design and select the speakers for some of the 300 public sessions, particularly on the topics related to China. For this episode, she takes us inside Davos, shares her own observations and interviews some of her colleagues who try to move the needle in a positive direction on major international topics. She also shares her view on international perceptions of China at the conference and how China can better engage on the international stage.

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Please do listen to the end of the episode and imagine Yajun walking on the street covered in snow wearing heavy snow boots in the dark and worrying about falling down on the street. (Actually, she did fall and bruise herself, but compared with 4 other colleagues who fell and broke their arms and legs, she was quite lucky.)

Listen below on Mixcloud, or find Wǒ Men on iTunes here.

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