Thurs 16 June, 7pm – China in a World of Megacities

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Date(s) - Thursday, June 16 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Maya (in clubhouse of Shanghai Grand Plaza apt complex)


As the world becomes increasingly connected through economically thriving megacities, the changing urban landscape offers new potential for sharing information, ideas, talent and cash. But where does China fit in? Where is its place in this emerging global network, and to what extent does the government cut itself off from the world in a climate of firewalls and privacy?

With the Chinese government’s “soft power” approach in full swing, is it opening its borders and systems to international connections? Or does the show of outside openness mask the fact that the country remains as closed as ever where it really matters?

International relations expert and author Parag Khanna will discuss his new book Connectography which posits the emergence of a global network civilization in which megacities compete over connectivity more than borders. He will consider how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access, and how China competes in this new world of connected megacities.

About the speaker

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist and best-selling author. He has been an adviser to the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 programme, and served in the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. From 2006-2015 he was a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, and during 2007 he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical adviser to United States Special Operations Forces. Previous roles include Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Khanna is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm. His latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (, looking at the connections linking global megacities and their growing influence on global affairs. The book will be available to purchase at the event.

Venue: Maya
568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
Time: Thursday 16 June, 7pm-9pm (doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7:30pm)
Price: 50RMB SFCC members; 150RMB non-members. Price includes two drinks and canapés


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