Multi-conceptual world has diverse views on governing technology
World Insight with Tianwei

The 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as Summer Davos, will take place from July 1 to July 3 in Dalian, China. Over 1,900 leaders from business, government, and civil society will convene for the meeting. The theme of the annual meeting is "Leadership 4.0: Succeeding in a New Era of Globalization."

At a time of heightened geostrategic competition, the world's two largest economies are in a mood of debates, and many say it's already started to decouple the two economies particularly when it comes to technologies. Summer Davos mainly is focusing on innovation and technological development. Ahead of the meetings, Tian Wei talked to David Aikman, the World Economic Forum's (WEF) chief representative officer in China. He shared with us about what WEF can do.

"From my perspective, it's indicative of the fact we are not just live in a multipolar world. We are really living in a multi-conceptual world, and different countries, not just the United States and China but many countries around the world have very different views and diverse views about how technology should be governed, how these technologies can best be applied to solve the society's challenges," said Aikman.

"In that kind of situation, the very important thing is to create the dialogue between those different systems because we are not going to change the minds of different leaders in their attitudes towards technology," Aikman added.

"Our job is to create the dialogue between these different concepts and to try and see where we can learn from one another because in fact these different ideas about technology being governed can then be applied in other context," Aikman supplemented.

Some people suggest that this is probably the beginning of the possibility of a Cold War right now. WEF has been through the years of the Cold War, and it survived and thrived during the ages of globalization. Now facing people's different concepts of where we are and where we are heading for, as the WEF's chief representative officer in China, Aikman also shared his thoughts.

"The world is very different than it was in the Cold War. I think the situation between the United States and China is very different than the situation with the Soviet Union. Our global economy is so much more interconnected and interlinked now," said Aikman.

Many people now are working behind the scenes to try and get cooperation. That's why the Annual Meeting of the New Champions is particularly relevant in terms of giving leaders that awareness of the dynamics, trying to help them understand what's happening in terms of this big changes and big features of globalization 4.0.

"We are hoping to make some announcements, particularly on the environment where we are working very hard with the Chinese government in terms of protecting biodiversity and working to save tropical forests. We also just recently announced a strategic partnership with the UN to focus on particularly the sustainable development goals but also how it can work on climate, on health, on women's empowerment, and really to mobilize the business sector to come to the forum on these issues," said Aikman.

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