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5G in China

7 February 2023 12.00 - 13.30
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Virtual seminar

Sihan Bo Chen (Head of Greater China, GSMA) and Dr Paul G. Clifford (Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School) will deliver lectures on 5G in China.  Their lectures will be followed by a question and answer session.

Sihan Bo Chen will outline 5G’s global state of play and key trends. Her lecture will then delve into China’s 5G journey, from the efforts that made it into the world’s largest 5G and mobile market, China’s significant focus to empower vertical industries, aka 5GtoBusiness (5GtoB) and success stories, to why 5G has a lot to do with helping to tackle climate change. Her talk will also touch on GSMA’s work on 5G IN (Innovation and Investment) programme to leverage industry and ecosystem resources to nurture digital innovations across sectors and innovative entrepreneurs. 

Dr Paul Clifford will focus his lecture on dispelling myths and misconceptions about Huawei Technologies, China’s 5G leader.  He will discuss whether Huawei is 'Demon' or 'National Champion', look at the myths created by Huawei itself around its relationship to China’s Party-state, consider the myths created by Huawei’s detractors over ownership, government support, funding, the path to technology success, corporate culture, and what is driving the sanctions against Huawei, before explaining his conclusions.

Sihan Bo Chen is the Head of Greater China at the GSMA and Head of Asia for its convening arm. GSMA is the world’s largest mobile industry association that unites 750 MNOs and 400+ ecosystem companies. Sihan led the establishment of GSMA’s Greater China team in 2016 at the rise of China’s technology market and has been instrumental in supporting the industry to strategize and expedite 5G’s commercial growth. She works with some of the most prominent industry leaders to advance innovation and is a keen advocate for the global mobile industry’s common interests as they navigate through turbulent times. 

Sihan joined GSMA in 2011 as Vice President, Business Development of Asia and was the key leader to develop GSMA’s convening business in Asia. Prior to GSMA, Sihan built up extensive experience in media, government relationships and business management in both mainland China and the United Kingdom. Sihan holds an MBA degree from the University of Surrey and a Bachelor of Arts in Education. 

Dr. Paul G. Clifford is Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also President of the management consultants Paul G. Clifford & Associates, LLC.

The expanded second edition of his book The China Paradox. At the Front Line of Economic Transformation, which draws on his personal experiences to profile the 40 years of China’s economic reforms, was recently published.

Paul Clifford first lived in China as a student in 1973-74. After that he lived and worked in China as a corporate banker, as a strategy consultant and then with a global US high technology firm where he was driving strategy on smart and connected cities and was responsible for a strategic cooperation with a Chinese policy bank. He has advised both Chinese state-owned and private enterprises as well as multinational firms in China across a wide range of sectors. He has been an elected member of a Chinese government advisory group.

He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he received a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history, and at Peking University. He has taught in Mexico, UK and the US. He has been widely published on Chinese history, politics, and business. He is fluent in Chinese, classical and modern.

This is one of the events in the on-going China Forum Seminar series, hosted by the China Forum, Jesus College. The seminars, given by eminent speakers, cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.


This is a virtual seminar. Attendance is free. Advance booking is required by emailing:  Priority will be given to members of Jesus College and the University of Cambridge.