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The history of China's high-speed trains

20 May 2021 17.00 - 18.30
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Virtual seminar

Professor Huaichuan Rui, Professor of International Business, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, will deliver a lecture on the history of China's high-speed trains. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Based on a decade-long research, Professor Huaichuan Rui will analyse the historical evolution of the Chinese high-speed train (HST) industry in the broad context of the global railway industry and political economy. She will present research findings related to the following questions: Why did foreign built railways dominate China after the 1870s? Why did China initiate high-speed rail development in 1990 and why was the initiative delayed for 18 years by Maglev proponents and others? How did China achieve successful technology transfer in manufacturing HSTs from multinational firms between 2004-2008? How did China develop HSTs with standards and IPRs between 2008-2015? and, to what extent have the Chinese HSTs succeeded in international markets?

Professor Huaichuan Rui is Professor of International Business at the School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. She received her PhD from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2003. She has been leading a pioneering project entitled 'Chinese outward investment and multinational enterprises (MNEs)' since 2005, conducting over 800 interviews around the world and gauging local views and reactions on Chinese MNEs. She has recently worked on an ERC (European Research Council) funded project entitled 'Trust, Global Traders, and Commodities in a Chinese International City', exploring the role played by the city of Yiwu in the global trade in low-grade Chinese commodities. Professor Rui has been invited by various institutions including the United Nations and OECD to speak about China's investment, trade, multinationals and development experience.

This is one of the lectures in the on-going China Centre Seminar series, hosted by the China Centre, Jesus College. The lectures, 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. 


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