With over 140 people stuffing the Aula Magna to capacity, the debate over topics surrounding China’s economic growth and its impact to the world was easily IE China Club’s biggest event of the year. With the help of China Club Spain and IE Campus Life, IE China Club arranged for the debate to be carried out by Chinese and Spanish diplomats and business leaders.

The event kicked off with a spirit of collaboration and positivity emitted in opening speeches given by:

Miss Aiwen Yang, President of IE China Club
Mr. Santiago Iñiguez, Executive President of IE University
Ms. Margaret Chen, Founder of China Club Spain and Moderator for the debate.

To initiate the debate, each of the six panelists expressed great excitement and high hopes surrounding China’s famous growth. Here is a snapshot of their thoughts:

Representing the China perspective:

Mr. Yingqi Wang, Commercial Counsel of the Chinese Embassy, began the discussion with a celebratory announcement of China’s impressive growth statistics with a reminder that more growth is yet to come.
Ms. Pin Ye, General Director of AliExpress in Spain and IE Alumna, shared her story of hard work and success in helping to bring the AliExpress brand and services into the Spanish market.
Mr. Wenjin Mao, President of Foundation of the Exchanges between Yiwu & Spain, provided fascinating insight into the railway infrastructure project facilitating flows of goods between China and Spain.

Representing the Spanish perspective:

Mr. Manuel Valencia, Former Ambassador of Spain to China and Vice President Tecnicas Reunidas international
Mr. Javier Serra, General Director of ICEX and Former Commercial Counsel of the Spanish Embassy in China
Mr. Enrique Fanjul, Vice President of Cátedra China and Member of Scientific Council of Elcano Royal Institute

All three debaters of the Spanish perspective had very similar comments to make. They each expressed great admiration for China and spoke of their times there with notable fondness. Furthermore, they all hope to see greater collaboration between Spain and China as well as the expansion of Spanish business opportunities there.

The Debate:
Margaret Chen took questions from the audience to catalyze conversation among the panelists. The discussion hovered around various benefits brought to Spanish, Chinese and global society by China’s growth. Within these discussions, a notable debate topic surrounding protectionism in China surfaced, but although some disagreement seemed to arise, both perspectives notably agreed on the importance of the world remaining receptive to the benefits of cooperation with China’s continued success.

The Cocktail:
The spirit of excitement carried on into the networking event held after the debate, where Chinese, Spanish and other global citizens engaged the topics and enjoyed each other’s company. All expressed anticipation for the upcoming further debates, so we encourage more to come and join us next time!

The event can be watched through the following link


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