World Economic Forum: China Looms Large

With the turmoil in global financial systems, attendees at the WEF forum in Tianjin ask if China can cushion the impact of a slowdown in more developed countries
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Guang Niu/Getty Images

There couldn't have been a more interesting time to hold the World Economic Forum Summer Davos 2008, which ran Sept. 26-28 in the eastern coastal port city of Tianjin, China. Just like at Davos, the organization's main event held every winter in the eponymous Swiss ski resort, the forum brought together a mix of business leaders, pundits, and policymakers, including Citigroup (C) Vice-Chairman William Rhodes, Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, and Lenovo Chairman Yang Yuanqing. Also attending were China Mobile (CHL) chief Wang Jianzhou, TCL CEO Li Dongsheng, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, and European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

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