Chen Xi

President, Institute of Smart City Planning and Design of Beijing Municipality (preparatory)

Dr. Chen Xi is the President of the Institute of Smart City Planning and Design of Beijing Municipality (preparatory), an agency assisting smart city planning reviews and policies in Beijing. Dr Chen Xi is an expert in geotech (geopolitics and technology) competition, global smart city planning and policymaking, as well as ICT corporation strategy. He also serves as a senior external advisor to the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, an adjunct associate professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, and an academic committee member at the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding, Peking University. He was a visiting senior fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, president of the Institute of Smart City Research at the ZTE Corporation and an advisor to the ZTE Strategy Committee on geopolitics and geo-economics. He played a leading role in designing smart-city projects in Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Gwadar (Pakistan), and Frankfurt.

China and the US are tussling for dominance in the Geotech arena. (iStock)

China-US Geotech competition: Does China stand a chance?

In a world ruled by immense technological advancement, a new frontier — Geotech or the nexus between geopolitics and technology — is opening up between key players, China and the US. How their tussle plays out will not only shape the future of the ICT landscape, but the balance of power among nations in the digital age.
Skyline of the Suzhou Industrial Park, one of the many testing grounds for smart city building in China. (Suzhou Industrial Park)

How enterprises survive in China's smart cities

Some survive by possessing core technologies, some survive by promoting an exciting concept, some by self-transformation, others by buying out and inheriting superb small companies. Prof Chen Xi shares the various tactics for enterprises to survive and benefit from smart city market restructuring. Where will the new battleground of smart city projects be and how can Singapore play a role?