Chen Xi

Visiting Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Chen Xi is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. His expertise includes geo-technological competition and collaboration. He served as President of the Institute of Smart City Research at the ZTE Corporation and an advisor for ZTE Strategy Committee on issues concerning geo-politics and geo-economics. He played a leading role in the designing of smart city projects spanning from Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Gwadar in Pakistan, to Frankfort metropolitan area. He completed his PhD from a joint program run by Dalian University of Technology and Cornell University. He did his post-doctoral research at the School of International Studies and the Office of S&T Development at Peking University and the School of Computer Science at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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?