08 May 2017. On 5 May 2017, ESPI Resident Fellow was invited to deliver a lecture on the international dimension of China’s space activities at the University of Torino. The lecture was part of the Spring Seminars that the university holds every year in the context of its Master’s degree in International Studies.
Together with Prof Wang Guoyu of the Beijing Institute of Technology and Prof Wu Xiaodan of the Central University of Finance and Economics, Mr. Aliberti discussed the current status and future potential of Europe-China Space Cooperation, by highlighting the need to transform political constraints into more pro-active policy action. Moderated by Prof. Giuseppe Gabusi of the University of Torino, the lecture sparked an enthusiastic discussion with the students on a wide range of issues.
The presentation of Mr. Aliberti can be accessed here.
On the same day, Mr. Aliberti, participated in a Stakeholder Roundtable convened by the TOChina Hub on the topic of Sino-Italian cooperation in the space domain. The TOChina Hub is a joint research & training platform established by the TOChina Centre of the University of Torino, the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) and ESCP Europe Business School. This informal closed-door gathering saw the participation of approximately 20 interlocutors from the academic, corporate and institutional domains. Succinct introductory remarks were offered by the speakers, which subsequently engaged in an open conversation with the roundtable’s participants, under Chatham House rule.
In conjunction of these well-attended events, the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) released a special issue of OrizzonteCina dedicated to the Chinese Space Programme. OrizzonteCina is Italy’s only bi-monthly journal dedicated to China’s current affairs, including political dynamics, socio-economic features, and cultural phenomena. The journal offers rigorous analysis and informative commentary and is freely downloadable online. Since 2010 over 400 essays have been published for an engaged public of over 15.000 readers, including officials, scholars, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and students across the globe.
ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti contributed with a piece entitled “All Above the Heaven: China’s Space Programme Between Industry 4.0 and Geopolitics”, in which he addresses recent and upcoming developments of Chinese space activities in light of Beijing´s industrial policies and foreign policy´s posture.