In July 2019, Berggruen Institute partnered with the Australia-based Minderoo Foundation and the Center for International Strategy and Security of Tsinghua University to support the 8th World Peace Forum in Beijing. The theme of this year’s forum was “Stabilizing the World Order: Common Responsibilities, Joint Management, and Shared Benefits,” with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence and Governance. At the opening ceremony, Wang Qishan, Vice President of China, addressed a global mix of current and former foreign ministers and heads of state attending the forum.
The AI Governance discussion included presentations from current Berggruen Fellow Professor Zeng Yi of the Chinese Academy, as well as Berggruen Institute China Center Director Song Bing. Berggruen Institute Vice President of Programs Nils Gilman chaired a panel discussion on the Impact of AI Technology, which discussed the differing AI development strategies being taken in different countries, and the sorts of new risks and opportunities that AI presents for international relations. Song Bing also chaired a panel addressing the role of international organizations and businesses to mitigate AI risks, as well as emergent policy options and legal frameworks for governing the use AI.
At the Forum, the Berggruen Institute agreed to develop a new project to limit the weaponization of AI. The Berggruen Institute will partner on this project with Madame Fu Ying, Vice Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s 13th National People’s Congress and Honorary Dean of Institute of International Relations and Chairman of Center for International Strategy and Security of Tsinghua University, and Ryan Hass, former China lead at the U.S. National Security Council and current Brookings Institution Fellow.