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Important Notice Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Harvard College China Forum 2020

March 24, 2020

Dear speakers and attendees:

 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Harvard University’s policies on campus de-densification and social distancing, it is with our deepest regret to announce that the 23rd Harvard College China Forum, originally planned to be held April 10-12th at Harvard University, will no longer be held on site.

 

At this critical time in the global battle against COVID-19, we believe that canceling the on-site conference is in the best interest of everyone involved. Since the end of last year’s forum, our team has made tremendous efforts to plan for this year’s conference and confirmed the attendance of many global leaders in government, business, and academia for this year’s forum. Unfortunately, due to the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and in compliance with Massachusetts’s prohibition of social gatherings with more than 10 people, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s on-site forum. We sincerely apologize for the late notice and thank you for your support and understanding.

 

Although we have decided to cancel the on-site conference, we would continue to explore alternative ways to engage with our speakers and audience, whether that means moving the forum online or hosting a summer forum. In the past few months, the world has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented volatilities in the stock market and oil market, and we look forward to fostering a constructive conversation about the long-term consequences of these events. Thank you in advance for your patience as you await our updates.

 

In these trying times, we want you to know that you are not alone and hope that you and your family would stay safe, healthy, and vigilant. We hope the pandemic would soon be contained, and look forward to connecting with you again.

 

Sincerely,

Organizing Committee

Harvard College China Forum

 

March 25, 2020

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