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China's Rise / The New Contradiction

There were many prominent headlines following the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress: the dominance of known Xi allies among the newly announced Politburo; the emergence of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era; and the enshrinement of the Belt and Road Initiative in the Party Constitution. What has drawn less focus from the foreign business community is the emergence of the “new contradiction” in Chinese society, between “the people’s growing demand for a good life and the country’s unbalanced and insufficient growth.” This acknowledgement may finally see an end to the ‘growth at all costs’ model and a commitment to slower but sustainable, long-term growth.

At the European Chamber’s 2017 Annual Conference, China’s Rise: The New Contradiction, we are delighted to welcome the Head of the European Union Delegation to China, HE Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut, and keynote speaker Zhang Xiaoqiang, former Vice Chairman of the NDRC. They will headline a host of leading economists, academics and business leaders who will analyse what China will look like in President Xi’s ‘new era’. Is the market still destined to play the decisive role? Will President Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative finally transition from grand vision to ambitious reality? And what forks remain in the road for the deleveraging of the Chinese economy?



08:00-08:40 Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:40-08:55 The New Contradiction

08:55-09:10 Address from the Honorary President of the European Chamber

09:10-09:40 Keynote Speech

09:40-10:35 Perceptions from the 19th Party Congress

10:35-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:40 China Inc’s Outbound Ambition (and the relationship of FDI to ODI)

11:40-12:35 China’s Economic Outlook in Xi’s New Era

Event Speakers

Mats Harborn

President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

HE Hans Dietmar Schweisgut

Head of the Delegation of the EU to China and Mongolia

Zhang Xiaoqiang

former Vice Chairman of the NDRC and Executive Vice Chairman of the CCIEE

Benedict Bingham

China Country Director, Asia Development Bank

Jude Blanchette

Engagement Director, The Conference Board

Thilo Hanemann

Director and Economist, Rhodium Group

Patrick Horgan

Vice President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

Benjamin Lim

North Asia Special Correspondent, Reuters

James McGregor

Chairman, APCO Worldwide, China

Michael Pettis

Professor, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Lester Ross

Partner, WilmerHale

Sabine Stricker-Kellerer

Attorney at Law, SSK Asia

Edward Tse

Founder & CEO, Gaofeng Advisory

Wang Xin

Vice President, China Centre for Globalisation (CCG)

Zhu Ning

Chair Professor of Finance, Deputy Dean, National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University

Peter Martin

China Government Reporter, Bloomberg LP

Tom Rafferty

Regional Manager, China at The Economist Intelligence Unit

Yanmei Xie

Analyst, Gavekal


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Event Location

Rosewood Hotel, 2nd Floor West Ballroom

Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020

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Josephine Li
+86 (10) 6462 2066 ext. 56