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Rising economic nationalism, the challenges of covid-19, and geopolitical tensions are fueling fears about de-globalisation and decoupling. Meanwhile, China is no longer growing at its usual robust pace. Having been the largest and most reliable source of global growth for decades, its inevitable slowdown feels more complicated due to the zero-covid policy's stomping on consumer and investor confidence and the seeming unending property sector crisis.

Although overwhelming trends have generally been towards continued interdependence, might we be at a turning point for both China's growth trajectory and the shape of the future trading world order? The costs of decoupling would be uncomfortably high; the global economy, and notably China, would suffer. But the drumbeats of self-sufficiency, economic nationalism, and US-China tech rivalry are hard to silence.

Join us to consider China's development and strategic economic priorities and the implications this has for global trade.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us at EICN Enquiries.


8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Audience Q & A


  • Dr Dan Wang (Chief Economist at Hang Seng Bank China)

    Dr Dan Wang

    Chief Economist at Hang Seng Bank China

    Dr Dan Wang is the chief economist at Hang Seng Bank China, based in Shanghai. Dan holds a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, with a focus in macroeconomics, environmental economics and econometrics. Her postdoc was with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in agriculture. She's regularly quoted in international media and write columns for several media, including FT China and Pengpai (the Paper). Before joining Hang Seng Bank, Dan was previously an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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  • Dr Henry Huiyao Wang (Founder & President of Center for China & Globalizatio, Former Counselor to China State Council)

    Dr Henry Huiyao Wang

    Founder & President of Center for China & Globalizatio, Former Counselor to China State Council

    Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and former Counselor to China State Council. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of China Association for International Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce, Vice Chairman of China Public Relations Association; a Director of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and a Director of China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, both organizations under the supervision of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Dean of Institute of Development Studies of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics of China, and a member of Advisory Committee for Global Competence Development of Tsinghua University. Currently, he is a Steering Committee Member of Global Governance for the Digital Ecosystems (GGDE), Paris Peace Forum, Pandemic Action Network (PAN), and also sits on the Advisory Board of Duke Kunshan University and Richard Ivey Business

    Dr. Wang pursued his PhD studies at University of Western Ontario and University of Manchester. He was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Fellow of Brookings Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada. As a thought leader on global relations, international business, global governance, global migration, global investment and trade, Chinese Diasporas and Chinese think tanks etc., he has published nearly 100 works, including China and Globalization Series: The Ebb and Flow of globalization: Chinese Perspectives on China’s Development and Role in the World; China and the World in a Changing Context - Perspectives from Ambassadors to China, Transition and Opportunity - Strategies from Business Leaders on Making the Most of China’s Future(Springer Nature, 2022), Consensus or Conflict: China and Globalization in the 21st Century (Springer Nature, 2021); The Globalization of Chinese Enterprises: Trends and Characteristics (Springer, 2020) etc.

    Dr. Wang is a frequent speaker at international events such as the World Economic Forum, Munich Security Conference, Paris Peace Forum, WTO Public Forum, Munk Debate, Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, and Milken Global Forum. He is also a frequent contributing writer for the op-eds to South China Morning Post, Financial Times, Bloomberg, New York Times and others.

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  • Dr Jing Liu (Professor of Accounting and Finance, Director of Investment Research Center at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business)

    Dr Jing Liu

    Professor of Accounting and Finance, Director of Investment Research Center at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

    Dr. Liu is Professor of Accounting and Finance, Chairman of the Faculty Executive Committee and Director of the Investment Research Center at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Prior to joining CKGSB, he was a tenured professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He earned his Ph.D. from the Columbia Business School in 1999.

    Academically, Dr. Liu is an internationally recognized expert on capital markets and investment analysis. A key feature of his research is a broad range and a tight connection between theory and practice. His research has been published in a number of leading international journals and has received wide recognition and citation. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Research Award from CKGSB, Eric E. Juline Research Award from the UCLA Anderson School, and the Barclays Global Investors (BGI) Best Paper Award from the Review of Accounting Studies.

    From the angle of practice, Dr. Liu’s research and teaching revolves around the general topic of value investing. He directs CKGSB’s Center for Investment Research, where students and analysts study economic trends at the macro, industry and company level for investment implications. This effort received wide attention from the investment community and the media. Dr. Liu is regularly invited to speak at public forums, write opinion pieces, and give interviews to business news outlets.

    At CKGSB, Dr. Liu has played multiple leadership roles. He is the Chairman of the Faculty Executive Committee, a democratically elected faculty governance body, former Chairman for the school’s alumni association and its development foundation. From 2014 to 2022, he oversaw CKGSB’s flagship Business Scholars Program as well as its highly acclaimed accelerator for start-up companies. From 2008 to 2015, he also guided the school’s finance, HR and IT functions.

    Dr. Liu serves as a director on the boards of several large Chinese as well as international companies. He also consults widely on management and investment issues.

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  • Steven Alan Barnett (Senior Resident Representative in China at International Monetary Fund)

    Steven Alan Barnett

    Senior Resident Representative in China at International Monetary Fund

    Mr. Barnett has become the International Monetary Fund’s Senior Resident Representative in China since February 2020. Prior to that, he worked as an Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director. For much of his career, however, he covered Asia. His positions included Chief of the China Division in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, Assistant Director at the IMF Office for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo, Resident Representative to China, and Resident Representative to Thailand. Prior to joining the IMF in 1997, he earned his PhD in economics from the University of Maryland. He has a Bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University as well as a Master's degree in Russian and East European Studies, also from Stanford.

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  • Mattie Bekink (China Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client engagement across China.

    Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and CSR. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.

    Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Dr Robert Xiao (Director, Beijing of the Economist Intelligence Corporate  Network)

    Dr Robert Xiao

    Director, Beijing of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Robert Xiao is the Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) in Beijing. He is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region and providing insights on economic and policy trends to support their business development in the Chinese market.

    Mr Xiao was previously a PhD Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Impact Finance Hub at Deakin Business School before joining EICN. His research mainly focused on the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and economic and financial policy analysis related to the Chinese market. He has authored multiple publications in Financial Times Top 50 Journals and been awarded major research grants jointly by the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also has more than a decade of experience teaching business courses including in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance, and Bachelor of Commerce programmes at leading universities.

    Mr Xiao has a Ph.D. in Finance and B.Com. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Monash University.

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