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China's post-COVID recovery was expected to be swift and remarkable. However, those closely observing China's economic rebound are now remarking more on its struggles than its surge. What is causing China's shaky recovery? Does it all come down to the property sector slowdown or local government debt? Moreover, The Politburo recently held a meeting to analyze and study the current economic situation and economic work. What tools will the government deploy in the second half of the year to improve China's trajectory and address some of the structural challenges facing the economy? We are delighted to have Dr. Ge Wu, Chief Economist at Changjiang Securities and the recipient of the Sun Yefang Economic Science Award (孙冶方经济科学奖), join us for a summer cocktail to ponder these questions and share his perspectives.

*Please note that the language for this event will be Chinese/bilingual. We will provide simultaneous interpretation on-site during the event.


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.


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration and Network
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Presention and Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cocktail Party


  • Dr Ge Wu (Chief Economist at Changjiang Securities)

    Dr Ge Wu

    Chief Economist at Changjiang Securities

    Dr Ge Wu. Chief Economist at Changjiang Securities. Dr Wu has had a long-term tenure in the monetary policy department of the PBOC and served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He is the recipient of the Sun Yefang Economic Science Award (孙冶方经济科学奖)--the highest award in Chinese economics, and has also been honored with the Pushan Policy Research Award and the Liu Shibai Economics Award. He has consistently won the "Far-sighted Cup" for economic forecasting and holds part-time teaching and mentor positions at Tsinghua University, Fudan University, and Renmin University. He has participated in numerous economic symposiums with the Prime Minister and delivered special speeches.

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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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