Event Details

In mid-October, the 20th Communist Party congress will take place in Beijing. President Xi will secure a third term as party chief and key decisions on political leadership will be revealed. This congress is viewed as the most important political event for China in decades as the country is currently facing unprecedented challenges both internally and externally. The new leadership will need to shepherd China's economy through a perfect storm of problems - slowing growth, property sector distress, labour market risks, weak demand at home and abroad, crushed consumer and investor confidence due to continued adherence to zero-covid, energy and power crunches, climate risks, rising debt concerns, and geopolitical tensions influencing business sentiment - as they lead China into its "new era" and towards the "great rejuvenation."

Join us to unpack the party congress outcomes and consider what they mean for China's policy priorities moving forward.

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.


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Registration and Networking
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Presentation and discussions


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

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of 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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  • Shengjun Liu (Chief economist at National Affairs Financial Reform ThinkTank)

    Shengjun Liu

    Chief economist at National Affairs Financial Reform ThinkTank

    Dr. Liu is the chief economist of National Affair Financial Reform ThinkTank. His research focuses on economic reform, political econo-my, FinTech, and sino-US relationships. He published several books including Next Decade of China. In 2014, he was invited to the eco-nomic conference hosted by Premier Li Keqiang. Dr. Liu was a member of the global agenda council of the World Economic Forum. He served as the executive deputy director of the CEIBS Lujiazui International Finance Institute. He won many awards such as persons of the year 2012 by Businessweek (Chinese version), and China’s Young Econo-mist in 2013 by Beijing News.

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  • David Rennie (Beijing bureau chief and Chaguan columnist at The Economist)

    David Rennie

    Beijing bureau chief and Chaguan columnist at The Economist

    David Rennie joined The Economist in 2007 as European Union correspondent and Charlemagne columnist, based in Brussels. From July 2010 to July 2012 he was British political editor and author of the Bagehot column, based in London. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Washington DC. He was Lexington columnist 2012-17, and Washington bureau chief 2013-2018. In May 2018 he moved to China as Beijing bureau chief and launched the Chaguan column on China in September 2018. Previously he was on the foreign staff of the Daily Telegraph, with postings in Sydney (1998), Beijing (1998 to 2002), Washington DC (2002-05) and Brussels (2005-07). From 2006 until he joined The Economist, he was also a contributing editor of the Spectator magazine. He worked for the Daily Telegraph in London (1996-98), and the Evening Standard (1992-96). He has given classes and public lectures on EU affairs at the universities of Harvard and Boston in America, Bristol University in Britain and at the business schools ESCP (Paris) and IE (Madrid). He won the 2010 UACES/Thomson Reuters “Reporting Europe” award. He is a frequent guest on radio and television news programmes. David Rennie is a contributing panelist on “1A”, NPR’s daily news talk programme, based at WAMU in Washington DC.

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