Event Details

July 2021 marks the centenary of the founding of China's Communist Party. Domestic audiences can expect a summer of patriotic celebrations, stressing the indispensable role of the party in guiding China's transition from a weak, poor agrarian economy to a global economic giant. Chinese leaders will outline large hopes for the future, too: to make China a "great modern socialist country" by 2049, when the People's Republic turns 100. Chinese leaders have described ambitions to bind the world to Chinese markets and supply chains, while working to achieve self-reliance in key sectors so that their country avoids dependence on foreign suppliers or governments for materials or technologies critical to the country's national, economic or food security. After decades of biding their time and hiding their strength, party leaders are ready to promote their political model of authoritarian state capitalism to the outside world as the secret of China's success.

Those domestic expressions of pride and ambition pose a challenge, when it comes to telling China's story abroad. For China's rise looks increasingly disruptive to the Western-led world order that has enjoyed such pre-eminence since 1945. In 1949 the party won power with offers of domestic redistribution. Today, the promise from China's leaders to their people involves a global redistribution of wealth and geopolitical clout.

Join The Economist's Beijing Bureau Chief and Chaguan columnist David Rennie to reflect on 100 years of the CCP and what the future may hold. We'll explore the narratives that have shaped the party's understanding of itself and how they have shaped modern China and what policy signals the business community should be looking for at this consequential time.

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12 PM - 12:30 PM
Registration & Drinks
12:30 PM - 2 PM
Lunch and Discussions


  • David Rennie (Beijing Bureau Chief, The Economist)

    David Rennie

    Beijing Bureau Chief, 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 is a frequent guest on radio and television news programmes.

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

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client servicing across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component.

    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 senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility. 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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