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China's 14th Five-Year Plan opens a new stage in its development, with the aim of making the country a "great modern socialist power".

This stage, however, is fraught with geopolitical uncertainty. China's control of the covid-19 pandemic has boosted its confidence, but opened up new divisions with the West. Relations with America under President Biden remain tense. And China is pursuing an ambitious agenda to reduce its economic reliance on other countries, in order to minimise its vulnerabilities.

What are the economic issues to watch in the implementation of the 14th FYP? And what can be said about China's longer-range targets for 2035, also unveiled as part of the plan? Will foreign businesses still have openings in the Chinese market or will the push for self-reliance shunt them to the sidelines? What is the meaning of the Dual Circulation Strategy and how is China's approach to innovation changing?

Join us for lunch with Simon Rabinovitch, Asia Economics Editor of The Economist newspaper, to discuss the business and financial implications of China's latest strategic initiative.

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 Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


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


  • Simon Rabinovitch (Asia Economics Editor at The Economist)

    Simon Rabinovitch

    Asia Economics Editor at The Economist

    Simon Rabinovitch is Asia Economics Editor of The Economist. He is the author of an essay on the Chinese economy, “The global centre”, and a special report on the Chinese financial system, "Big but brittle" (2016). He previously served as a correspondent with the Financial Times and Reuters in Beijing, Shanghai and London, reporting on finance and economics. The joint winner of a Society of Publishers in Asia award for coverage of China, Simon’s commentary has appeared on BBC and NPR. He also had a brief stint as a table-tennis reporter during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Outside of journalism, Simon has served as National Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships for China, a scholarship for students to attend the University of Oxford. He has a BA from McGill University and an MPhil from the University of Oxford.

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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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