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.
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Chief Representative of China at Jardine Matheson (China) Limited
Adele MA joined Jardine Matheson Group on 1st March 2017 and was appointed Chief Representative of Jardine Matheson (China) Limited Beijing Office. Since July 2021, she has been promoted to the Chief Representative of China. She is responsible for dealing with public relations and government affairs of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, supporting the development of the Group’s business activities in mainland China.
Prior to joining Jardines, Ms MA held a number of key positions in the Central Government of PRC, including five years of diplomat in the China Mission to the European Union from 2010-2015, member of the expert group on China-EU trade negotiation in 2012 and 2013, five years of Special Attaché in Brussels at World Customs Organization under the UN framework. In addition to international work experiences, she was also responsible for international enforcement cooperation projects in the General Administration of China Customs for many years. She has extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and business negotiation as well as international cooperation.
Ms MA holds a Doctorate in Economics, majoring in Economics and International Trade.
Wuttke is President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China – an office he already held from 2007 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2017. Wuttke is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. He has lived in Beijing for more than three decades.
Beijing Director of 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.