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China's economy has significantly underperformed in 2022 with challenges related to covid-19 and the property sector weighing heavily. We estimate growth of just 3.3% this year—adding pressure to the country's decision-makers.

What is China's growth strategy for the years ahead, and how will the world respond to lowered Chinese demand for goods?

China's president, Xi Jinping, won a sweeping victory at the recently concluded 20th party congress, elevating close allies into leadership roles. His deepened authority points to strong policy continuity but also missteps, as checks and balances further weaken.

The biggest near-term test is likely to be navigating an easing of China's "zero-covid" policy.

Join us as we explore China's outlook through 3 topics:

  • The outcomes from the 20th party congress and the implications for policy and businesses working with or in China
  • The economic outlook for China in 2023 - including policies related to property and covid-19
  • The geopolitical landscape between China and the United States, South-East Asia, ANZ, and other key markets

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to eicn_sea@economist.com.



  • Kian Ming ONG (Former Member of Parliament for Bangi)

    Kian Ming ONG

    Former Member of Parliament for Bangi

    Dr. Ong Kian-Ming is the Member of Parliament for Bangi (since May 2018). He was formerly the Member of Parliament for Serdang (from May 2013 to April 2018). He was the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) from July 2018 to February 2020.

    He was a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Prior to his political life, he was formerly a lecturer at UCSI University, a researcher at the Socio-Economic Development and Research (SEDAR) Institute and the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Studies (INSAP) and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the Kuala Lumpur office.

    He was also an ASEAN Scholar in Singapore and completed his “O” and “A” levels in Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College respectively. He attended primary and secondary school in La Salle Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

    He enjoys jogging, watching movies and listening to podcasts in his spare time.

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  • Peter Chang (Deputy Director of Universiti Malaya)

    Peter Chang

    Deputy Director of Universiti Malaya

    Dr. Peter T. C. Chang is trained in the field of comparative philosophy and religion. Dr. Chang's current research looks at how a rejuvenated Confucianism could shape the evolving character of the Chinese milieu and in turn impact the global community. Based at the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Dr. Chang is also analyzing the opportunities and risks associated with the Belt and Road Initiative. He is examining this from the perspective of China's soft power, specifically the Chinese traditional as well as popular cultural imprints upon the world at large in general, and Malaysia in particular. Aside from academic writing, Dr. Chang’s publications include opinion pieces in media platforms such as the South China Morning Post.

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  • Juita Mohamad (Director of IDEAS)

    Juita Mohamad

    Director of IDEAS

    Dr. Juita Mohamad is the Director of the Economics and Business Unit and the Director of Research at IDEAS. She was an Indo Pacific Fellow at Perth USAsia Center in Australia in 2021. Dr. Mohamad is one of the Resource Persons of Malaysia’s All Party Parliament Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. She has also served as a Fellow in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration (ETRI) Division of Malaysia’s Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and as an Economist at the Asia Desk, OECD Development Center in Paris.

    Juita earned a PhD in International Studies (Economics Discipline) from Waseda University. Her thesis focused on the impact of trade liberalisation on wage inequality between skilled and unskilled workers in Malaysia. She obtained her Master's Degree in Economics from Shiga University, Japan and her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UKM. Her current research interests include trade, regional integration, protectionism, wage inequality, the informal sector, and digital trade.

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  • 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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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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