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Even for those of us accustomed to operating at China speed, the last few months have been intense. From the sudden covid policy reversal to the swift economic rebound, from remembering how to easily travel to preparing to welcome global leadership teams finally able to visit, China's certainly bustling back to business. Join us to celebrate! We'll also consider some of the challenges that remain for China, the outcomes of the two sessions, China's diplomatic and economic priorities, and more.


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


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

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of the 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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  • Yue Su (Principal Economist at EIU)

    Yue Su

    Principal Economist at EIU

    Yue Su is the Principal Economist of Access China/Asia at The Economist Intelligence Unit. She is a frequent guest in national and international media, providing critical insight into China’s economic trends and fast changing policy environment.

    Yue leads The EIU’s China research team, which provides economic and political coverage of China and has a strong client-facing element, both in terms of interacting with global clients looking at China and Chinese clients looking for a global perspective.

    Yue joined the EIU in 2013. She has deep knowledge of China's economic data and policy environment, and has played an instrumental role in shaping our forecasts and analysis for China at both the national and sub-national level. She also drives, for example, our recent successful calls on China's GDP growth in the Covid-19 era and leads our coverage interpreting policies such as “common prosperity”, China’s 14th Five Year Plan etc. Yue has focused her research on subjects including China’s demographic trends, regional and industrial economics, infrastructure and Chinese ODI/Belt and Road Initiative.
    During her time at The EIU she has contributed to several special reports, including the China Going Global Investment Index (2015 & 2017), Prospects and challenges on China’s "One Belt, One Road”: a risk assessment report and China’s supply-side structural reforms: progress and outlook. She has also acted as a consultant or advisor on several commissioned studies in the infrastructure field, such as on public-private partnerships in China and Asia.
    Yue holds a doctorate in political economy from the Chinese Academy of Governance. Her research focused on the aid effectiveness of multilateral development banks and analysed the factors that might disrupt the investment returns of infrastructure projects. Before joining The EIU she worked as a local government civil servant in China. Yue holds a Masters of Economics from The University of Hong Kong.

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  • Timothy P. Stratford (Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP)

    Timothy P. Stratford

    Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP

    Tim Stratford is senior counsel in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Public Policy Practice Groups. He is also presently serving as Chairman Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. Tim’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Tim is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in Beijing. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, DC in government service (2005-2010), Tim has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.

    While at USTR, Tim was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

    Prior to serving at USTR, Tim was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Tim also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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  • Don Weinland (China business and finance editor at The Economist)

    Don Weinland

    China business and finance editor at The Economist

    Don Weinland joined The Economist as China business and finance editor in 2020. He writes about global Chinese investment and the Chinese banking system, as well as multinational business within China. Don was the Financial Times’ Asia financial correspondent and Beijing correspondent from 2016-20. He has also worked as a journalist in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Phnom Penh. He moved to China in 2003 to study Mandarin and has spent much of his time in Asia since then.

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3rd Floor, Jin Lin Tian Di, 190 Ma Dang Road
Shanghai, China

If you have any questions please contact Lili Liang

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