A Two Sessions Roundup with Neil Thomas and Dan Wang

  • Date
    19 March 2024
  • Beijing Time
    9:00 - 10:30
  • Location
  • Venue
    Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
  • Open to
    Stakeholders only
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The sudden cancellation of the Premier’s press conference, the passing of revisions to the Organic Law of the State Council, the focus on unleashing of ‘new productive forces’, Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s remarks on key conflicts and current relations between great powers, renewed commitments to boost consumption, discussions between indebted provinces and banks, the pledge to increase military spending by more than seven per cent… These are only some of the highlights of the recently concluded meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – also known as ‘Two Sessions’.

 To make sense of this host of announcements and what they mean for China’s economic, foreign policy and political trajectory, Neil Thomas, Fellow on Chinese Politics at Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis, and Dan Wang, Chief Economist at Hang Seng Bank, will join our upcoming Policy Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 19 March from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. Neil Thomas will join the meeting online. The meeting will be off-the-record and held under Chatham House rules.

How to register

This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners’ management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase IV including European embassies, consulates, EU-funded projects and secretariat/board members from European chambers or business associations only. If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please send your information to Ms Hanqi Gao at intern011@europeanchamber.com.cn before Monday 18 March noon. You will receive a confirmation email and later the full address.

Agenda (Beijing Time)

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and networking

9:00 – 9:10

Opening remarks

9:10 – 10:00

Presentations by Dan Wang and Neil Thomas

10:00 – 10:30

Discussion and Q&A

Dan Wang
Chief Economist, Hang Seng Bank China

Dan Wang is the chief economist at Hang Seng Bank China, based in Shanghai. Dan holds a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, with a focus in macroeconomics, environmental economics and econometrics.

Dan did her post-doctorate studies with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in agriculture and holds a BE in International Economics and BA in law from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Before joining Hang Seng Bank, Dan was an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Neil Thomas
Fellow on Chinese Politics, Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis

Neil Thomas is a Fellow on Chinese Politics at Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis, where he studies elite politics, political economy, and foreign policy. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst for China and Northeast Asia at Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk advisory and consulting firm, a Senior Research Associate at MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute, and a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and his writing appears in publications including The China Story, ChinaFile, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Lowy Interpreter, The Washington Post, and The Wire China. He is regularly quoted by major media outlets such as Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, and certificates from Renmin University, Tsinghua University, and Zhejiang University.

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