China’s Unified National Market: Towards Economic and Political Centralisation?

  • Date
    06 June 2022 - 06 June 2022
  • Beijing Time
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Venue
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As China’s central leadership has been ramping up efforts to strengthen its domestic economy and increase its self-reliance, Beijing last month announced plans to build a “unified domestic market” to improve standardisation and consistency in the implementation of regulations across a wide range of industries. At the same time, analysis of previous party congress elections suggests that Beijing has been strengthening political control of provincial offices over the past decades.

The EU SME Centre and the European Chamber are thus pleased to invite you to join our next Policy Meeting, where Mr Tao Li, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau will provide perspectives on the current trends towards economic and political centralisation, while Mr Orange Wang, Chinese Macroeconomy Reporter at South China Morning Post, will be moderating the whole session. The meeting will take place on Monday, 6th June 15:00-16:30 online via Zoom. The meeting will be off-the-record and under Chatham House rules.


15:00 – 15:10 Opening Remarks

15:10 – 16:00 Presentation by Mr. Li and Mrs Bekink

16:00 – 16:30 Q&A

Meeting Registration and Cancellation

This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners’ management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase III 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 Susana Xu ( with in copy before Friday, 3rd June COB. You will receive a confirmation email and later on the access link to the meeting.

About the Speakers Mr. Tao Li

Associate Professor, Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau

Tao LI is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau. He obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in Statistics from Harvard University, as well as B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University. Dr. Li’s research focuses on formal theory, as well as on Chinese public policy and political economy, especially education and labor policy, bureaucracy, and party politics. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Social Choice and Welfare, Economics of Education Review, and the Journal of Public Economics.

Mr. Orange Wang

Chinese Macroeconomy Reporter, South China Morning Post

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China’s monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.

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