China is at a crossroads. After several years as the key driver of the global economy, there are now increasing concerns about its capacity to sustain this role. Last week, Premier Li Keqiang admitted that China faces ‘great challenges and uncertainties’ but claimed that the economic fundamentals are stable and predicted 6.5-7% growth in 2016 as China moves towards ‘the new normal.’ Others, including Moodys rating agency, are not so sure pointing to slower manufacturing growth, falling trade, a stock market in freefall and low levels of consumer confidence.
What are the prospects of President Xi Jinping’s reforms being implemented? What are the implications for Chinese politics and society? And what do trends in China mean for the EU and EU-China relations?
To discuss these issues you are invited to a panel discussion on 14 March, 1700-1830, at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
1700 – Welcome by Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre
1710 – Panel discussion with Duncan Freeman, Senior Fellow, Brussels Institute for China and European Studies; Annika Melander, DG Ecfin and ex EU delegation in China, Sun Mingxi, Head of Economic Division, Mission of China to the EU; Chris Cheung, Director, EU SME Centre in China.
1740 – Discussion
1830 – Close