[Stakeholders Only] Plus Ça Change or The Start of Something New? Decoding the 20th Party Congress

  • Date
    24 October 2022 - 24 October 2022
  • Beijing Time
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Venue
    Online (Zoom)
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Dear partners and stakeholders,

The 20th Party Congress is widely expected to consolidate Xi Jinping’s leadership as he enters his third term as President and General Secretary of the Party. At the same time, questions remain about what the makeup of the leadership core surrounding Xi will be – particularly given the fact that a substantial number of senior leaders are set to retire. What will the outcomes of the Congress mean in terms of strategic and policy priorities, internal dynamics within the ruling class in China and potential succession plans?

The EU SME Centre and the European Chamber are pleased to invite you to join our upcoming Policy Meeting, where, in a session moderated by European Chamber President Joerg Wuttke, Victor Shih, Associate Professor at UC San Diego and author of Coalitions of the Weak: Elite Politics in China from Mao’s Stratagem to the Rise of Xi will discuss the dynamics in elite power politics at play at the Party Congress. Next, Mattie Bekink, China Director at The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network will explain the implications of this gathering for the Chinese economy. The meeting will take place on Monday 24 October from 11:00-12:30 online. The meeting will be off-the-record and held under Chatham House rules.

Admission: No charge but open to EU SME Centre Phase IV consortium partners & stakeholders only


11:00 – 11:10

Opening Remarks by European Chamber President Joerg Wuttke

11:10 – 11:35

Presentation of the politics of the Party Congress by Professor Victor Shih

11:30 – 12:00

Presentation on the implications of the Congress on the economy by Ms Mattie Bekink

12:00 – 12:30

Discussion and Q&A

Victor Shih

Victor Shih is an expert on the politics of Chinese banking policies, fiscal policies, and exchange rate, as well as the elite politics of China. He is the author of two books published by the Cambridge University Press, Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation and Coalitions of the Weak: Elite Politics in China from Mao’s Stratagem to the Rise of Xi. He is also editor of Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability: Duration, Institutions and Financial Conditions, published by the University of Michigan Press. Shih also has published widely in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, The China Quarterly, and Party Politics.

Shih is an associate professor of political economy and the Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations. He is currently engaged in a study of the activities of the Chinese elite and of Chinese defense firms around the world. He is also maintaining a large database on biographical information of elites in China.

At GPS, Shih teaches courses including Financing the Chinese Miracle, Chinese Sources and Methods, Chinese Politics and Political Economy of Authoritarian Regimes.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Shih was a professor of political science at Northwestern University and former principal for The Carlyle Group.

Mattie Bekink

Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client engagement across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component. 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 senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility.

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.

Meeting Registration and Cancellation

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 Yuxuan Jia at intern011@europeanchamber.com.cn before Friday 21 October COB. You will receive a confirmation email and later on the full address.

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