Unpacking the 2022 Two Sessions

  • Date
    18 March 2022 - 18 March 2022
  • Beijing Time
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Venue
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The 2022 Two Sessions are taking place in a context of transition and in certain areas upheaval. Domestically, on one hand the 20th Party Congress is set to significantly alter the composition of the leadership around President Xi Jinping (who is widely expected to go on for a third term). On the other hand, on top of the overarching trend of an economic slow-down, the past year has seen a wide range of highly disruptive initiatives, from ‘Dual Circulation’ and China’s various pledges on decarbonisation to ‘Common Prosperity’.

The EU SME Centre and the European Chamber are thus pleased to invite you to join our next Policy Meeting, where Ms Dan Wang, Chief Economist at Hang Seng Bank, and Mr Damien Ma, Managing Director of MacroPolo, will provide their perspectives on the outcomes of the Two Sessions. The meeting will take place on Friday, 18 March from 09:00 to 10:30 (Beijing Time) online via Zoom.


09:00-09:05 Opening Remarks

09:05-09:55 Presentation by Ms Dan Wang and Mr Damien Ma

09:55-10:30 Discussion and Q&A

Meeting Registration

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 (susana.xu@eusmecentre.org.cn) with subject line before Thursday, 17 March COB. You will receive a confirmation email and later on the access link to the meeting.

About the speakers

Dan Wang

Dan Wang is chief economist at Hang Seng Bank China, based in Shanghai. Dan was previously an analyst at the EIU and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Washington. Her postdoc was with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She’s regularly quoted in international and state media and write columns for FT China and Caixin.

Dan joined The EIU in 2015. She has published on a wide range of topics since then. She is the main writer for several special reports including China Consumer 2030 and China’s Emerging City Rankings. She is also one of the authors of the Belt and Road Quarterly report available to EIU clients. Besides, she has acted as a consultant on commissioned policy studies, topics ranging from fiscal reform, energy to climate change.

Dan is a regular commentator in international media (CNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, CGTN). She often presents at conferences and has been invited to share perspectives on China with senior corporate executives, academics and diplomatic officials. She has also been speaker, panelist and moderator for events inside and outside The EIU.

Dan holds a PhD in economics from University of Washington. Before joining the EIU she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an economist. She led national surveys to evaluate agricultural policies and the National Clean-Water projects, and has collaborated with the World Bank and the UN on inclusive growth and food security issues. Dan holds a BE in International Economics and BA in law from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Damien Ma

Damien Ma is Managing Director and co-founder of MacroPolo, the Think Tank of the Paulson Institute. He is the author or editor of the books, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade, The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun), and China’s Economic Arrival: Decoding a Disruptive Rise, published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is also adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Previously, Ma was a Senior Analyst at Eurasia Group, the political risk research and advisory firm. At EG, he mainly focused on the China and East Asian markets, covering areas that spanned energy and commodities and industrial policy to elite politics and US-China relations. He also led work on analyzing Mongolian politics and its mining sector. His advisory and analytical work served a range of clients from institutional investors and multinationals to the US, Japanese, and Singaporean governments.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, he was a manager of publications at the US-China Business Council in Washington, DC, where he was also an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Early in his career, he worked at public relations firm H-Line Ogilvy in Beijing, where he served multinational clients.

In addition, Ma has published widely, including in The Atlantic, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg, among others. He has also appeared in a range of broadcast media such as the Charlie Rose Show, BBC, NPR, and CNBC. In addition to media appearances, Ma has keynoted or spoken at various industry, investor, and academic conferences, including CLSA and Credit Suisse Latin America.

Ma was named a “99under33” foreign policy leader by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

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