Reviewing the Political and Economic Outcomes from the China Two Sessions

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Reviewing the Political and Economic Outcomes from the China Two Sessions

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This event has been postponed from 10 April to 24 April due to speaker availability. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


The 2018 Annual Sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (Two Sessions) held in March saw a myriad of political and economic outcomes; from the removal of the two-term limit on the presidency, the ratification of a law to set up a new powerful anti-corruption agency, the strengthened role of China’s environmental watchdog, and signs China will open more of its economy to foreign investors. What does this mean for business and what can be expected in the coming year?

To discuss these and other issues Alicia García Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis, and Dr Tim Summers Senior Consulting Fellow (Asia), Chatham House will review the economic and political outcomes from the Two Sessions.


About the speakers

Alicia García Herrero is the Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis. She also serves as Senior Fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL and Research Fellow at Real Instituto Elcano, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Finally, Alicia is advisor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s research arm (HKIMR) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as well as a member of the board of the Hong Kong Forum.

In previous years, Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander, and Economist at the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Alicia has always combines his professional carrier with academia, having served as visiting Professor for John Hopkins University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and Carlos III University in Madrid.

Tim Summers is based in Hong Kong, where he works on China’s politics, political economy, and international relations. In addition to his role as a senior consulting fellow on the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, Tim is adjunct assistant professor at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tim has presented at numerous academic and policy research conferences, spoken on developments in China to corporates and at investment conferences, given evidence to the British parliament’s foreign affairs committee, been interviewed by Bloomberg, CNBC, the BBC and Sky News, and published numerous media commentaries. Prior to taking his PhD, Tim was a British diplomat for 13 years, including a posting as consul-general in Chongqing from 2004 to 2007, and work in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001. He speaks both Cantonese and Putonghua.

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Reviewing the Political and Economic Outcomes from the China Two Sessions

Tue, April 24, 2018
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Alicia García Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific, Natixis and Senior Research Fellow, Bruegel


Dr. Tim Summers, Senior Consulting Fellow (Asia), Chatham House 

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