The year 2016 began with the volatility in Chinese stock market once again dominating headlines across the globe. Against this backdrop, many continue to debate and assess what slowing economic growth in China means for a global economy still struggling to recover from the financial crisis. Meanwhile, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, China has been undergoing challenging economic reforms, whilst establishing the AIIB and the Silk Road Fund under the "One Belt, One Road" development initiative. China's campaigning for Renminbi internationalisation has also yielded the accession of RMB to the IMF SDR basket as 2016 concludes.
What developments can we foresee in China's financial and economic activities in 2016 and the near future? What are the implications of these events on the economic influence of China?
We are delighted to be joined by: (in alphabetic order)
Agatha Kratz, Associate Fellow, Asia & China Programme at European Council on Foreign Relations and Editor-in-Chief, China Analysis
Agatha Kratz is a Policy Fellow within the European Council on Foreign Relations' (ECFR) Asia & China Program, working on China's economic policies, outward investments and reform process. She has co-authored several articles with François Godement, on the subject of Chinese investment in Europe and economic relations between China and Europe. She is the Editor-in-Chief of China Analysis, ECFR's quarterly publication on China's current affairs. She is also a PhD candidate at King's College London's Lau China Institute, working on China's SOE reforms.
Before joining the ECFR, she was a Research Fellow at Asia Center in Paris, and had also completed a six-month course for the Rhodium Group in New York on the subject of industrial subsidies to Chinese enterprises, including solar panels and energy industries sector.
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James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times and Chairman, FT Confidential
James is Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times, and Chairman of FT Confidential Research, having worked as Principal from its founding in 2008 until 2014. He has considerable experience of Asia, having been based in China for 16 years, as well as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia during a career as a researcher, journalist and executive since 1985. From 2005 to 2008, he headed up the Pearson Group of companies' business operations in China. He was also President of FTChinese.com, the FT's Chinese-language website. His prize-winning book China Shakes the World was an international bestseller, and was translated into 19 languages.
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Jonathan Fenby, co-founder and China Director, Trusted Sources
Jonathan is a co-founder and China Director of the emerging markets research service, Trusted Sources, serving global financial institutions and companies. He has a wealth of experience as a writer and commentator on China since going to Hong Kong to edit the South China Morning Post in the late 90s. He was previously chief correspondent in France for both Reuters and The Economist, Assistant Editor of The Independent, Deputy Editor of the Guardian and Editor of the Observer. He holds associate posts at the LSE, SOAS and Chatham House, and is a board member of China Dialogue. Eight of his books are on China, most recently Will China Dominate the 21st Century?, and his History of Modern China was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist and the Financial Times. He is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight of both the French Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour.
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