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YPFP London and Clifford Chance LLP “China: Changing of the Guard”

April 12, 2012 07:00 pm


Clifford Chance LLP
Canary Wharf
E14 5JJ London
United Kingdom


"Any trivial matter multiplied by 1.3 billion will become a big problem; any astronomical figure divided by 1.3 billion will become a tiny number."

- Wen Jiabao


When: Thursday 12th April, 7.00pm to 8.30pm followed by a drinks and canapés reception

Where: Clifford Chance LLP, Canary Wharf, London E14 5JJ


**This event is now at capacity**


Event in brief:

While Europe enters into recession and the US looks inwards as presidential hopefuls contend for economy-minded votes this year, China is set to undergo a leadership transition of its own. Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao will step aside as president and premier respectively in late 2012 and early 2013, to be replaced by a new generation of rising leaders at the 18th Party Congress in Beijing.

The distinguished panel will review this leadership change within the wider context, addressing regional stability—in light of China's ongoing dispute with regional powers over territorial claims in the South China Sea—as well as prospects for relations with the West. The panel will also discuss the implications of China taking up the mantle of global hegemon in the years ahead, with its economy set to surpass that of the US by the end of the decade.

Join YPFP London for our inaugural China event, generously hosted by Clifford Chance. A lively Q&A will follow what promises to be a topical and interesting debate, and a drinks and canapés reception will take place after the discussion.



Kerry Brown is the Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House. He is a frequent commentator on China and East Asia in the media, including for The Guardian and the BBC. His article on China's heir-apparent, "The Insider: Meet Xi Jinping" appeared in Foreign Policy in February 2012, and this month will see the publication of his political biography on the Chinese president, Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler (Chatham House).


Jonathan Fenby is a co-founder of the Trusted Sources consultancy, where he also heads the China country team. Jonathan has a wealth of experience as a writer and commentator on Chinese political, economic and social affairs. He was formerly editor of The South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service as well as a senior correspondent for The Economist. He is the author of five books on China, most recently a History of Modern China for Penguin Press and Harper Collins which was chosen as one of the books of the year for 2008 by The Economist and Financial Times. He broadcasts frequently on CNBC, BBC and Bloomberg, among other broadcast media, and lectures on contemporary China in the UK, US, Europe and East Asia. 

Lise Bertelsen is a adviser at the China- British Business Council (CBBC). With more than 15 years’ experience in the China market, Lise Bertelsen has worked with a wide variety of companies, organisations and government departments within a broad range of sectors, both in China and the UK. Located in CBBC’s London office, Lise advises companies of all sectors throughout London and the South East, but has a particular focus on Low Carbon, Environment and Water. 

Lise graduated from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a BA Honours Degree in Chinese.

Duncan Innes-Ker is a Senior Editor/Economist, Asia at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Duncan has over a decade of experience in China, and joined the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2005, having worked previously with KPMG in Beijing. He is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Unit's flagship China product, the China Country Report, and for producing the EIU's economic forecasts for China. He writes a regular monthly column in the EIU's Business China newsletter analysing the implications for business of current events in the country, and has contributed in-depth studies on issues such as China's labour market and environmental policies. Duncan is a frequent commentator for news services such as the BBC World Service and Bloomberg.


**This event is now at capacity**

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