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The Economist Intelligence Unit | Business in China 2015

  • Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre 555 Middle Xi Zang Road Shanghai (map)

Business in China 2015 and
The Economist Intelligence Unit China Forecast

Timed to coincide with the launch of The Economist’s first special report on business in China in over a decade, Business in China 2015 and The Economist Intelligence Unit China Forecast will examine how the rise of a dynamic private sector in China will reshape both the domestic economy and the world. Can China become an innovation powerhouse? This half-day event will be chaired by Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief, The Economist.  

Powerful policy and market trends are upending the way business is done in the Middle Kingdom. The economy is undergoing a major structural shift as China evolves from being the world’s factory to one of its most significant consumer markets. What will business in China look like in 2025?

An uncertain regulatory environment and greater competition from thriving local firms have led many to question whether the golden age for foreign multinationals in China is ending. But a more nuanced analysis suggests that we may be at the beginning of a new era of opportunity. For savvy investors prepared to spend time understanding China’s unique characteristics, the spoils will be great. With the world’s largest population and second-largest national economy, China is still seen as the ultimate prize by many multinational corporations (MNCs) looking to expand their global reach.

Chinese businesses are themselves at a promising juncture. A few world-beating e-commerce icons hint at what a dynamic force Chinese entrepreneurialism would be if the excesses of state capitalism could be tamed. Beijing seems to understand this: it has pledged to reform the large state-owned enterprises that dominate the economy. New financial products and finance-sector reforms could underpin a new phase of development.

Date
11 September 2015

Venue
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
555 Middle Xi Zang Road
Shanghai

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