What Next For China? 19th Congress of the CPC Begins

The 19th Congress of the CPC has opened in Beijing with Xi Jinping giving a 3’23” speech to the assembly during which he outlined his view of the current situation and set the agenda for the coming five years.

The coming week is a key period for anyone interested in understanding the current and future dynamics of the ruling group within the Party and therefore the state. Not only will we see the new Politburo probably on October 25, but we will be introduced to the  new thinking and policies which will be central to Xi and China’s next five years.

Xi stated:

The Chinese nation … has stood up, grown rich, and become strong – and it now embraces the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation … It will be an era that sees China moving closer to centre stage and making greater contributions to mankind.” (Guardian)

Currently, conditions domestically and abroad are undergoing deep and complicated changes…Our country is in an important period of strategic opportunity in its development…The outlook is extremely bright; the challenges are also extremely grim.” (NYT)

“The party resolutely opposes all attempts that will weaken, distort or reject the leadership of the party and the implementation of socialism” (South China Morning Post)

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Want to know more?

Join us on 11 December in Basel for our evening event hosted by the Swiss SME Research Centre China in association with Vischer

Where guest including Minister-Counselor Mr Hui GU from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland, Elisabeth Tester, China Intelligence and former China Correspondent for “Finanz und Wirtschaft”, Fiona Gao Attorney at Law from Vischer and Gabriel Schweizer from BaselArea as well as Michael Jeive and Stephan Jüngling from the FHNW will discuss the outcomes and implications of the Congress both for China and the international arena.

What Next for China? Lessons from the 19th Party Congress

The 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is due to take place on 18 October 2017. China’s development model which merges state-directed and market-led economic policies means that understanding the outcomes of the Congress is especially important. As China’s growing importance in the global economy, international politics as well as global trade and diplomacy continues to rise, the outcomes of the Congress will have influence far beyond the borders of China.

In Switzerland, Chinese investment, most notably Syngenta, but also in a range of other industries including airport services, watches, energy, tourism and metals is evidence of China’s increasing global economic engagement and influence.

The event will bring together China-watchers to investigate and discuss the key lessons learnt from the Congress, reflect on their impacts both internationally and directly relating to Switzerland.

Themes Speakers
Key Outcomes of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China Michael Jeive
FHNW Swiss SME Research Centre China
Economic Policy Impacts of the Congress Minister-Counselor Mr Hui GU
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland in an interview with
Elisabeth Tester, China Intelligence
Policy Impacts of the Congress Fiona Gao
Attorney at Law, Vischer AG
Belt and Road Initiative – China’s Key International Trade and Diplomacy Policy Dr. Stephan Jüngling
Lecturer FHNW School of Business
Impacts on Sino-Swiss Business and Investment Gabriel Schweizer
Senior China Expert, BaselArea.swiss
Panel discussion

  • Impacts on Sino-Swiss economic relations
  • Impacts for Swiss Business
All speakers plus audience discussion

See our full list of workshops and seminars here https://web.fhnw.ch/plattformen/ssrcc/china-insights

 

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