China Dispatches: The European Chamber Podcast

The official podcast of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Sharing on-the-ground insights from European business leaders and experts. Listen in for open discussions about China on current events, policy updates and the experiences of those doing business across the country.

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Episode 15: Communicating with HQ

Communicating with HQ

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In this episode, our host Ziting Zhang, head of government affairs at the European Chamber, is joined by Jörg Wuttke, president of the European Chamber, and Alex Roberts, counsel at Linklaters, to discuss difficulties China-based branches face when interacting with European headquarters, and provide suggestions on how to increase mutual understanding.

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[External] Jörg Wuttke’s China Experience

President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China Jörg Wuttke is invited to join “Bridging the gap” podcast to talk about his past 40 years experience of working in China and the work of the European Chamber. This episode is produced by Mats HINRICHSEN and Philip FISCHER from Peking University.

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Episode 14: Preparing SMEs for China

Preparing SMEs for China

In this episode our host Adam Dunnett, secretary general of the European Chamber, sits down with guest speakers Renzo Isler, director of the EU SME Centre, Helika Jurgenson, project manager at the China IP SME Helpdesk, and Ester Canada Amela, advocacy manager at the EU SME Centre. They discuss China’s business environment for SMEs, and propose recommendations both for those that are looking to invest in China and those already operating here.

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Episode 13: Common Prosperity, a buzzword for 2022

Common Prosperity, a buzzword for 2022

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In this episode, our host Ziting Zhang, head of government affairs of the European Chamber, is joined by Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Chamber, and Dr Guo Peiyuan, general manager and founder of SynTao, to discuss a buzzword for 2022, common prosperity.

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Episode 12: Position Paper and China’s 14th Five-year Plan

Position Paper and China’s 14th Five-year Plan

In this episode, we sit down with Jörg Wuttke, president of the European Chamber, Caroline Chen, chair of the Information and Communication Technology Working Group, and Xu Zhonghua, chair of the Energy Working Group, to look at the recently released European Business in China Position Paper 2021/2022 – the Chamber’s annual flagship report, and discuss the potential impact of China’s 14th Five-year Plan on European businesses.

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Episode 11: Business Confidence Survey 2021

Business Confidence Survey 2021

In this episode, Charlotte Roule, board member of the European Chamber, introduces the European Business in China Business Confidence Survey 2021. She reviews the results on a range of topics, including financial performance, COVID-19 travel restrictions, supply chain adjustments, the politicisation of business, long-standing market access and level-playing field challenges, carbon neutrality, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). To download the full report, please click here.

Episode 10: Looking back and forwards with President Wuttke

Looking back and forwards

In this episode, Joerg Wuttke reviews his last two years as president and shares his plan for the next two-year term. He starts with the founding history of the European Chamber back in late ‘90s, shares some recent advocacy success stories before moving on to the Chamber’s three pillars: Advocacy, Business intelligence and Community.

Download the Annual Report and Working Group Report to read more about the Chamber’s work in 2020.

Note: This episode was recorded before the new Executive Committee had been elected at the Chamber’s AGM.

Episode 9: On the Ground: The Continuous Boom of South China

On the Ground: The Continuous Boom of South China

In this episode, our South China Chapter colleague, government affairs manager Peter Drucker, sat down with Klaus Zenkel, newly elected chair of the South China Chapter, to discuss the local business environment in South China, expectations of the Greater Bay Area, and his work plan as chair of the South China chapter for the next two years.

Episode 8: Rat out, Ox in

In this episode, four European Chamber colleagues —Beijing General Manager Carl Hayward, Beijing Head of Government Affairs Ziting Zhang, Senior Policy and Communications Manager Jacob Gunter and Business Manager of European Affairs Ester Canada Amela—sit down at the end of the Year of the Rat to discuss the most overhyped, the most under-appreciated and the most surprising things of the year, and look forward to things we should keep our eyes on in the Year of the Ox.

Note: One of the topics discussed in this podcast is the European Commission’s new trade policy, which had not been released at the time of recording.

Decoupling Report Series – Main Findings

Decoupling Report Main Findings

On 14th January 2021, the European Chamber, in partnership with MERICS, released a major report, Decoupling: Severed Ties and Patchwork Globalisation, which measures the costs of decoupling for businesses operating in China. In this podcast, Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and Mikko Huotari, MERICS Executive Director, introduce the main findings of the report.

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