11th Jan. 2023: international travel resumed, December business activity data

This episode covers the resumption of international travel with comments from Tammy Qiu, vice chair of the European Chamber’s Aviation and Aerospace Working Group; border reopening between the Mainland and Hong Kong; and Caixin’s data on business activity in December. From the Chamber side, on 9th January, a delegation kicked off its first in-person European Tour in Brussels after three years of the pandemic.

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4th Jan. 2023: COVID management downgraded, December sectorial activity data, 2022 growth rate prediction

This episode covers China’s easing of its pandemic control measures; manufacturing and services activity data in December; and Rhodium Group’s prediction of China’s 2022 gross domestic product growth rate and 2023’s growth prospects. Join the Chamber’s national webinar on 9th January on US export controls and their impact on businesses.

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21st Dec. 2022: November economic activity, stabilising domestic demand, Central Economic Work Conference, development of modern logistics

This episode covers November’s manufacturing, retail and services data, and unemployment rate; the new guideline to stabilise domestic demand; outcomes of the Central Economic Work Conference; and a plan to promote the development of modern logistics by 2025. From the Chamber side, its Intellectual Property Rights Working Group submitted comments to the China National Intellectual Property Administration on the revised draft of the Patent Examination Guidelines.

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14th Dec. 2022: Measures to optimising COVID control, mRNA vaccines, price indices in November, “1+6” Roundtable

This episode covers measures to further optimise pandemic control and boost economic recovery, BioNTech’s mRNA vaccines to be permitted for German citizens residing in China, Chinese producer and consumer prices in November, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s meeting with six major international economic organisations during the 7th “1+6” Roundtable. In addition, the November/December 2022 edition of the European Chamber’s bimonthly magazine, EURObiz on diversity and inclusion, which is available to download here, is introduced.

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7th Dec. 2022: Michel’s visit, foreign trade data, expansion of GI list, Jiang Zemin’s passing

This episode covers the business implications of European Council President Charles Michel’s visit to China, November foreign trade data, the expansion of the Geographical Indications products from the EU, and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s passing. Join the Cybersecurity Conference online on 12th December to understand China’s regulatory developments in cybersecurity and data protection.

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30th Nov. 2022: COVID, November’s economic activity data, IMF on China’s economy, industrial profits data

This episode covers the European Chamber’s comments on the ’20 Measures’, which are aimed at optimising China’s COVID containment policy; data on Chinese manufacturing and services activity in November released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics; the International Monetary Fund’s annual examination of the state of China’s economy and predictions of economic growth; and industrial profits during the first ten months of 2022. In addition, the European Chamber will host its annual conference dedicated to China’s economic outlook on the 9th of December.

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23rd Nov. 2022: COVID flare-up in Beijing, employment measures, foreign investment data

This episode is recorded under unusual circumstance, with your hosts unable to access the European Chamber’s Beijing office although there is no confirmed case in the building.

This episode covers the COVID-19 flare-up in Beijing, with comments from Adam Dunnett, Secretary General of the European Chamber; measures to improve employment among fresh graduates released by the Ministry of Education; and data on China’s actual use of foreign investment in the first ten months of 2022. News from the Chamber includes participation in a high-level roundtable co-hosted by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and China News Service, where policies and measures related to the construction of China’s carbon market were introduced.

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Episode 20: Bridging the EU and China with Food

Bridging the EU and China with Food

In this episode, our host Ziting Zhang, the European Chamber’s head of government affairs, is joined by Damien Plan, agricultural counsellor at the European Union (EU) Delegation to China, to talk about the development of the landmark bilateral agreement on Geographical Indications between the EU and China, the introduction of cheese to the Chinese market, and bilateral trade on food.

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16th Nov. 2022: optimised COVID-19 control measures, inbound travel policy, first sectorial carbon peaking plan

This episode covers the updated inbound travel policy, based on the National Heath Commission’s recently released 20 measures to optimise China’s COVID-19 response as well as notices from Chinese embassies in several European countries; the on-the-ground situation for businesses in Beijing and Guangzhou due to COVID recent flare-ups, with comments from European Chamber Vice President and South China Chapter Chair Klaus Zenkel; and the first industry-specific carbon peaking plan, aimed at the building materials sector.

The European Chamber is currently collecting members’ comments on the draft National Social Credit System Law (details on how to participate here).

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9th Nov. 2022: German Chancellor’s visit, CIIE, October foreign trade data, policy incentives for private investment

This episode covers German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to China; the 5th China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, with comments from European Chamber Vice President and Shanghai Chapter Chair Bettina Schoen-Behanzin; China’s October foreign trade data; and China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s latest policy incentives for private investment. News from the Chamber includes high-level meetings with the new Ambassador-designate to the European Union and the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s International Department.

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