Category: Podcast Episodes

Episode 18: The Journey to China

The Journey to China

In this two-year anniversary episode, we revisit what it is like to travel to China during the pandemic, having also focussed on this topic in the inaugural China Dispatches episode in September 2020. Hear from European Chamber insiders, States’ Representative Peter Ling-Vannerus, and staff members Robbie Jarvis, policy and communications manager, and Charlotte Svensson, policy and communications coordinator, as they discuss their individual experiences and the challenges they faced when trying to come or return to China in the past few weeks. Before the discussion begins, our host Gao Rui, senior marketing manager at the European Chamber, recaps the latest updates to Chinese policies relating to travelling to China from Europe. Robbie also gives a preview of the Chamber’s European Business in China Position Paper 2022/2023, which will be launched on 21st September.

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Episode 17: Outcomes from the EU-China HED

Outcomes from the EU-China HED

In this episode, our host Ester Cañada Amela, senior business manager for European affairs at the European Chamber, sat down with Jörg Wuttke, president of the European Chamber. They discussed the outcomes of the recent European Union (EU)-China High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED) on 19th July, as well as what to expect from EU-China relations going forward.

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Episode 16: Can carbon neutrality be achieved on time?

Can carbon neutrality be achieved on time?

In this episode, our host Carl Hayward, general manager of European Chamber Beijing Office, is joined by Jet Chang, vice chair of the European Chamber’s Environment Working Group, vice president for Circular Economy Business Development, Tomra Group; Dr Bradley Morrison, senior vice president, Operations and Site Management Greater China, BASF; and Cui Lin, Sustainability and Environment National Representative, Airbus, to discuss decarbonisation strategies and the challenges that lie ahead on the path towards carbon neutrality.

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Episode 15: Communicating with HQ

Communicating with HQ

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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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

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.

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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.