Category: Podcast Episodes

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.

Episode 7: Shanghai Internationalisation: Some Way to Go

Shanghai Internationalisation: Some Way to Go

In this episode, we sit down with European Chamber Vice President and Shanghai Chapter Chair Carlo D’Andrea and Shanghai Working Group and Communications Coordinator Rachel Rapaport to discuss the recently released Shanghai Position Paper. If you would like to download the report, please click here.

Episode 6: The Journey East

The Journey East

In this episode, hear from Chamber Vice President and Southwest Chapter Chair Paul Sives and Shanghai colleague Rachel Rapaport discussing their experiences of trying to return to China and quarantine under the ever-changing COVID-19 management systems in Chengdu and Shanghai.

Episode 5: Cybersecurity Matters

Cybersecurity Matters

In this episode, we look at China’s cybersecurity and data management framework, mainly the Cybersecurity Law, the draft Data Security Law and personal information protection; how they might impact European businesses operating in China, and the differences between Chinese and European approaches to cyber and data issues. Guest speakers Caroline Chen, vice chair of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, and Cindi Yu, coordinator of the ICT and Cybersecurity working groups join the discussion.

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Episode 4: The Policy ‘Bible’

The Policy ‘Bible’

In this episode, we sit down with Chamber President Joerg Wuttke to look at the recently released European Business in China Position Paper 2020/2021 – the Chamber’s annual flagship report. If you would like to download the publication, please click here.

Episode 3 EU-China: Straight Talk

EU-China: Straight Talk

In the third episode, we look into the top-level meeting between presidents Von der Leyen, Michel and Merkel and Chinese President Xi. Our head of European affairs, Ester Canada Amela joins to discuss the details of the meeting. Chamber President Joerg Wuttke then provides conclusions and what we can expect on the horizon.