China at the Crossroads: Economic Reforms in Light of Lianghui
2018-04-23  - Hong Kong



  • Time/Date: 12:30-2:00pm, March 22, 2017
  • Location: HKGCC Theater, 22/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong
  • Organizers: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC)


China at the Crossroads: Economic Reforms in Light of Lianghui

China, the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power, is at a crossroads where it needs to make several important decisions. How should China tackle its slowing economic growth? How can it resolve the issue of overcapacity with “supply-side structural reform”? What types of reforms are needed and how likely are they to be implemented? How should China balance economic growth with environmental protection? These are only some of the critical issues that the Chinese government will be addressing at the upcoming 2017 Lianghui, the annual meetings of China’s top legislative and consultative bodies – the People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and National People’s Congress (NPC).

As the landmark event approaches, CKGSB Professor of Economics Xu Chenggang—who was the recipient of the 2016 ‘China Economics Prize’—will shed light on the key economic challenges and reforms needed in China, against the backdrop of its political and social developments. Join us for this exclusive session that will better prepare you to make sense of the upcoming decisions from China.


12:30-13:00     Registration and light lunch
13:00-13:05     Introduction 
13:05-13:45     Presentation by Dr. Xu Chenggang, Professor of Economics, CKGSB
13:45-14:00     Q&A with Audience
14:00-14:30     Networking


  • Venue: HKGCC Theater, 22/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong
  • Language: English 
  • Cost: 180 HKD for HKGCC members, 380 HKD for non-members (free for accredited media members)
  • Registration: Online registration prior to the event must be made here. For questions, please email Wendy Chan at


Xu Chenggang

Professor of Economics, CKGSB

Xu Chenggang is Professor of Economics at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He is also a board member of the Ronald Coase Institute and a research fellow of the CEPR.

After receiving his PhD in Economics from Harvard in 1991), he taught at the London School of Economics (1991-2009) as a Reader; at University of Hong Kong (2009-2016) as Chung Hon-Dak Professor in Economic Development and as Quoin Professor in Economic Development; Special-Term Visiting Professor at Tshinghua (2002-); taught/worked at Harvard (1992-2002), the IMF (1997-1999) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1982-1992).

Dr Xu was the President of the Asian Law and Economics Association (2010-2012) and World-Class University Professor at Seoul National University (2009-2013). He also won the Sun Yefang Economics Prize in 2013. He has served as co-editor for 3 major international and national journals in economics, finance and law-and-economics and as a member of editorial boards for more than a dozen major international and Chinese journals in economics, finance and law-and-economics.

He has dozens of publications in major journals, such as JEL, JPE, AER, RES, EER, etc.; chapters in more than a dozen books, and has published a book. He delivered invited speeches or keynotes at Econometric Society’s World Congress, International Economic Association (IEA) World Congress, IEA Round Tables, AEA Meetings, EEA Meetings, China Economic Annual Conference, Hong Kong Economic Association Biennial Conference, and CEI (Central European Initiative) Summit Economic Forum etc. He has been invited to provide policy advises by the Chinese State Council, Peoples Bank of China, the CASS, the UNDP, the EBRD, and the UK HM Treasury. He has served as consultants for the World Bank and the IMF. He has involved in Chinese reform debates since the 1980s.

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