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November’s APEC meeting was arguably the highlight of the Chinese calendar this year, with Beijing playing host to the world’s leaders. With international media also descending on the Chinese capital, AP reporter Joe McDonald spoke to CKGSB Professor of Economics Li Wei to get his thoughts on a proposed new free-trade deal among APEC countries in the face of resistance from the US.

Earlier this year, the Chinese government declared ‘war’ on pollution, and clearing the skies was also on the agenda at the Third Plenum held earlier this fall. Bloomberg Brief recently featured analysis on the issue by Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at CKGSB, Anthony Liu, who specializes in environmental economics.

Accurate, reliable and timely data is something of a holy grail when it comes to analyzing China’s economy, but it’s also essential to see what is happening in the world’s largest country – and to see where reform is most needed. Billed as the first micro-level company study of its kind in China, CKGSB Finance Professor Gan Jie’s ground-breaking new quarterly survey shines a light on China’s industrial sector - and comes up with some surprising conclusions.

Since launching last year, the CKGSB Business Scholar Program (DBA) has quickly become one of the most prestigious courses at CKGSB, with a highly-influential group of senior executives coming together for a five-year degree program. 35 new students assembled in Beijing recently for the program’s second intake, where they met their new classmates and got their first taste of the journey ahead.

“Ghosts and goblins, brides and superheroes, pirates and ancient characters… these were just some of the outfits worn by the current MBA class at their recent Halloween party. Even a few of the school’s Professors were curious and popped in to check out the first CKGSB Halloween party, celebrating the end of summer, as the Celts did two thousand years ago.”

In a move that shows how highly regarded CKGSB’s faculty members are, Prof Chen Long is leaving the school to take up an exciting new role at Alibaba, where he will join former CKGSB Professor Zeng Ming and CKGSB alumnus Jack Ma.

Following the latest release of China’s GDP data, CKGSB Finance Professor Gan Jie spoke to the Wall Street Journal about China’s slowest rate of growth in five years, the housing sector and challenges facing the economy.  Her insights were featured both in a video interview as well as in the print edition.

To coincide with the recent Fourth Plenum gathering of senior leaders in Beijing, Professor of Economics at CKGSB Li Wei spoke to The Wall Street Journal’s Ramy Inocencio in a recent video interview, where they discussed the rule of law, the slowing economy in China and Prof Li’s opinion on relevant policies.

Prof. Li Haitao, Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of MBA Program at CKGSB, participated in the 2014 China Forum in Seoul, Korea, where he talked about the new wave of entrepreneurs who have been motivated by Alibaba’s success story. These businessmen, he said, will transform the Chinese economy, with an improved trade situation between Korea and China another beneficial consequence.

Prof. Liu Jing, CKGSB Associate Dean and Professor of Finance, emphasized the importance of the internationalization of the yuan, saying that it is essential for China to prosper as a global economic power, but cautioning that the full internationalization of the yuan is still a long way from happening due to political concerns.

At a Women’s Leadership Forum held in Beijing, China on October 31, Chosun Ilbo Interviewed the former anchor of China’s state-run CCTV Yang Lan, now the Chairperson of Sun Media Group. She said, “While 61% of women and 74% of men participate in economic activity in East Asia, many women quit their job because of parenting and other reasons, so that women account for less than 10% of company executives.”

As China’s largest trading partner, the EU’s fortunes are inextricably tied to those of China – and vice versa. In partnership with economic institute Asia Matters, CKGSB is set to host the EU China Economic and Finance Forum as part of the Sixth EU Asia Top Economist Round Table on November 17 in Beijing, featuring CKGSB Dean Xiang Bing and Professor Li Xiaoyang, as well as a cast of other business executives, policy makers and academics.

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