China’s Economic Reform and Growth Potential

February 23, 2018

As the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power slides into its slowest annual expansion in 24 years, China’s growth is being closely watched by everyone around the world. Join CKGSB Professor Li Wei and a select panel of distinguished guests to discuss the prospects for China’s economic outlook.

As China, the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power, slides into its slowest annual expansion in 24 years, the country’s growth is closely watched by everyone in China and around the world. With the significant drop of the RMB against the US dollar, the equity market bubble and rising debt levels, doubts and anxiety are rising around China’s economic development and its implications globally. How do Chinese firms and business leaders view the country’s economic situation? Are they positive about the prospects ahead? Do multinational companies share their sentiment?  

Drawing on CKGSB Professor Li Wei’s Business Confidence Index (BCI)—a unique index launched in 2011 that measures the business sentiment of Chinese executives about China’s macro-economic environment—and expertise from globally renowned economists, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) will host China Economic Symposium in Beijing at 11:30-14:30 on Monday, 21 September 2015, to shed light on the prospects of and confidence level in China’s economic outlook.


11:30-12:30Registration and Buffet Lunch
12:30-12:35Welcome Remarks
12:35-13:15Presentation by CKGSB Professor Li Wei and Q&A with Audience
13:15-14:05Panel Discussion on China’s Economic Reform and Growth Potential
Li Wei, Professor of Economics and Director of the Case Center, CKGSB
Gao Zhanjun, Managing Director, Citic Securities
Rob Koepp, Beijing Director, Economist Corporate Network
Moderated by:
Li Xin, Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal Chinese
14:05-14:25Q&A with Audience
14:25-14:30Closing Remarks 

Language: English and Chinese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Venue: Classroom 9-10, Oriental Plaza, Tower E2, 20/F, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, 1 East Chang An Ave., Beijing

Registration: Please RSVP to Candy Han at or by phone +86-10-8518-8858 ext. 3264

About the speakers:

Li Wei
Professor of Economics

Dr. Li Wei is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Case Center at CKGSB. He formerly served as a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Previously, he was a research associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Studies and taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Gao Zhanjun
Managing Director 
CITIC Securities

Mr. Gao is Managing Director at CITIC Securities Co., Ltd. Mr. Gao received his Ph.D. Degree in Economics and Postdoctoral Degree in Finance from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Joining CITIC Securities in 1997, Mr. Gao has held senior positions in Investment Banking Division, Capital Markets Department and Fixed Income Department. Mr. Gao has extensive experiences in providing financing services for large enterprises and financial institutions, including debt/equity origination and fixed income products sales, and also is well experienced in capital management. Mr. Gao has in-depth knowledge in macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy, capital markets, market participants behaviors and all kinds of financial products and derivatives.


Rob Koepp
Beijing  Director
Economist Corporate Network

Rob Koepp is the Beijing Director of the Economist Corporate Network. In this role, he provides senior executives of global organizations with insight and advice on the future of China’s development and role in the global economy.

Rob brings extensive hands-on managerial experience, coupled with economic analysis and industry insights. He began his career in the IT and energy sectors before branching into economic research, finance, and strategic advisory also covering the media, agribusiness, healthcare, FMCG, and sports sectors. He has held senior positions as a manager or consultant to companies and government agencies operating in the US, Singapore, Japan and China.

Rob has authored Clusters of Creativity: Enduring Lessons on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Silicon Valley and Europe’s Silicon Fen (Wiley, 2002) and Betting on China: Chinese Stocks, American Stock Markets, and the Wagers on a New Dynamic in Global Capitalism (Wiley, 2012). The 2013 Chinese version of Betting (赌注中国) rose to number one in sales on in the category of Finance and Economics.

Wei Jianing
Deputy Director-General, Macroeconomic Research Dept, Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC).

He graduated from Renmin University of China in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in national economic planning. From 1994 to 1997, he studied at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and received a PhD degree in economic structure comparison. From 1983 to 1985, he worked at the Scientific Research Management Bureau of CASS. From 1985 to 1988, he was assigned to work at the DRC as secretary to Dr. Sun Shangqing, former President of DRC. From 1988 to 1991, he worked as a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies of Japan External Trade Organization, the University of Tokyo and the Industrial Bank of Japan. From 1991 to 1998, he worked in the Macroeconomic Research Department of the DRC, taking posts as an associate research fellow, assistant to well-known Chinese economist Prof. Wu Jinglian and as Director of the Finance Research Office of the Macroeconomic Research Department. Since 1998, he has been the Deputy Director-General of the Macroeconomic Research Department of the DRC.



Li Xin
Managing Editor
Wall Street Journal Chinese

Li Xin is the managing editor of Chinese Wall Street Journal, heading the Chinese language operation of the prestigious U.S. media outlet, and editor of Chinese Dow Jones Newswire. Prior to that, she was the managing editor of Caixin – China Economics & Finance, an English-language monthly magazine, and Caixin Online at Caixin Media.

Li founded Caijing Magazine’s first bureau in the United States in 2006 as a correspondent of politics and economics. Li moved back to China in 2007 to head Caijing Magazine’s English website. Li was a documentary producer at China Central Television between 2001 and 2004.

Li Xin received a BA in English from Tsinghua University and an M.A. degree on journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia.

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