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Sixth China Inbound-Outbound Forum (2019)

2019-11-02 (Beijing)

The annual China Inbound-Outbound Forum was established in 2014 amidst rapid growth of the “go global” movement of Chinese enterprises. Focusing on the modes, trends and issues of Chinese firms’ global expansion, the forum was designed as a policy communication platform for leading experts in Chinese outbound direct investment (ODI) at home and abroad. This includes business elites, corporate executives, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) officials, policy advisors, commerce diplomats, experts and professionals.

The Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the most influential non-governmental think tank in China, has successfully led the organization of this annual conference since 2014. CCG specializes in policy-oriented studies of Chinese companies “going global” and publishes the annual Bluebook on the Globalization of Chinese Enterprises with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press. For five consecutive years, the annual conference has been hailed as one of the most popular and influential forums in China. Each year, the forum drew an average audience of 300 and considerable nationwide media attention, especially from top outlets such as CCTV.

2019 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. As the country continues to rise as a global power, its external trade and investment relations are overshadowed by the ongoing trade dispute with the United States and a subdued global growth outlook. To offset economic headwinds stemming from the trade war and domestic structural shifts, the Chinese leadership has doubled down on efforts to liberalize its economy, attaching great importance to inbound FDI.

This year, the China Inbound- outbound Forum will highlight impacts of the US-China trade war on China’s business environment as well as responses. Discussions at the forum will tap into the perspectives and experiences of key players from FDI-related sectors, academics and regulators to shed light on doing business in China. Concerns, opinions and policy suggestions from the forum will be used as the basis for a post-conference report providing policy recommendations for the Chinese government.

Key Theme of the 2019 Forum

In a year that marked both the 40th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic relations as well as escalating trade tensions, this year’s forum will focus on the implications for domestic and foreign firms of US tariffs and the potential for “decoupling” between the two economies. Participants will explore forward-looking, strategic pathways for Chinese and multinational businesses to mitigate adverse impacts and advance proposals for the Chinese government to promote and manage capital flows.

The forum will also focus on measures enacted by the Chinese government to improve the business environment, most notably the fast-tracking of the Foreign Investment Law. Panels, workshops, and exclusive meetings will feature representatives from MOFCOM and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) briefing participants on the latest legislative developments and providing insights on the upcoming process of formulating the 14th Five-year Plan.

In addition, the forum will cover a wide range of topics concerning trade and investment, such as the multilateral trading system modernization agenda, new developments in global value chains, business opportunities afforded by the Belt and Road Initiative, foreign investment in China, investment destinations in emerging markets, the prospects of regional economic cooperation, and other corporate issues related to financing, marketing, talent acquisition, and compliance.


Saturday Nov. 2

14:00 – 15:00      Plenary session 1 (US-China business forum): Preparing for a protracted US-China trade war: new pathways for business success

15:00 – 16:00      Plenary session 2 (Multinational corporations forum): Implementing China’s Foreign Investment Law: issues and opportunities for multinational corporations

16:00 – 16:30      Coffee break/networking

16:30 – 17:30 Plenary session 3 (CEO forum): Competing for global success in an era of changing globalization: business environment and corporate strategy

17:30 – 18:30      Welcome cocktails/networking

18:30 – 19:30      Opening session

19:30 – 21:00      Welcome dinner

Sunday Nov. 3

09:00 – 10:00      Plenary session 4:Emerging commercial opportunities along the Belt and Road

10:00 – 10:30      Coffee break/networking

10:30 – 11:30      Breakout session 1: Reinvigorating global and regional trade: prospects of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation under WTO, CPTPP, and RCEP

10:30 – 11:30      Breakout session 2: Chasing world markets: corporate solutions to shifting global value chains

12:00 – 13:30      Lunch session: Betting on the 400-800 million middle class: business opportunities from consumption upgrade in China

14:00 – 15:00      Breakout session 3: A new era of China-Europe two-way trade and investment

14:00 – 15:00      Breakout session 4: Growing China-ASEAN ties: investment destinations in Southeast Asia

15:00 – 16:00      Coffee break/networking

15:00 – 16:00 Breakout session 5: Winning the trade war or the tech race: Strategy of technology acquisition for Chinese companies

15:00 – 16:00      Breakout session 6: Africa and Latin America: new frontiers for Chinese outbound investment

16:30 – 17:30      Breakout session 7: Challenges and solutions in global talent acquisition

16:30 – 17:30      Breakout session 8: Managing increased demand for global compliance in the context of great power competition

17:30 – 18:00      Concluding session

18:00 – 19:00      Cocktails/networking

19:00 – 20:30      Private session (By invitation only)

Invited Speakers/Panelists/Guests:

(TBC, In alphabetical order by surname)

Sir Danny Alexander Vice President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

José Luis Bernal Ambassador of Mexico to China

H.E. Edward Boateng Ambassador of Ghana to China

Markus Borchert President of Nokia Greater China and CEO of Nokia Shanghai

H.E. Signe Brudeset Ambassador of Norway to China

Cao Dewang Chairman and President, Fuyao Group, CCG Senior Vice Chair

Hon. Cao Degan President, Heren Charitable Foundation; Former Deputy Governor of Fujian Province

H.E. Nicolas Chapuis Ambassador of the European Union to China

Hon. Chen Deming Former Minster of Commerce; President of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment; CCG Honorary Chairman

Hon. Chen Jian Former Vice Minister of Commerce, CCG Advisor

Chen Jianghe (Sukanto Tanoto) Chairman of Royal Golden Eagle Group, Founder of Tanoto Foundation

Chen Linlong Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Branch, China Everbright Bank

Chen Ning Founder and CEO of Shenzhen Intellifusion Technology Co. Ltd; CCG Executive Council Member

Chen Qihua Vice President of Caterpillar Global and Chairman of Caterpillar (China) Investment

Chen Wenling Chief economist of China Center for International Economic Exchanges; CCG Expert Advisor

Chen Wenyuan President and CEO, Walmart China

Chen Zhiwu Director of the Asia Global Institute (AGI), Hong Kong University; CCG Expert Advisor

Hon. Chong Quan Former Vice Minister of Commerce; Chair of China Society for WTO Studies

Nick Coyle CEO, AustCham China

Cui Fan Professor at the School of Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics; CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow

Cui Mingmo President of China Association of International Economic Cooperation

Deng Feng Managing Director, Northern Light Venture Capital

H.E. Rafael Dezcallar Ambassador of Spain to China

Ding Liguo CEO and Executive Chairman of Delong Holdings

Dong Mingzhu Chairman, Gree Electric

Dong Zengjun CEO of CST Biological Reagents Company Asia Pacific and General Manager of CST China; CCG Executive Council Member

Pierre Dorbes Head of Regional Delegation for East Asia, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Fang Fang Partner of Waterwood Investment Holdings, CCG Vice Chair

Paul Fang Chairman and President, Midea Group

H.E. Clare Fearnley Ambassador of New Zealand to China

Giuseppe Fedele Deputy Head of Mission at Italian Embassy in Beijing

H.E. Graham Fletcher Ambassador of Australia to China

Benjamin Fok Chun-yue Director of Fok Ying Tung Foundation, CCG Senior Vice Chair

Noah Fraser Managing Director, Canada China Business Council

Fu Chengyu Former Chairman of SINOPEC; CCG Advisor

Allan Gabor President, Merck China

Gao Yanding CEO and Founder of Yanding US-China; CCG Executive Council Member

Gao Zhendong President of Positec Group; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Isabel Ge Mahe Vice president of Apple Inc and Managing Director of Apple Inc. Greater China

Jochen Goller President and CEO, BMW Group Region China

Guan Xin Founder and Chairman, Kuan Capital; CCG Vice-Chair

Guo Guangchang Chairman, Fosun International

Guo Sheng Chairman of Zhaopin Group, China; CCG Executive Council Member

David Harmon Vice-President for Global Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies

Linda He Mei Chairwoman and President, Wailian Overseas Consulting Group; Deputy Director of CCG Migration Research Center, CCG Vice Chair

He Ning Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of America and Oceania, Former Minister of Commercial Affairs at the Chinese Embassy to the United States; CCG Senior Fellow

Hon. He Yafei Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs; Former Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council; CCG Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Merle A. Hinrich Founder and Chairman, Hinrich Foundation

H.E. IIDA Hirobumi Minister of Commercial Affairs at Japanese Embassy in China

H.E. Luis Diego Monsalve Hoyos Ambassador of Colombia to China

Hua Xinghong Managing Director and Head of China of Cerberus Capital Management; CCG Executive Council Member

Huang Guobing Managing Director and CEO, JPMorgan Chase Global International Investment Bank; CCG Hong Kong Council Executive Member

Huo Jianguo Former President of Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation; CCG Senior Fellow

Marvin Hung Ming-Kei CEO, Hop Hing Group; CCG Senior Vice Chair

H.E. Jang Ha-sung Ambassador of Korea to China

Kenneth Jarrett Senior Advisor, Albright-Stonebridge Group; Former President of AmCham Shanghai

Ji Hongbo Country representative for The Asia Foundation in China

Jason Jiang Nanchun Founder, Chairman and CEO of Focus Media

Jiang Shan Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of American and Oceanian Affairs; CCG Senior Fellow

Jiang Weiming Vice President of DSM; President of DSM China

Jiang Xipei Founder and Chairman, Far East Holding Group Co., Ltd.; CCG Vice Chair

Jin Canrong Associate Dean of School of International Studies, Renmin University of China; CCG Expert Advisor

Hirasawa Jun President, Marubeni (China) Corporation

Datuk Kang Hua Keong National President of SME Association of Malaysia

Alan Lan President, Twitter Greater China

Antony Leung Kam-Chung Former Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; CEO, Nan Fung Group; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Li Daokui Director of the Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE), Tsinghua University; CCG Expert Advisor

Li Dongsheng Chairman of the Board of TCL Group

Li Jiping Executive Vice President of China Association for the Promotion of Development Financing (CAPDF); Former Vice President of National Development Bank; CCG Advisor

Robin Li Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Baidu, Inc; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Howard Li Xuehai Chairman of Waitex Group; Co-Chairman of Committee of 100 Greater China; CCG Vice Chair

Liang Jianzhang Co-Founder and CEO, Ctrip; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Liang Wengen Chairman, SANY Group

Lim Yoke Loon President,Dow Chemical for Greater China Region

Liu De Co-Founder and Vice President, Xiaomi

Liu Minhua Deputy Director of Beijing Talent Work

Jean Liu Qing CEO, Didi Chuxing; CCG Executive Council Member

Liu Yonghao Chairman and President, New Hope Group; CCG Senior Vice Chair

H.E. Stanley Loh Ambassador of Singapore to China

Long Yongtu Former Vice Minister of MOFCOM and Former Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Asia; CCG Chairman

Lu Kejian Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of Asian Affairs; CCG Senior Fellow

Ma Jian Deputy China Representative, United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO)

Ma Weihua Former President of China Merchants Bank; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Clarence Mak President, Mars Chocolate China

Mao Daqing Founder and CEO of URwork; CCG Executive Council Member

Matt Margulies Vice President, China Operations, US-China Business Council (USCBC)

James McGregor Chairman, APCO China

Frank Meng Chairman, Qualcomm China

Alistair Michie Secretary General of British East Asia Council; CCG International Council Member

Amit Midha President of Asia Pacific and Japan, Dell EMC

Mi Wenjuan Founder and CEO, VIPKID; CCG Executive Council Member

Min Hao Founder and Chairman of Nanjing Easthouse Electrical; CCG Executive Council Member

St. John Moore Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce

Martin Mueller Vice President of SwissCham China

Matthew Murray Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy in Beijing

H.E. Eoin O'Leary Ambassador of Ireland to China

Djauhari Oratmangun Ambassador of Indonesia to China

Pang Xinxing President, StarTimes Group

Philippe Pellegrin Senior Country Officer of Crédit Agricole CIB China

Qi Bin Executive Vice President of China Investment Corporation

Qiao Jian Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group

Rashid Aleem Qureshi Chairman and CEO of Nestle Greater China region

H.E. Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos Ambassador of Cuba to China

H.E. Bernardino Regazzoni     Ambassador of Switzerland to China

Johannes Regenbrecht Minister at the German Embassy in China

Margaret Ren Managing Director and China Country Chair of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CCG Vice Chair

H.E. Nicholas Rosellini UN Resident Coordinator in China

Bill Russo Founder and CEO of Automobility

H.E. Luis Schmidt Ambassador of Chile to China

Jeongmin Seong Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute

Madhav Sharma Chief Representative and Head of Greater China of Confederation of Indian Industry

Shen Feng Vice President, Nio Inc.

Shen Jianguang Vice President and Chief Economist of JD Finance, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow

Niel Shen Nanpeng Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Irena Skardziuviene Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Lithuania in China

Song Zhiping Chairman of China National Building Materials Group

H.E. Friedrich Stift Ambassador of Austria to China

Tim Stratford Chairman of AmCham China

Sun Jie Former President of Asset Management Association of China, CCG Senior Fellow

Sun Yongfu Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of Europe; CCG Senior Fellow

H.E. Jarno Syrjälä Ambassador of Finland to China

Tang Haoxuan Chairman of FUETA; CCG Executive Council Member

Teo Kiang Heong President, Phillips Morris China

Hubertus Troska Chairman, Daimler Greater China

Tu Xinquan Professor and Dean of China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE); CCG Senior Fellow

Inguna Viksne Deputy Head of Latvia Embassy in China

Wang Guangfa Chairman of Fazheng Group, CCG Senior Vice Chair

Wang Hongbin Greater China President of Euromoney Institutional Investor

Wang Huiyao President of CCG, Vice President of China Association for International Economic Cooperation (CAFIEC)

Wang Junfeng Global Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons, CCG Senior Vice Chair

Wang Linda Chairwoman of Yihai Property Holdings Limited; CCG Vice Chair

Wang Shi Founder and Honorary Chairman of China Vanke; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Wang Wurong Vice President, Tencent

Wang Xing Founder and CEO of Meituan.com

Wang Yong Professor of International Political Economy at Peking University

Wang Zhi Overseas Dean and Professor of Research Institute for Global Value Chains, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow

Hon. Wei Jianguo Former Vice Minister of Commerce; Vice President of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE); CCG Advisor

Wen Gang Chairman, China Communications Construction

Belinda Wong CEO, Starbucks China

Annie Wu Suk-Ching Honorary Chairman, Beijing Air Catering Company Limited; General Manager, Hong Kong World Trade Center; Vice-Chair, All-China Federation of Indstry and Commerce

Joerg Wuttke President of EU Chamber of Commerce in China

Xu Jinghong Chairman of Zhongguancun Longmen Investment, President of Asia America Multi-technology Association; CCG Vice Chair

Xu Xiaoping Founder of Zhen Fund; Co-Founder of New Oriental Group; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Yan Qifa CEO of China-LAC Cooperation Fund

Yang Xiaoping President of BP China; Chairman of BP(China) Holdings Limited

Yang Yanqing Deputy Editor-in-Chief of YICAI Newspaper

Nuryante Mohd Yazid Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of Malaysia in China

Hasegawa Yuya Managing Director of Hong Kong(JETRO)

Yu Yong Chairman of HBIS Group; CCG Vice Chair

Yu Yongding Member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

William Zarit Senior Counselor of Cohen Group, Former Chairman of AmCham China

Zhan Hongyu President, Tata Group (China)

Zhang Baoquan Co-Chairman, Antaeus Group; CCG Vice Chair

Zhang Hongli Partner & Co-Chairman of Hopu Investments; Former Vice President of ICBC; CCG Vice Chair

Zhang Huarong Chairman & President, Huajian Group; CCG Vice Chair

Zhang Jianqiu Executive President of Yili Group

Zhang Jianwei President, Bombadier China; CCG Executive Council Member

Zhang Lei Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Hillhouse Capital Management Group; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Zhang Ligang President and CEO, iKang Healthcare Group; CCG Executive Council Member

Zhang Liping President of Blackstone Group in China; CCG Hong Kong Council Vice-Chair

Zhang Ruimin Chairman and CEO of Haier Group

Zhang Yichen Chairman and CEO of CITIC Capital; CCG Senior Vice Chair

Zhang Yiming Founder and CEO of ByteDance

Zhao Zhongxiu President of Shandong University of Finance and Economics

Zheng Li President of NXP China; Senior Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing for Greater China and SAPAC

Zhou Haijiang President, Hongdou Group

Zhou Yanli Former Vice Chairman of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, CCG Advisor

Zhu Guangyao Former Vice President of Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China; CCG Advisor

Zhu Min Chair of the National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University; Former Deputy Managing Director of the IMF; Former Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China; CCG Expert Advisor


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