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Briefing Titles

Seven Key Strategic Forces at Work

China's Digital “Phenom” – What Impacts Are Foreseeable?

Understanding China’s Global Impact

The Realities of Chinese Consumption

China’s Momentous Demographic Shift – Impacts on Workforce Planning

1H 2019 China Macroeconomic Environment Update and Outlook

The End of Strategic Patience: Dimensioning Intensifying Trade Conflicts

Creating Regulatory Space and Opportunity in the “New Era”

The New MNC Playbook For a Rapidly Changing China

Five Years of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Environmental Protection — One of China’s “Three Tough Battles”

Situation Assessment: Chinese Labor Markets in Flux

Assessing the 'New Era’ in US China Relations

 

Briefing Details and Key Insights

Seven Key Strategic Forces at Work
Jon Spector (CEO Emeritus) | Languages: English

Examining seven major forces at work that are affecting most businesses -- discussion of what keeps executives awake at night.

  • Aligning investment with global economic growth
  • Trends that exacerbate the war for talent
  • Preparing for millennials to become leaders of the corporation
  • The circular economy: strategies for sustainability business strategies
  • Digital transformation and the importance of culture versus technology
  • A realistic look at China’s growth
  • The connected consumer: where, how large, and how they behave differently

China's Digital “Phenom” – What Impacts Are Foreseeable?
David Hoffman | Languages: English

Dimensioning key digital sphere developments in China and their disruptive potential.

  • Contextualizing China’s digital frenzy
  • The unique features of China’s digital and innovation environment
  • Parsing the hype, from the real, from the (potentially) transformational
  • Where is the MNC play-space?

Understanding China’s Global Impact
Erik Lundh | Ethan Cramer-Flood | David Hoffman | Languages: English

What does “China Exposure” mean for global business?

  • China as a different kind of geo-economic actor
  • Intentional vs. consequential China exposures and transmission channels
  • China’s grand plans – BRI, Made in China 2025, OFDI, and more
  • Chinese characteristics abroad -- the good, the bad, the ugly
  • Upsides and downsides -- near-term and long-term

The Realities of Chinese Consumption
Yuan Gao | Siqi Zhou | Languages: English and Chinese

What is the current state of consumption growth in China?

  • Appraising the shift from investment- to consumption-led growth
  • Assessing the key drivers of and constraints on consumption
  • What do momentous demographic shifts mean for future consumption?
  • Where is consumption growth strongest: locations, dynamics and consumer segments?

China’s Momentous Demographic Shift – Impacts on Workforce Planning
Anke Schrader | Languages: English and German

From demographic dividend to demographic deficit – what does it mean for business?

  • Population, aging and gender impacts on workforce supply
  • Educational changes and access to talent
  • Government policy impacts on workforce supply – e.g. revisions to the one child policy
  • The impact of coming demographic changes on the consumption outlook

1H 2019 China Macroeconomic Environment Update and Outlook
Yuan Gao | Erik Lundh | Languages: English and Chinese

What are the key economic trends and policy issues for MNC businesses in 2019?

  • Growth driver assessments and sustainability questions
  • Impacts of the government’s “risk containment” policy stance
  • Key risk areas: real estate bubble, debt burdens, liquidity challenges, capital outflows, and the RMB value, etc.
  • HTrade conflict impacts on industry, exports and sentiment

The End of Strategic Patience: Dimensioning Intensifying Trade Conflicts
David Hoffman | Ethan Cramer-Flood | Language: English

Will the world change China, or will China change the world?

  • What are the causes of friction and their context?
  • What trade- and investment-related policy tools are the US and EU using, and what has it meant for business so far?
  • How has China responded and how is it likely to respond going forward?
  • What steps can MNCs take to mitigate trade-related policy exposure risks, and position for possible opportunities?

Creating Regulatory Space and Opportunity in the “New Era”
David Hoffman | Language: English

How MNCs can align with the “ideal outcomes” of the Chinese leadership to successfully finesse the control environment and create growth opportunities and regulatory space in the “New Era.”

  • Dimensioning China’s control environment
  • What’s changed in regulator behavior in the new, Xi Jinping era?
  • Grandiosity traps and their consequences
  • Creating opportunities by “Minding the Gaps”

The New MNC Playbook For a Rapidly Changing China
David Hoffman | Language: English

What are the new alignment points and value proposition drivers for MNCs in China?

  • Mapping pathways from China’s development challenges to MNC opportunities
  • Identifying the new MNC play space, the requirements to play, and potential “edge-ball” opportunities
  • What success looks like in an increasingly contained competitive environment
  • “Equity partners with benefits” – new mechanisms for creating leverage and access

Five Years of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
Ethan Cramer-Flood | Language: English

Looking beyond the headlines to evaluate the play-space for MNCs along China’s signature foreign policy project.

  • What’s real and what’s hyperbole: a report card to date on BRI funding, project rollouts, and blowback
  • Key geostrategic implications and host-country risks to watch
  • MNC success factors, strategies, and learnings from the first five years of BRI

Environmental Protection — One of China’s “Three Tough Battles”
Anke Schrader | Minji Xie | Language: English, Chinese, German

How are institutional and policy changes impacting environmental protection enforcement and compliance in China?

  • Major institutional reforms pre-2018 and their impact on environment supervision and enforcement at the local levels
  • The 2018 ministerial restructuring and its impact on environmental governance institutions
  • Important new and strengthened policy tools for corporate pollution control
  • Impacts of raised standards on MNCs’ business and supply chains in China
  • What’s ahead – outlook for the coming years

Situation Assessment: Chinese Labor Markets in Flux
Anke Schrader | Yuan Gao | Language: English, Chinese, German

Assessing labor market dynamics and potential impacts on consumption and social stability.

  • Important regional and structural labor market developments -- what do the numbers tell us?
  • Demand- and supply-side factors contributing to employment trends
  • Service sector and micro-enterprise developments, and their growth drivers
  • Employment stability questions and implications for MNC business

Assessing the 'New Era’ in US China Relations
Ethan Cramer-Flood | Language: English

Envisioning the future of US-China relations.

  • Assessing the historical context -- impacts on today’s manifestations
  • Assessing the friction points and the stakes involved
  • The US calculus; the China calculus -- is there an in-between?
  • Planning assumptions: how might things evolve, devolve or resolve