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[Beijing] What happened when Xi met May?

BritCham / CBBC
Event type Breakfast Seminar
Date Friday, February 9th, 2018
Time 08:00 - 9:30
Open for All welcome
Cost Members 200 RMB Non-Members 250 RMB
Contacts Steven.Lynch@cbbc.org.cn
Venue InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun
Organiser BritCham / CBBC
Address No.1 Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027, China
 
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What were the outcomes from the PM’s visit and what does this mean for UK-China relations?
 
The British Prime Minister Theresa May (or 梅姨as she is now affectionately known) made her first official state visit to China this week.  Together with the largest ever delegation of British Businesses to China, the three-day visit included events in Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai. However, what does this mean for UK- China relations? Was the visit a success? With Brexit looming will China become our most important trading partner? Why hasn’t the UK officially signed up to Belt and Road?  
 
Join us for a thrilling breakfast debate at the Intercontinental Sanlitun on Friday 9th February, as our experts breakdown the political and economic implications of the visit and what this means for Sino/ UK relations going forwards.
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Agenda 
8:00am - 8:30am Registration & Networking
8:30am - 9:15am Open discussion, Q&A and debate with Mark Pinner and Tom Rafferty
9:15am - 9:30am Networking
 
Speakers 
Mark Pinner 
 
Managing Director, Interel China
 
Mark is an experienced communications professional specialising in advising international companies, associations and professional societies on Chinese inbound investment issues, and Chinese clients on investment abroad. In addition to managing all operations of Interel’s China practice, he coordinates the Asia-Pacific operations of Interel’s own network of partners, the Interel Global Practice.
 
He formerly worked for Chinese multinational Lenovo in their Beijing head office for over five years, where he built up their international product communications capability coordinating with their global comms, marketing and regional sales teams, supporting the internationalisation of one of China’s leading privately-owned multinational companies. Prior to this he spent several years in public affairs consultancy positions in London and Beijing.
 
Mark also worked for the British Conservative Party’s research organization inside Parliament when he participated in (then) opposition frontbench team meetings, working with senior Conservative Party politicians including the current Prime Minister Theresa May when she was Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. He has advised clients in a broad range of organizations and fields. These include the Society of Women Engineers, Canadian Standards Association, Alibaba, Wiley, GM, Euroclear, several equity research houses and a digital currency provider.
 
 
Mark Pinner recently met Theresa May during the official state visit 
 
Tom Rafferty
 
China Research Director 
 
Economist Intelligence Unit 
 
Tom is The Economist Intelligence Unit’s lead analyst for China and manages a team of researchers in Beijing. He is responsible for the EIU’s daily analysis of political, economic and social developments in China, evaluating their significance for clients, and devises the forecasts that underpin the EIU’s flagship reports for the country. Tom also manages the EIU's Access China service, which offers unrivalled analytical coverage of China’s provinces and cities. He is a frequent commentator in the international media and gives regular presentations to clients, as well as at external conferences and seminars. 
 
Tom joined the EIU in 2011, initially in London, and has a history of engagement in China-related research and analysis. He has been a researcher in the UK Parliament, where he worked on the UK-China bilateral relationship, and has held roles with the China-Britain Business Council, Oxford Analytica and the Foreign Policy Centre. Tom relocated to Beijing with the EIU in 2014. It is the second time he has lived in the city, having previously studied Chinese at Peking University and held a research fellowship at its Institute of International and Strategic Studies. 
 
Tom holds an MPhil in International Relations and a BA in Modern History, both from the University of Oxford. He has published on various subjects in relation to China, both inside and outside the EIU, including on leadership politics, the property sector and business opportunities in regional cities.
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