ABIE UK: China and the Next 5 Years – 26 November 2020


Australia – United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, 26 November 2020

11:00AM – 12:00PM CET

Location: Zoom

Chamber Members – Complimentary

Non-Members & Guests – £10

ABIE Members – Complimentary (email abie.france@gmail.com for promo code)


Find out what the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal means for business & the global trade order

This week, the world’s largest trade bloc has been created in what Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has described as “as a victory of multilateralism and free trade”. After eight years of negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has been signed between 15 countries including China & Australia. What opportunities will this bring for business & how does it affect the global trade order?

As the world’s second largest economy representing 18% of global GDP, China’s economic agenda has profound implications for international markets, including the UK and Australia. As the UK seeks to diversify its trading relationships beyond the EU, now is the time to evaluate strategic economic partners and China presents a significant opportunity.

Join us to hear from Dr Geoff Raby AO, renowned China commentator and author of the recently released ‘China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order’, for an update on the Australia-China relationship and China’s geostrategic priorities, and Betty Wang, ANZ’s Senior China Economist, on China’s economic vision for the next five years and what this will mean for Australian and British companies seeking to do business in China.

About our speakers:

Dr Geoff Raby AO, Former Australian Ambassador to China

Dr Geoff Raby AO was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. After 27 years in the public service, he completed his Ambassadorial term and resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates in 2011, a Beijing-based strategic advisory company.

He currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director of ASX-listed companies, Yancoal, Oceanagold, and Netlinkz.  He was also as an independent director with Fortescue Metals Group, 2011-17.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with responsibilities for north-east Asia and international trade negotiations.   He has held a number of other senior positions in DFAT, including APEC Ambassador (2002-2004), First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD in Paris during 1993-95.  He was First Secretary (Economic) and subsequently Counsellor (Economic) in Australia’s Embassy in Beijing, 1986-1991.  He joined the Office of National Assessments as its China economic analyst in 1984.

In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China and his contribution to multilateral trade diplomacy, Dr Raby was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2019.

His newly released book, ‘China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order’ is now available for order

Betty Wang, Senior China Economist, ANZ

Betty covers macroeconomic and financial market development in China. Her research focuses on tracking China’s economic drivers including the property market, industrial policies, structural reforms and economic policy.

During her career, Betty has garnered a strong following for her intellectual offering to corporate and financial institution clients in the region. Local and international media frequently quote her thematic research and data commentary.

Betty entered the banking industry in 2008. Prior to joining ANZ, she was North East Asia Economist at Standard Chartered Bank (HK). Betty holds dual-master’ degrees in Economics at Peking University and in Finance at the University of Hong Kong.

Hannah Bretherton, Member Engagement & Project Manager, Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce, Affiliate of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London

Hannah is the Chamber’s Member Engagement & Project Manager, an Affiliate of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London and a member of the China Foresight Forum at the London School of Economics. Hannah began her career working as a policy researcher for the Australia-China Relations Institute, a think tank at the University of Technology Sydney, and went on to facilitate senior level strategic dialogue on China between business and government at the policy institute China Matters. Prior to relocating to London, Hannah worked as a policy advisor for the New South Wales Department of Premier & Cabinet and founded a gender equality consultancy called the 3:30 Project.  

Hannah has published peer reviewed academic journals on the Australia-China relationship, including in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, the China Economic Journal, the Australian Journal of International Affairs and has published analysis and commentary in The Diplomat, The Strategist, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Outlook and the East Asia Forum.

Hannah received First Class Honours in International Relations from the University of New South Wales and received two scholarships to study in China – at Lanzhou University and Shanghai Jiaotong University respectively.

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