6 October 2020, 10:00 a.m.

The EU-China Business Association, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and Business Europe are delighted to invite you to the launch of the 'European Business in China - Position Paper 2020/2021'. The webinar will take place online on 6 October 2020 at 10.00 am CEST.

As the flagship publication of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, the Position Paper is comprised of the views from more than 30 industry-specific working groups representing European business in China, detailing the numerous structural challenges that remain in the China market and providing constructive recommendations to both the Chinese and European authorities alike. Its executive summary also provides a wider analysis and commentary on business and political relations and their intertwining.

According to the position paper, many of these structural challenges are related to the emergence of China’s ‘one economy, two systems’ model. One half of the economy is increasingly fair, well-regulated, and welcoming to foreign investment; the other, state-driven, half sees China still nursing its national champions and overindulging its state-owned enterprises at the expense of the private sector. This indicates a gulf in the understanding of the concept of ‘openness’ between the EU and China.


10:00–10:05 Welcome and Introduction by Ms. Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director, EU-China Business Association/Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce

10:05–10:35 Presentation of the Position Paper 2020/2021 by Mr. Joerg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

10:35–10:55 Q&A and final discussion

10:55–11:00 Closing words by Business Europe

About the speaker:

Mr. Joerg Wuttke
Joerg Wuttke is Vice-President and Chief Representative of BASF China in Beijing since 1997. In May 2019, he was elected for a third term as the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Since 2019, Wuttke is Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing multinational companies in China’s Chemical Association. From 2011 to 2019, he served as Chairman of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD’s China Task Force. From 2007 to 2010, and from 2014 to 2017, Wuttke was President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. He was a founding member of the German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and served as Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2004. Wuttke has lived in China for more than 20 years

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