Leading experts in Chinese economics, politics and investment gathered at Corrs Chambers Westgarth for a forum to discuss the “New Leadership and China’s Role in Global Investment” on Friday 12 July in Sydney.

The forum was jointly developed by the Australian Financial Review, Corrs and the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and included speakers from Australian National University, Peking University, Columbia University, University of Sydney, China’s Development Research Centre and Corrs.

Greg Earl, Asia Pacific Editor at the AFR chaired the first session on “China’s new leadership and the reform agenda”, which covered the current state of economic play, growth drivers, sustainable growth model, who of China’s new leaders are eager to reform and what the potential reforms might be.

Peter Drysdale, Head of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and East Asia Forum at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, chaired the second session for the day on “Chinese direct investment and the global response”, addressing the forces behind the exponential growth in Chinese foreign investment in the last decade and the implications for Australia.

Corrs Corporate M&A partner and Co Chair of the Corrs China Practice, Andrew Lumsden, who formed part of the investment panel on the day said, “The strong calibre of speakers and topics generated in-depth discussion on the direction China is likely to take under new leadership, the global impacts of investment and the evolution of approach to regulation around Chinese investment.”

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