2020 has been an extraordinary year for business. While British companies in China remain resilient, optimistic and committed to the China market, significant challenges remain. What impact is COVID-19 still having on companies? What are the top regulatory challenges they face this year? Are UK-China tensions having material consequences for business?
The British Business in China: Sentiment Survey 2020-2021 collates the views of over 250 British businesses on their outlook on the China market. Companies gave us their thoughts on a range of topics, including the business impact from Covid-19, growing UK-China tensions, and the regulatory challenges they face on the business environment in China.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Registration and networking
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
Presenting key findings of Sentiment Survey 2020/21
Chief Representative at FIL Investment Management(Hong Kong)Limited
Lily CONG is Chief Representative of Beijing Representative Office, at Fidelity International, based in Beijing. She leads the China pension strategy and government affairs. Lily joined Fidelity International in July 2015. Prior to joining Fidelity International, she worked in BNP Paribas (China) Limited Beijing Branch and Beijing Representative Office for 10 years, covering government affairs, macro research and China business development. Prior to that, she worked as public servant in local government of Yantai, Shandong Province.
Asia Pacific Head of Research at Knight Frank (Shanghai) Property Consultants
Nicholas leads Knight Frank’s research platform across the Asia-Pacific region. His role includes co-ordinating research teams, tracking market performance and producing market commentary and reports. His special areas of interest within the field include government policy and intervention, cycle analysis, and intra-regional capital flows.
Nicholas has a large amount of international experience, dealing with a wide range of research and consultancy projects in the UK, mainland Europe, and throughout Asia-Pacific.
He joined Knight Frank in 2010, previously heading up the research and consultancy division in Vietnam. In this role he advised both domestic and international clients on a wide range of issues and projects, carrying out project feasibility studies, highest and best use analysis, providing development recommendations and master planning consultancy.
Prior to this, he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle in France where he was responsible for valuation and value related advisory for a large number of English and non-English speaking institutional investors, corporate clients and developers. Work included regular pan European advisory work across France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Hungary.
Educated at the London School of Economics (LSE), with a BSc in Economics, Nicholas went on to study for a Masters (MA) in Town and Country Planning from the University of Sheffield and a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Surveying from the University of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).
St. John provides counsel to Chinese and foreign companies on matters related to public affairs, issue and crisis management, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and long-term corporate reputation management. He has been based in Beijing since 1999 and through that time has worked with a wide variety of foreign companies operating in China and Chinese companies going global.
Sitao Xu is chief economist and partner of Deloitte China, spearheading economic research team. Prior to Deloitte China, he was chief representative of the Economist Group and forecasting director of Economist Intelligence Unit in China. He was previously senior economist for Asia at Societe Generale, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia), and Standard Chartered Bank.