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  • Speaker | 24 October, 2014

    Where the iPhone is made

    Manufacturing is increasingly fragmented, with supply chains criss-crossing national borders, especially in Asia. As some countries do the precision tasks and others are stuck with low-margin assembly work, the gains are not evenly shared. What can government and business do to benefit most from the global value chains behind products like the iPhone 6 and iWatch? Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist Asian Development Bank, will discuss these questions, as well as sharing the ADB’s latest assessment of the outlook for the region’s major economies.

    DATE: Oct 24 (Friday)
    TIME: 11:15am-12:45pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Sweden 3, Dongzhimenwai Dajie
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB at the door for non-members
    REGISTRATION: online at www.fccchina.org/events/24102014

    Shang-Jin Wei is the Chief Economist of the Asian Development  Bank, and chief spokesperson for ADB on economic  and development trends. He was born in the People’s Republic of China and is now a national of the United States. Before joining the ADB he held positions at Columbia University, the International Monetary Fund and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Mr. Wei earned a PhD in Economics and a Master’s  degree in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University; and a Bachelor’s degree in the World Economy from Fudan University in China.

    Speaker | 27 October, 2014

    Super power or super failure? Why views on China’s economic prospects vary

    No country generates such divergent views about its economic prospects and implications for political evolution.  Popular perceptions fostered by the media – from unbalanced growth and over-crowded cities to underperforming state companies and increasing inequality – suggest that the country is facing an imminent financial crisis. Yet what if most of these views are substantively wrong? And if they’re wrong, are  policy prescriptions off the mark?
    Join China expert Yukon Huang as he challenges assumptions and varying views on China’s economy.

    DATE: Oct 27 (Monday)
    TIME: 2:30-4pm
    VENUE: Royal Norwegian Embassy, 1, Dong Yi Jie, Sanlitun (enter from 3rd ring road South direction)
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/27102014/

    Yukon Huang is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C. Previously he was the World Bank’s Country Director for China and earlier Director for Russia and the Former Soviet Union.  His current research focuses on China’s economy and its global policy implications. He was an advisor to the joint Chinese Government – World Bank team that prepared the “China 2030” report. Dr. Huang has published widely on economic issues affecting China. He is the A-List commentator on China for the Financial Times and his articles are seen frequently in the media such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, CNN, and New York Times. His recent books include East Asia Visions which addresses future prospects for the region and Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia which analyzes how the growth patterns in East Asia have been shaped by spatial and economic factors. He has a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University.