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Member Webinar: European Chamber Decoupling Report Sharing

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March 04

Time: 5.00-6.00pm (CST) / 9.00-10.00am (GMT)
Date: Thursday, 4th March 2021
Online: Zoom
CBBC is pleased to invite Mr Jacob Gunter, Senior Policy & Communications Manager, European Chamber, to present on the ‘Decoupling: Severed Ties and Patchwork Globalisation’ Report issued by the European Chamber and MERICS. The webinar aims to share the main takeaways of the report and provide further recommendations to British and European businesses operating in the China market. A Q&A session will also take place during this webinar.

The report finds that while the trade war has largely failed in its goal of forcing firms back to their home countries, the technology war is inflicting real damage on companies and economies alike. With decoupling dynamics showing no signs of reversing, solutions are needed to deal with this new reality of ‘patchwork globalisation’.

The present and future costs of decoupling for European businesses operating in China are examined across nine ‘layers’ in the report:
  • Political and financial (macro);
  • Supply chains and critical inputs (trade);
  • Standards and R&D (innovation); and
  • Data, network equipment and telecommunications services (digital)
To download the report, please click here.

17.00 CST / 9.00 GMT
Welcome speech, Tom Simpson, Managing Director, CBBC China
17.05 CST / 9.05 GMT
Decoupling report sharing, Jacob Gunter, Senior Policy & Communications Manager, European Chamber
17.35 CST / 9.35 GMT
Q&A, chaired by Andrew Peaple, Director, Media and Research, CBBC
18.00 CST / 10.00 GMT
Webinar concludes
About the Speaker:
Mr Jacob Gunter
Senior Policy & Communications Manager, European Chamber

As senior policy and communications manager at the European Chamber, Jacob leads on a variety of publications, media issues, policy analysis and high-level messaging. Jacob has led on and overseen key European Chamber publications, including thematic reports like, Decoupling: Severed Ties and Patchwork Globalisation, the BRI focused, The Road Less Travelled, and the audit of China’s reform agenda after President Xi’s Davos speech in 2017, 18 Months Since Davos, as well as the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Executive Position Papers and Business Confidence Surveys, as well as many of the Chamber’s Local Position Papers. Prior to working at the European Chamber, Jacob completed his Masters degree in international studies at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Centre for Sino-American Studies.

About the European Chamber
he European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 26 Working Groups and 8 Fora representing European business in China.
The European Chamber now has more than 1,700 members in 7 chapters operating in 9 cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, South China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), Southwest China (Chengdu, Chongqing) and Tianjin. Each chapter is managed at the local level by local boards reporting directly to the Executive Committee. The Advisory Council which includes the CEOs and presidents of some of the largest EU companies with investments in China, influences the priorities and line of action to be taken by the Chamber by providing advice on its strategic direction.
The Chamber is recognised by the European Commission and the Chinese Authorities as the official voice of European business in China. It is recognised as a Foreign Chamber of Commerce with the Ministry of Commerce and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
The European Chamber is part of the growing network of European Business Organisations (EBO). This network connects European business associations and chambers of commerce located in more than 30 third markets around the world.

Since its creation in 2013, MERICS has established itself as the go-to European think tank on China. With about 20 full-time research staff from different disciplines, MERICS is currently the largest European research institute focusing solely on contemporary China studies. Based in Berlin, MERICS plays an active role in informing European public debates on China and in providing senior decision-makers across Europe with in-depth China-related insights critical to their portfolios.
MERICS was founded by the Stiftung Mercator to strengthen knowledge and debate about China in Germany and Europe.
Independent research means MERICS experts will take a stand – one firmly grounded in liberal-minded and democratic values. In doing so, MERICS experts provide new perspectives on China and advice for shaping relations with it.