Time: 09.00 – 10.00 GMT / 17.00 – 18.00 CST


CBBC members are invited to join this briefing on Friday 22 January as we look to the year ahead.


Through the first ten months of 2020 UK exports of essential goods (excluding crude oil and gold) to China were up 8.9% with no market of comparable size showing growth anything like that. 


Going into 2021 the IMF estimates that China’s GDP will increase by 8.2%, accounting for over a quarter of global growth.


Therefore, as the UK looks to rebound, China presents a vital opportunity.


In order to best inform your China strategy for the coming year, join this session with CBBC and KPMG as we explore the key macro trends for China’s economy in 2021.


We’ll also be taking a closer look at the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) and what the policies announced in China’s 14th Five Year Plan, due to be adopted at the annual session of the National People’s Congress this spring, mean for UK business.


We do hope you will be able to join us.




  • Opening Remarks – David Sayer, Vice-Chair, CBBC & Vice-Chair, KPMG
  • Key Macro Trends for China’s Economy in 2021 – Mark Harrison, Partner – Deal Advisory, KPMG Shanghai
  • Need to Know – Torsten Weller, Policy Analyst, CBBC
    • 14th Five-Year Plan and key economic policies (Dual Circulation, Self-Sufficiency)
    • China changing regulatory environment (Antitrust Regulations, Data Privacy Rules)
    • EU-China Investment Deal and further liberalisation
    • Global Recovery and UK-China relations
  • Q&A and discussion



Mark Harrison, Partner – Deal Advisory, KPMG Shanghai


Mark began his career in London where he spent 5 years working first in audit and then specialising in cross-border transactions work across Europe.

He subsequently worked in the KPMG Paris office for over four years focusing on cross border engagements including spending 6 months stationed in Chicago.

In 2008, Mark transferred to the KPMG Shanghai office where he advises clients on investments in China including due diligence, joint ventures, vendor assistance, SPA drafting and completion accounts.

Mark has advised on over 250 transactions in China during 12 years working in China

Mark speaks English and French fluently, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.



Torsten Weller, Policy Analyst, CBBC


Torsten Weller is Policy Analyst at the China-Britain Business Council. Prior to working for the CBBC, he was an consultant for an international law firm in Beijing and has worked as a policy analyst at the EU Delegation to China and Mongolia.  He holds a M.L. in International Relations and Chinese Politics from Tsinghua University as well as an M.A. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG) in Paris.