Beijing: 1 November 2013: Today FTChinese hosted the FTChinese Annual Forum 2013 at Grand Millennium hotel inBeijing,China. More than 200 delegates, including renowned economists, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and journalists, participated in this day-long forum to review top economic events of 2013 and share predictions for the coming year.

Since 2008, the FTChinese Annual Forum, the flagship event of FTChinese, has been regarded as the leading platform for professional insight exchange inChina. The theme this year was “Upgrading and Rebalancing China’s Economy” and featured “Lunch with FTChinese”, a special networking session for 50 invited guests to meet the FTChinese editorial team.

Lifen Zhang, FT associate editor and editor-in-chief of FTChinese said in his opening remarks that “The Financial Times and FTChinese are delighted to once again bring together Chinese business elites in what has been a remarkable 125th anniversary year for the FT.”

FT’s news editor Alec Russell delivered a keynote speech where he stressed Africa as a big opportunity forChina, saying “both sides should work towards a more sustainable and mature relationship”.

For the keynote dialogue session, Lifen Zhang interviewed renowned Chinese economist Mao Yushi, honorary chairman of Unirule Institute of Economics. Professor Mao called the new Chinese administration to solve the problems on environment, wealth gap, economic bubbles and inflation to form a healthier growing model.

Other discussion topics included the challenge facing emerging markets, the economic policy of the new Chinese leadership; the just-launched Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone; multinational companies’ challenges inChina; cyber security and the role ofChina’s private entrepreneurs.

Distinguished speakers included:

  • Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times
  • Jamil Anderlini, FT’sBeijingbureau chief
  • Qiu Feng, Council Chairman of Unirule Institute of Economics
  • Russell Brown, Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce inChina
  • Liu Xiaoguang, Chairman, Beijing Capital Group
  • Fu Jun, Executive Dean,SchoolofGovernment,PekingUniversity
  • Zhang Jun, Director,ChinaCenterfor Economic Studies,FudanUniversity
  • Haibin Zhu, Chief China Economist, J.P. Morgan
  • Arthur Kroeber, Managing director, GaveKal Dragonomics and non-resident fellow,Brookings-TsinghuaCenter
  • Zhu Ning, Deputy Director and Professor of Finance,ShanghaiAdvancedInstituteofFinance
  • James Fong, Vice President, Merchant Service, AmazonChina
  • Fabian Wong, President, Philips ConsumerLifestyle, GreaterChina
  • Jie Sun, COO, Ctrip.com
  • David Fan, CFO, GreaterChinaRegion, Microsoft

For more information on FTChinese Annual Forum 2013, please visit http://www.ftchinese.com/af2013.

To watch recorded conference sessions and access photos of the event, please visit http://finance.qq.com/zt2013/FTCAF2013/index.htm (event script from the conference are only available in Chinese).

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About FT Chinese

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