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CLSA hosts 17th China Forum in Beijing: 400 global investors meet 120 Chinese corporations to discuss China’s road ahead – hard or soft landing?

14 May 2012

Beijing – Monday, 14 May 2012 - CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (‘CLSA’), Asia’s leading, independent brokerage and investment group opens its 17th CLSA China Forum in Beijing on Monday, 14 May at the Grand Hyatt Beijing. The three-day event will host 400 institutional investors from 29 countries, 200 senior executives representing 120 Chinese corporations, and about 24 keynote and specialist speakers.

The Chinese economy experienced a self-induced slowdown during 2011, while most investors were focusing on Europe teetering on the brink of collapse. The economy continues to cool, leaving investors with many questions, questions that will be explored in detail at the 17th CLSA China Forum. Will the government relax its restrictions over the residential property sector? If macro growth continues to meet the government’s targets, is a big policy easing likely? Will inflation rear up again later in the year?

According to CLSA Head of China / Hong Kong Strategy, Francis Cheung, the government appears reactive to slowing growth and is more concern about quality of growth which is why no major stimulus is expected. “While the NDRC’s Academy of Macroeconomic Research and State Council’s Development Research Centre have turned more cautious on growth,” says Cheung, “they expect growth to continue slowing into the second quarter before stabilising in the second half of the year.”

Andy Rothman, CLSA China Macro Strategist concurs, “There are no hints of a hard landing. The Chinese economic slowdown is in line with our expectations for a full-year 8.5% GDP growth, which is also in line with Communist Party expectations – so investors should not expect any dramatic policy easing.”

Since its inception in 1996, the annual CLSA China Forum has become a must-attend event for global institutional investors and is now the largest equity-investment event of its kind in the country. Delegates to the 17th CLSA China Forum will be provided access to China’s leading corporations through more than 50 presentations and 1,500 private meetings over the next three days.

Representatives from Chinese corporations, along with some 24 keynote and specialist speakers, will present on finance and economics; politics and geopolitics; technology, innovation and demographics; healthcare and real estate; as well as commodities, energy and transport. Speakers at this year’s Forum include: Dr. Daofu Chen of the State Council’s Development Research Centre; The Washington Post’s Asia diplomatic correspondent, John Pomfret; Jack “Mr China” Perkowski and journalist and author Tom Miller; as well as cultural sociologist, Tricia Wang, and Joyce Man of Beijing University.

Notably during the Forum, eight post-forum tours have been arranged to give investors the opportunity to see first-hand the opportunities: Clean Energy and Power Tour, Consumer Tour, Factory Tour, Infrastructure Tour, Machinery Tour, Mongolia Tour, Property Tour, China Agriculture and Food Chain Tour.

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All media must be accredited to attend the Forum. Accreditation to the Forum is at CLSA’s discretion and is provided only to people in active editorial roles of recognised media organisations.

Please register online (see the below link), following which you will be notified of your accreditation. https://www.clsa.com/corporate-access/investor-forums/media-registration.php

CLSA onsite Media Registration:
Address: Podium Level 2, Grand Hyatt Beijing, 1 East Chang An Avenue
Telephone: Media registration desk: +86 10 6510 9865
Opening hours: Monday 14 May – Wednesday 16 May, 09:00 – 18:00

Please contact us for further information:

Anna Tehan, Head of Communications
CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets
Tel: (852) 2600 8196
Fax: (852) 2530 0827
Email: anna.tehan@clsa.com

  Mandy Ho, Communications Manager
CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets
Tel: (852) 2600 8193
Fax: (852) 2530 0827
Email: mandy.ho@clsa.com