18 Months Since Davos


A year and a half ago, President Xi Jinping took the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos and asserted that China would step up to take a leading role in the global economic system and further open up to international business.

While the pace of reform has accelerated, compared to the demands of the rapidly developing Chinese economy, China’s reforms are, in absolute terms, still insufficient and incomplete.

In the report 18 Months Since Davos: How China’s Vision Became a Reform Imperative, the European Chamber seeks to answer a number of questions raised about the post Davos agenda and how it impacts European business operating in China.

How can China’s drive for a strong R&D environment be reconciled with existing issues over intellectual property and unfair technology transfers? Is the lifting of equity caps meaningful in a business environment that is laden with administrative burdens? And how valuable is openness in sectors already dominated by SOEs?

Press release: English, Chinese.


For the four months after the 19th Party Congress, the European Chamber catalogued articles from both the Global Times and the China Daily on how Chinese authorities have touted China’s opening up and reform agenda
to foreign markets. 190 of the most relevant stories were collected, with each entry including the article’s title, publication date, URL, and either a quote that summarises the piece or a brief overview of the content.

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Publication title
State Media Tracker
18 Month Since Davos - 后达沃斯时代的中国:改革势在必行