Earlier this year Fleishman-Hillard Brussels welcomed Li Hong, President of Fleishman-Hillard China, to Brussels to discuss the upcoming leadership transition in China and its impact on business with a group of Brussels-based public affairs professionals. One month later the new leaders of China were unveiled at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.
The conclusion of the 18th National Congress on 15 November 2012 provided a window into the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The selection of the seven members of the country’s powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC, or politburo) not only illustrates the tensions in China’s leadership, it also emphasises the ideological struggles – and differences – in core ideas and values, different approaches to the country’s openness and fundamental questions regarding reciprocity for investments.
Following the establishment of China’s new leaders, FH Brussels and FH Beijing produced this analysis of the political changes and their impact on doing business in China and the outlook for Sino-EU relations.