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China Research Group - News and Events

Among other activities, the China Research Group hold an annual international conference and occasional workshops. 


Chinese multinational enterprises: strategy, capability and impact

Date: 25 January 2018
Venue: A18 Si Yuan Centre, Jubilee Campus
Presenter: Professor Huaichuan Rui, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London

This presentation is based on a pioneering project of “Chinese outward investment and multinationals” (2005 - Present). It will offer a comprehensive examination on Chinese multinational enterprises through demonstrating empirical evidence and resulting theories.

For further details please visit our Seminars page

Past events

Let’s take the bias out of econometrics

Date: 16 November 2017
Venue:  A07 Business School South Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University Business School
Presenter: Professor Duo Qin, SOAS, University of London

This study exposes the specious quality of ‘endogeneity bias’. It reviews how conceptualisation of the bias has evolved to embrace all major econometric problems, despite extensive lack of hard evidence.

The Prevalence and the Increasing Significance of Guanxi

Date: 6 October 2017
Venue: Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University Business School
Presenter: Professor Yanjie Bian (Xian Jiaotong University)

This seminar provided an analytical revew of the science literature on guanxi. The focus of this review was on the prevalence and the increasing significance of guanxi during China’s post-1978 reforms implemented to move to a market economy.

China at the Crossroads: Economic challenges and opportunities

Date: 6-7 September 2017
Venue: Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University Business School
Organisers: Professor Lina Song, Dr Jian Chen and Dr Bin Wu

With its ongoing reforms and key role in the world economy, China stands at a crossroads in its economic development. Slowing GDP growth suggests it may be approaching a new stage of development, where future growth will become more reliant on innovation and human capital rather than efficiency gains from reform and physical capital accumulation. 

Domestically, Chinese economists debate the future role of the state versus the market in directing economic activity – for example, over the desirability of an active industrial policy. Important policy choices also arise on distributional issues, as the country grapples with inequalities caused by rural-urban dualism, regional disparities and marketization. 

Internationally, President Xi Jingping has openly aligned China with globalisation and free trade. The country's trade prospects face challenges after the election of a US President who campaigned on a protectionist platform but opportunities from those, like post-Brexit UK, seeking to deepen trade relations with it. This conference invites leaching economic scholars to present and discuss original research on these varied issues, with the aim of making evidence-based contributions to the important contemporary debates on China's economic policy.

Further Details


  • Present and discuss cutting-edge research on Chinese business and economy currently at the crossroads
  • Collate evidence-based analysis on the major aspects of Chinese livelihoods affected or impaired by the slow-down of GDP growth
  • Provide original policy analysis and identify the potential policy impacts of rigorous research


The conference is a general one on the Chinese economy. Broad themes are:

  • Industrial sectoral upgrading and structure of economic growth
  • Poverty, inequality and welfare
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and investment
  • Trade and the labour market

Conference programme


Fourth annual meeting of the International Consortium for China Studies

Date: 20-21 June 2017
Venue: Mannheim, Germany

The National School of Development (NSD) of Peking University and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) are pleased to announce the fourth Annual Meeting of the International Consortium for China Studies (ICCS): "Perspectives on China's Development and the Openness of Global Markets: The Nexus of Political, Economic and Social Issues".

Further information is available on the Zew website.

Preliminary programme

Preliminary participants

The first UK-China cross-boarder E-commerce forum (The 2nd ESRC Impact Accelerator Fund's Event)

Date: 23-24 March 2017
Venue: Room A18, Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus
Organiser: Dr Jinmin Wang 

In recent years, UK-China cross-border e-commerce has witnessed rapid development. The exports from UK to China through the e-commerce platforms are expected to reach £14 billion by 2020 (Bank of China, 2016). More and more British enterprises are seeking to enter the Chinese market through the new digital trade model.

The Forum aims to inform the policy makers and business community in the East Midlands region on how the new business models work and how to deal with the challenges in the development of UK-China cross-border e-commerce.

Reaching Chinese consumers through the use of physical and digital marketing platforms of commodity trading marketss in China (The 1st ESRC Impact Accelerator Fund's Event)

Date: 16 November 2016
Venue: Room A18, Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus


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