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Victor Gao shares his reflections of Deng Xiaoping

In a recent interview for the BBC World Service’s Witness series, Victor Gao, Beijing-based geopolitical analyst, discussed the life of Deng Xiaoping, former leader of the People’s Republic of China.

Reflecting on his role as Deng Xiaoping’s translator, Victor shared his memories of the man who engineered China’s economic reform and died on 19 February, 1997.

To listen to the full episode, click here.

To find out more about Victor Gao, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

US-China Bilaterial talks: a diplomatic milestone?

It has been an important week for China – US relations. Chinese leader, Xi Jingping visited the United States for bilaterial talks on areas such as: North Korea, the south-pacific and international institutions.

Before talks were underway Victor Gao published a thoughtful op-ed on CNN underlining how close the $500 billion in annual trade have brought the two countries. As Chinese growth continues Victor underlined the need for greater trust between these two leaders.

Reactions since have focused on a number of areas:

  • The Washington post reports agreement toward banning the greenhouse pollutants, hydroflorocarbons (HFC’s)
  • The Guardian suggests talks hit a snag over cyber-security, given the revelation this week of the espionage program ‘PRISM’  
  • The BBC’s North America Editor, Mark Mardell, comments that developments may have made Obama ” a little less pious, and a bit more realistic”

Coverage widely reports that the talks were constructive and help bring optimism and momentum to diplomatic efforts between the two nations. Check out further comment from Victor Gao below:

CNN – “AmeriChina” looking for trust at the top.

Washington Post – Agreement to wind down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The Guardian – “US-China summit ends with accord on all but cyber-espionage.”

The BBC – “Obama-Xi summit: Less piety, more realism?”

To find out more about Victor Gao, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Victor Gao, a Chinese energy expert, speaks at the 2013 Flame Conference

Just off the phone with our good friend Victor Gao in Beijing. Victor will be in the Netherlands in March keynoting on China natural gas at the 2013  Flame Conference – Europe’s leading gas conference.

Victor, who is a former Senior Vice President at the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), is a leading expert on China’s energy strategy, and its influence on China’s foreign policy. Victor is also Director of the China National Association of International Studies and an Executive Director of Beijing Private Equity Association.

To find out more about Victor Gao, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

 

 

 

 

Victor Gao on the implications of the Chinese leadership handover

It was good to have Victor Gao in the office last week. Victor is Executive Director of the International Committee of the Beijing Private Equity Association, former Senior Vice President at the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, and former English language interpreter for China’s Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping.

A former diplomat, who has since worked extensively in investment banking and private equity in China, Victor has an interesting perspective on the key issues arising from the Chinese leadership handover.

In particular, he said:

1) Xi Jinping has been given a particularly strong mandate by the CCP elite to pursue his policy goals.

2) The new Chinese leadership will remain confident in its ability to tackle challenges relating to the economy and social stability

3) Much of China’s foreign policy will be driven by concerns for energy security. This means rapprochement witht he US will be high on the agenda.

To find out more about Victor Gao, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Out and about in Asia

It’s been a busy week. I spent the first half of it in Mumbai with our Indian team, meeting clients and some brilliant economists, business leaders and journalists. We live in  inter-connected times, and India’s commercial capital was abuzz with the prospects for the euro, and the political outlook for the US. India’s financial system is relatively well insulated from the rest of the world, and policy-makers are keen to keep it that way. Nonetheless, India growth rates look set to fall, but as an expatriate banker told me, Indian growth rates of 7.5% (down from 10.4% in 2010) will trump Europe and US returns for the foreseeable future.

I got back in time for the first of Chartwell’s autumn programme of Breakfast Club discussions at the Royal Automobile Club – this time on China’s strengths and weaknesses. Victor Gao, a Beijing-based banker and commentator, pointed out that the next 3 years would see the pillars of the international community unusually self-absorbed and hamstrung: the EU in “chaos”, the US distracted by the 2012 Presidential race and China focusing on a political transition and implementing the new 5 Year Plan. The thing about uncertainty is that when it kicks in, it becomes self-perpetuating.

Chartwell Breakfast Club: China’s strengths and weaknesses

The invitation to Chartwell’s September 29 Breakfast Club discussion went out this afternoon. We’re looking forward to resuming our 2011 Breakfast Club programme after a summer break. Delicious bacon rolls and three great speakers, Victor Gao, Dr Keyu Jin and the BBC’s Paddy O’Connell, are the perfect way to bring September to a close.

They will be discussing China’s strengths and weaknesses, and, if you missed the invitation, you can see it here for more details. There are still a few spaces left so email edwards@chartwellpartners.co.uk to reserve a place.

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