Building bridges between Europe and China

We must learn the Chinese way and follow Chinese rules. If you choose to invest in China, you must play by the rules.

In March 2011, China’s National People’s Congress met to discuss and vote on the 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP) for 2011 - 2015, the central economic and ideological document that sets the government’s priorities and spending for the next half-decade. Such Five-Year Plans have been the backbone of the country’s central planning since the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949, and even as China has embraced market reforms and greater openness, the central government has retained the FYP model as its most important economic policy blueprint.

Although energy and resources remain the dominant targets of Chinese overseas investments, fast-growing sectors for Chinese outbound investments are technology, media and telecommunications.

Europe has the highest degree of urbanization worldwide and European companies, with their vast experience and expertise in the sector can work with their Chinese counterparts in upgrading building standards and quality of construction, improved architecture and better urban planning.