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ESI and ANBOUND formed a strategic partnership in 2019, and are committed to providing research and consulting services to clients, expanding their horizons through in-depth international collaboration, and jointly proposing public policy recommendations and solutions for promoting high-quality economic development. ANBOUND is a multinational independent think tank based in China and Malaysia, which specializes in public policy research covering geopolitics and international relations, urban and social development, industrial issues, and macro-economy.
ESI Chinese Expertise
ESI’s team of China experts consists of Dick Voith, Founding Principal, Steve Wray, Senior Vice President & Principal, Sidney Wong, Senior Advisor, Jing Liu, Associate Director of ANBOUND and Asian Business Development, and Peiyong Yu, Associate Director. Our team has outstanding skills and extensive knowledge to examine a wide range of China-related issues in the fields of city planning, real estate, higher education, innovation, transportation planning, and more.
Dick Voith and Jing Liu from ESI and ANBOUND teamed up with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, SWA Group, and Arup and to participate in and won the 3rd place at the Architectural Design Competition of The Future Science and Technology City of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone organized by The Reform and Planning Administration Bureau of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and Chengdu Hi-tech Investment Group Co., Ltd in 2020 and 2021. The competition received more than 100 participants from all over the world. PCPA&ESI team was shortlisted with four other world renowned design firms - MAD, MVRDV, gmp and OMA in the final design phase, and won the third place in the final round of competition.
ESI’s role in the team included developing innovation ecosystem concept, economic development strategies, and smart city strategies which further guided the land use plan and the detailed urban design of the entire area. ESI laid out the design concept that open, welcoming, and sustainable environments within smart, interconnected, mixed use urban forms are the future of successful innovation ecosystems. ESI and ANBOUND also conducted a thorough fiscal impact analysis and economic impact analysis for the project after the design was completed.
ESI partnered with ANBOUND to conduct study on the future development trend of Chinese cities for Glodon in China.
ESI and ANBOUND reviewed the literatures on the current status of Chinese urban development and classified the Chinese cities into three development models based on their phases of urbanization: spatial expansion, spatial steady-state, and spatial reduction. ESI also identified several key issues that Chinese cities are currently facing, and further proposed future development goals. ESI leveraged the past experiences from ESI ThoughtLab studies of the Smarter Cities 2025 and the Hyperconnected Cities.
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With the gradual slowdown of China's economic growth, the market is concerned about the direction of monetary policy. There are different understandings of the "cross-cyclical adjustment of macro policies", "more forward-looking and effective policies" and a series of policy tones. Debates on policy expectations remain there. The most controversial topic is "credit easing". From the perspective of the transmission of money and credit, ANBOUND economists discussed that the realization of credit easing depends not only on monetary policy, but also on the environment of financial institutions and the real economy. The structural policies adopted by the central bank actually intends to improve environment and realize the effective utilization of financial resources, which cannot be simply regarded as the stimulation of overall credit. The logic of monetary policy has not changed. In fact, it is still "stabilizing credit" under the condition of "monetary stability", so as to achieve the goal of "cross-cyclical adjustment" of stable growth and risk prevention
As the EU’s economic recovery is significantly slower than the United States, the European Central Bank’s adherence to the current easing policy will distance itself from the Federal Reserve’s possible policy shift to reduce easing at the end of the year. The impact of inflation and interest rate changes will be extremely challenging for the Eurozone and the European Union. The debt burden on some of EU countries who experienced crises has further piled up. In the case of a long-term downturn, the matter caused by inflation would evolve to be more tense, which would worsen its fiscal imbalance and push banking institutions and financial systems into difficulties. Therefore, of great concern is whether the European Central Bank could safely withdraw from the stimulus in the future and make the normalization of monetary policy.
Dato' Ong Chong Yi, ANBOUND Regional Chief Representative (ASEAN), was invited as a keynote speaker at the "2021 China-ASEAN Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum" which commemorates China-ASEAN's 30 years of dialogue relations. The forum was officiated by the Chairman of Guangxi government H.E. Lan Tianli and China's Vice Minister of Commerce H.E. Ren Hongbin, and was held on the sidelines of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning on 11 September 2021. The forum was also attended by Trade Ministers and Ambassadors from the ten ASEAN countries and the Secretary General of the ASEAN Secretariat.
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