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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.
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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.
The Latest News From ANBOUND
In the post-pandemic period, an uneven economic recovery has been seen in China and the U.S., which fiscal and monetary policies will be gradually "diverged". RMB exchange rate will be the focus of contradictions in all aspects. ANBOUND’s economists observed that Chinese monetary policy would be more independent, and require a distance of the RMB from the USD. Considering the Federal Reserve's global dominance, there is little room for China’s policy adjustment. The People's Bank of China (PBoC) proposed to deepen the market-oriented reform of the RMB exchange rate, enhance the flexibility of the RMB exchange rate, guide enterprises, and financial institutions to adhere to the concept of "risk neutrality", strengthen expectations management, promote internal and external balance, and maintain the basic stability of the RMB exchange rate at a reasonable and balanced level. Its main policy stance remains to increase the two-way fluctuation of the RMB and avoid the formation of one-way expectations. China will allow greater exchange rate fluctuation, while maintaining economic fundamentals to cushion the pressure. The focus of China's monetary policy will remain on solving domestic economic problems.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has demanded ride-hailing giant Didi to present itself forward for rectification purposes following its listing in the U.S. This issue at hand does not concern "data security", but geopolitics, said ANBOUND scholars. Evidently, the world has entered the geopolitical era. The outdated set beliefs no longer applies. Geopolitics is the relationship between major powers and national interests, which pays attention to strategies, methods, resources, and cultural conquest. This makes Didi’s U.S. listing inseparable from "national interest", which in turn concerns the competition between China and the United States. The case of Didi implies a possibility that the China’s core leadership does not expect to rely on the U.S.
How does modern urban space become the source of problems? The answer to this question is highly complicated. There are certainly issues with modern urban space, and it seems that it has gradually evolved into an incurable disease. What then, are the causes and problems of such urban defects? One of the most important flaws and problems is that the theory that people adopted in designing cities is now completely obsolete. The fact that many gurus, scholars and experts who follow wrong theories to guide urban design is not accidental, but because they stick to outmoded ideas. The responsibility of this cannot be simply shifted to history or other excuses. Are there new and modern urban design theories? There certainly are, and one such theory that carries hope is the modular urban theory
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