The China Price
Speaker: Alex Harney, author and FT journalist
Chair: Dr Kerry Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Lunch will be available from 12:30 (£10 charge).
For years 'the China price' was a term executives used to describe ultra-cheap exports from China. Today, that price is finally starting to rise, as raw materials, wages, environmental pressures and land prices increase.
Thousands of factories are closing in southern China, and executives say this is only the beginning. What does the future hold for China's export sector? How are the new labour and environmental rules and enforcements affecting business? Will we be talking about 'the Vietnam price' in a few years time?
Alex Harney has been based in Hong Kong for a number of years, working for the Financial Times. She took temporary leave from the FT in 2006 to work on The China Price while based as a visiting fellow at the University of Hong Kong's Institute of Economics and Business Strategy. As part of her research for the book she travelled extensively interviewing Chinese migrant workers and factory owners in Guangdong province and other areas of China.
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