In March 2021, China published new economic and developmental goals and directions for the next five years in its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). As China resumes its economic growth, the latest plan reflects how it is shifting away from an export-driven economy to one that focuses on expanding domestic markets. What is a Chinese Five-Year Plan and why is it important for Canada to understand? What should Western Canada pay attention to in this new plan? What are the potential green, yellow and red flags for western Canadian exporters and investors in the plan and its implementation?
Jia Wang, Interim Director, China Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Jiantuo Yu, Deputy Secretary General, China Development Research Foundation, Beijing
Daniel Koldyk, Counsellor (Economics and Finance) and Chief Representative of the Department of Finance, Embassy of Canada to China, Beijing
Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada, Ottawa
Q&A with Jia Wang and Carlo Dade