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Osservatorio Asia’s 9th Annual Conference

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November 8, 2012
Time: 14 - 18
Milan, Palazzo Turati,
Via Meravigli, 9b
Media Partner: Radiocor Il Sole 24 Ore 


Themes Discussed: Obama’s Democrats and Romney’s Republicans have different visions for the relationship with China and Asia. The CCP People’s Congress will provide a series of different positions, because the country has a series of different options. The Chinese unidirectional model is no longer sufficient to guarantee growth. Europe is crossed by elections and tension. It needs to choose between austerity and development, in a battle that until now has been sterile. The positions that will emerge from the elections and the CCP’s Congress will paint a new picture that will impose difficult decisions. All fronts – social, labor, investments – will be immediately affected.


Organization: There will be thematic presentations, on a macroeconomic and geo-strategic scale, of corporate experience and related topics. After the presentations there will be discussion and closing statements.

Speakers: Both Italian and international, institutional representatives, economists, business-people, international experts

Participants: Entrepreneurs, institutional representatives, economists, journalists

How to attend: Free with registration, invitations are reserved for economic sector professionals, authorities, sponsors of the Conference, and the media.



Conference Outline

2012’s long election season will reach its apex in November with the end of the race to the White House. Throughout the year there have been successive presidential, legislative, and administrative elections throughout Europe. The Old Continent is beset by a crisis – no longer just economic – that is capable of putting the institutional and political milieu into question. On both banks of the Atlantic, a geographic symbol of a longstanding union of values and interests, governments are faced with dramatic choices: austerity or development, nationalism or federalism, tradition or openness.

Asia has entered western electoral campaigns for the first time. The powerful oriental emergence commands both fear and hope for the resolution of the crisis. In particular, the stance towards China gives rise to the different sides. It is a clear sign of the inextricable confluence of interests, a confirmation that no country, however powerful, can govern globalization on its own. Politics is not independent of the economy, and opportunity is not free from threats.

Change has begun in China as well. Instead of an electoral competition, the choice will traditionally be entrusted to the Communist Party’s Congress, the 18th in its history. The general assembly is scheduled to take place this coming November and promises substantial change. The old leadership is leaving the helm of the nation to the “fifth generation,” with Xi Jinping as its captain. The outcome may be predetermined, but the coalitions that will produce it are far from certain. The new leader will be faced with unavoidable decisions: reforming the domestic system, relaxing controls on civil society, and increasing China’s influence in the international arena without alarming other nations. The old model, based on the unstoppable pairing of investment and production, is at risk of becoming inadequate. The tools of the past are under attack by the other Asian tigers, which are attracting multinational corporations with the same incentives that China was using 20 years ago. The country now finds itself faced with choices it cannot put off any longer. The recovery, employment, and management of public debt in Europe and the United States are undeniably linked to China’s commercial equilibrium, to the value of the renminbi, and to the use of Beijing’s vast reserves.

The new balances that will spring forth from the elections and the Congress will be the focal points of discussion for the 9th Annual Conference of Osservatorio Asia, which will take place during the same days. Understanding new scenarios and analyzing the outcomes is in the interest of Italian companies, industry professionals, the media, and institutions. The themes of the Conference have an operational outlook and a concrete and immediate bearing due to the unprecedented situations facing finance and the real economy today. The Conference will feature Italian and international economists, experts in international politics, representatives of institutions, corporations, and media. 

Erika Bandini – Segreteria Osservatorio Asia 

Tel. 0542 31977 

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