Doing business with Asia Pacific: what to expect for the rest of 2021?

The first half of 2021 saw a strong rebound of the global economy, led by some advanced economies such as the US, the European Union, the UK and Canada, combined with continued strong economic momentum in China. This has supported improving Asia Pacific exports to markets in North America and Europe.

In the meantime, Asian and Middle Eastern capital continued to invest heavily in UK tech startups during the first half of 2021.  The strong flow of investment from East to West is complemented by similar flows the other way, with leading UK VC firms increasingly investing in Southeast Asia.

It is anticipated that we will see a more positive future for global trade and investment in 2021, thanks to the widespread rollout of vaccines. Most major Asia Pacific economies are forecasted to grow rapidly in 2021, and for China the growth rate is expected to be 8.3% y/y. In the meantime, there are still many uncertainties with trade wars and geopolitical tensions.

So, for British/European businesses keen to restart business with these fast-growing markets in the post Covid 2021 and beyond, what are the key aspects of their economy, trade, investment and tech trends that you need to know?  And how can you best prepare for them?

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Shirley Ze Yu
Shirley is a leading voice on China’s political economy, Professor, Director of the China-Africa Initiative at the London School of Economics, and a research fellow with the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a professor at the IE Business School, and a distinguished foreign faculty professor at the National Defence University, Pakistan. She is the creator of a daily intelligence and insights newsletter on China for Fortune Global 500 stakeholders – China BIG Idea by Shirley Yu, and a NY-based business talk show Hey China!.

James Kynge
James is global China editor at the Financial Times, based in Hong Kong. He is also editor of #techAsia, a newsletter Asian tech themes. His bestselling book, China Shakes the World, was published in 2009.

Steven Lynch
Steven is the Managing Director at the British Chamber of Commerce in China. He has over 10 years of experience in business development, events management and developing strategic UK-China business relations, and has been leading the British Chamber team since 2017. The British Chamber was established on 1 April 1981 as the Association of British Commerce in China with a mission to be the independent voice of British business in China.


Ting Zhang, Founder & CEO,
Ting is a thought leader on UK- China trade and investment, and her expertise have been called by governments, businesses and think-tanks alike. On a daily basis, she is passionate about providing high-quality, value-for-money online business services for better engagement with China and beyond.