China's economic outlook

Mr Ronnie Chan, Co-Chair, Asia Society and Chairman, Hang Lung Group

SYDNEY, Thursday 15 March 2012 - Asia Society AustralAsia Centre hosted a private CEO luncheon briefing in Sydney with guest of honour, Mr Ronnie C Chan, Co-Chair, Asia Society and Chairman, Hang Lung Group.

Hosted by Mr Hugh Morgan AC, Chairman Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, and Mr Mark Crean, Chairman, Freehills, the special luncheon briefing provided guests with an excellent opportunity to engage Mr Ronnie Chan in discussion.

Mr Chan, one of Hong Kong’s and China’s top property developers, investors and philanthropists, delivered a forthright assessment on China’s economic outlook.  Mr Chan also commented on the impact of change in the senior leadership and the ramifications for Asia and US-China relations.

Mr Ronnie Chan joined the Hang Lung Group in 1972 and became Chairman in 1991.  He is also Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Limited.  Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, dealing in real estate investment, development and management.  Founded in 1960, it expanded into mainland China in 1992.  Hang Lung has been investing US$5 billion and building commercial complexes in several Chinese cities, including Tianjin, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi and Dalian.  Mr. Chan founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is a co-founder and a director of the Director’s Circle of the Palace Museum and of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is an Advisor and former Vice President of the China Development Research Foundation of China's State Council.  Mr Chan is also the Chairman of the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.  

Internationally, Mr Chan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Committee of 100, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. 

Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published numerous articles in International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and Japan Times.

The event for corporate members was generously sponsored by Freehills, Sydney, under the Chatham House Rule.