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Interpreting Policy for Business

On this episode we speak with China Policy's Managing Director Philippa Jones on China's policy framework. We look at how policy is formulated in China and how interpreting policy can feed into the strategy of Australian business. Philippa outlines the importance of 5 year plans, China's public policy debates and the country's evolution towards rules based governance. We also take a look at major policy initiatives, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, ChAFTA, China 2025 and China's climate policy. 

A regulatory and trade policy specialist, Philippa set up China Policy following a career in research and the public sector. First studying in Beijing in 1975, she has now worked in China-related research and policy development for over thirty years. 

From 2004-9 Philippa was senior advisor at the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP), the EU’s largest trade-related technical assistance program worldwide. At the EUCTP Philippa led the agriculture, quarantine, quality and standards programs. Responsible for standards issues across all sectors, Philippa’s own focus was on risk and safety.

Prior to joining the EUCTP Philippa was a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 1999-2003 she served as trade policy specialist at Beijing’s Australian Embassy, a time of regulatory watershed in China. Following accession to the WTO in 2001, China embarked upon a major program of economic and legal reform that continues today.

Philippa holds an honours degree in Chinese and economics from the University of Oxford.