China -- Reading the Tea-leaves of the 17th Party Congress

London, UK - 25 October 2007, 09:34 GMT

Dear ATCA Colleagues

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We are grateful to:

. Andrew Leung, CEO, AL International, London, UK, and frequent visitor to China for "China Metamorphosis -- Reading the Tea-leaves of China's 17th Party Congress."

Dear DK and Colleagues

Re: China Metamorphosis -- Reading the Tea-leaves of China's 17th Party Congress

With abated breath following the conclusion of the much-watched 17th Communist Party of China (CPC) Party Congress, the world's media has finally met the new line-up of China's leadership at a press conference in Beijing. But what will this new line-up signify to China and the rest of the world? Various speculations on behind-the-scene machinations and the significance of what often sounds like political rhetoric remain to challenge observers. To some, the whole ritual appears no better than a Chinese riddle, if not one wrapped inside a puzzle in the midst of an enigma.

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Best regards

Andrew K P Leung, SBS, FRSA

Andrew Leung has over 40 years of experience in various senior positions in Hong Kong working closely with mainland China, with a focus on commerce, industry, finance, banking, transport, social welfare and diplomatic representation. During a mid-career sabattical, he helped set up Standard Chartered Asia Limited, a merchant banking subsidiary in Hong Kong. He was twice sponsored personally by the US Government on briefing visits to the United States, including a month-long visit to brief Chairmen and CEOs of multi-nationals on China post-Tiananmen Square. He was sponsored by the Economist as a speaker at the China conference in Berlin with the German Foreign Affairs Institute. He was invited to brief personally the Duke of York and the Lord Mayor of London prior to their China visits. Andrew has founded Andrew Leung International Consultants Limited, an international China business consultancy based in London. He has addressed numerous local and international business and strategic organizations on China. He appears regularly on live television interviews on China with CNBC Europe, BBC, and Bloomberg. He has contributed many commentaries on China for various distinguished organizations including ATCA. His audience includes finance and investment houses, institutional investors, large businesses, think tanks, and governments.

Andrew is on the Governing Council of King's College London; the Advisory Board of Nottingham University's China Policy Institute; and the Executive Committee of the 48 Group Club with historical and working links with the Chinese leadership. He chairs the China Interest Group of the Institute of Directors' City Branch. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and elected to the Executive Committee of the RSA London Region. He is on the Brain Trust of the Evian Group, a think tank founded in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a Visiting Professor of the International MBA Programmes of China's Sun Yat-Sen and Lingnan Universities (2005-6) and a Visiting Professor at NIMBAS University, Utrecht, Holland (2006). He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) in the 2005 Hong Kong's Honours List. He has qualifications from the University of London, Cambridge University, The Law Society and Harvard Business School. He speaks Cantonese and Mandarin and practices Chinese calligraphy as well as Chinese painting.


We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.

Best wishes

For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)

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