November 15, 2012
What is the chance that a leadership transition is happening in both China and the U.S.? Actually, it only happens once every forty years, yet this week – only days after the U.S. election – China opened the 18th National Congress, announcing the new leadership for the next five years. At this historic moment, China is looking at promoting science and technological innovation, as well as strategic readjustment of the country’s economic and political structure. The leadership is also expected to give new impetus to sustainable economic growth, and to face challenges such as widespread pollution and food safety.
These leadership changes will affect associations both in China and the U.S. Associations can play a key role in promoting knowledge exchange and improvement in areas like industry-wide safety standards. China-based associations may gradually have a strategic position to align member company needs and these countries’ goals and enhance professional training and education.