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Jens
Presthus

Senior Associate
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Jens  Presthus

Jens is a Senior Associate in Global Counsel’s global macro team. While the team’s coverage spans all markets, he focuses on the economics and politics of China and the wider Asian region. This includes helping European and US corporates understand the geopolitics of Asia and its impact on the business environment. He previously worked as a consultant and project manager in the financial services sector, assisting private equity firms with industry mapping in their pre and post-acquisition due diligence processes. 

Latest Insights by Jens Presthus

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China’s engineered economic recovery

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The dust has now settled on China’s latest GDP figures. As usual, even without going into questions about the reliability of official numbers, the data dump has led to some confusion. Strong headline GDP growth has been widely reported, both inside and outside of China – pointing to a strong recovery. However, while China without a doubt currently is doing better than…

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Xi Jinping, the party and China beyond 2022

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The pandemic and its economic fallout may have put Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China (CPC) under enormous pressure, but it has also allowed Xi to tighten his grip on power and widen the party’s role in the Chinese economy. He has done this by launching two campaigns: one that focuses on rooting out corruption in law enforcement, and one that seeks to strengthen…

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The looming risks of China’s corporate social credit system

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China’s corporate social credit system (SCS) is set to be rolled out on a large scale this year. It rates, sanctions and rewards companies operating in China based on a long list of metrics and imposes strict rules that Beijing says aim to root out “untrustworthy” companies. With the social credit system, it could be argued that Beijing is also more strictly enforcing…

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ASEAN and the rise of China’s southwest

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Beijing announced this summer it would establish new free-trade zones in the country’s southwest. This represents a significant development in China’s strategy to boost growth and expand its influence in Southeast Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative. China’s eastern provinces have until now been at the core of Beijing’s “opening up” strategy. But now, amid the…

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