Pavilion 4, Conference Hall 4.2 TV arena

Having sustained unprecedented growth over the past three decades, Asia and in particular China, has developed into a remarkable economic power. However, Russian trade and investment with these regional markets is relatively small, and the question remains as to how far Russia should shift its attention eastwards. 1) What are the political, cultural and business issues which could help accelerate closer bilateral economic relations, and what are the potential hindrances? 2) How does China see Russia's role in the context of its own development? Are they destined to be competitors, collaborators, or both? How might Russia's economic engagement with China move beyond being simply a provider of natural resources? 3) Would a shift in Russia's priorities eastwards necessarily come at the expense of its traditionally strong ties with the West, particularly with Europe and the US? How might stronger economic ties transform the political and economic landscape of both countries?

Nik Gowing , Main Presenter, BBC World News

Oleg Deripaska , President, Member of the Board of Directors, RUSAL
Eckhard Cordes , Chairman, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations
Dr. Bobo Lo , Independent scholar and consultant
Prof. K. C. Chan , Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, SAR Hong Kong

Sergey Grigoriev , Deputy General Director, SUEK
Shiv Vikram Khemka , Vice Chairman, SUN Group
Dennis Nally , Chairman, PwC International
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Mikhail Shamolin , President, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Board Director, Chairman of the Management Board, Sistema
Hu Shuli , Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media Company
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)