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About this course

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China is one of the most misinterpreted countries in the world, yet one of the most important to understand. Through its sheer size and integration into international supply chains, China impacts everything. Its meteoric rise and unique development model have transformed the global economy and financial markets in the past two decades.

The Chinese economy is the second largest in the world, with ambitions to be the largest. Over the past couple of years Beijing, under Xi Jinping, has finally started to open China’s financial markets more widely to foreign investors. With the Middle Kingdom home to a large proportion of the world’s savings, financial liberalisation will lead to more dramatic changes in the decades to come.

By the end of this course, you will have learned the basics of how China’s economy, political system and financial markets, (including their stock and bond market), work, and how they affect the rest of the world.

You will understand where China’s GDP growth target comes from, how China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, operates, why China’s real estate market is so important, and many more aspects of the fundamentals of how China works.

You will gain the China knowledge needed to make better-informed investment, business and policymaking decisions, to uncover investment and business opportunities, while guarding against idiosyncratic risks.

Unbiased analysis, real-life examples and practical guidance will equip you with the analytical frameworks and tools to apply to your investment decisions, risk assessments or policymaking. You will learn directly from Enodo Economics’ team of experts, who together have more than 250 years of experience focusing on the economics, politics, markets and culture of China.

We make use of bespoke online teaching videos of a high professional standard. The material, carefully tailored to bring to life the content of each course, includes interviews with relevant figures whose personal stories illuminate the concepts being taught. Imaginative visual aids and animation are designed to enhance the learning experience – and make it fun.

What you'll learn

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  • How China views its role in the world and how that drives policymaking
  • How top-down direction melds with market forces to form a unique hybrid economic model
  • What drives economic growth and shapes its social development
  • How China’s financial markets are changing rapidly, under the careful watch of the state
  • How the Communist Party is navigating turbulent waters both at home and abroad

Chapter 1: China’s hybrid economy and distinct development model

Chapter 2: How the Chinese Communist Party rules, how the state works and how China engages with the world

Chapter 3: China’s policy levers and how financial markets operate

Chapter 4: China’s core values and how policymakers and investors think

Meet your instructors

Diana Choyleva
Macroeconomic and Financial Markets Analysis
Enodo Economics
Nigel Inkster
Geopolitical and Intelligence Analysis
Enodo Economics
Dinny McMahon
Banking and Financial Markets Analysis
Enodo Economics

Learner testimonials

Janet L. Yellen : Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, and advisor to the Magellan Group. Chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014.

“Understanding the Chinese economy is not for the fainthearted. You have to make sense of the data but also be able to put it in the context of industrial policy, Beijing’s political priorities and so on. I liken it to doing a jigsaw without being able to see the picture on the box. Yet that’s what Diana Choyleva does so well in her regular commentary, which I’ve really enjoyed following, and now with the Enodo Economics program she’s put together for edX. Take the courses and you’ll learn not only how to put the various pieces of the China puzzle together, you’ll get to see the whole picture.”


Orit Gadiesh: Chairman Bain & Co

“China matters. Even more than you realise. If you want to thrive and succeed in business, consulting, investing or policymaking you must really understand China and how it shapes the world. This EdX programme created by Enodo Economics will help you do just that and stay at the top of your game. It’s rare to find unbiased, thoughtful and practical teaching by great communicators, but this is it. An indispensable guide.”