Published on: 27-Mar-2017
Jointly organised with the Thailand Research Fund and Chiang Mai University, the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and Centre for Chinese Language and Culture of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in NTU hosted an international workshop on Chinese Capitalism and the ASEAN Economic Community on 25 and 26 March 2017. The workshop gathered over 30 scholars from Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Mainland China with wide knowledge on ASEAN economic community building, the rise of China and its growing influence in Southeast Asia, and the changing role of the Chinese diaspora. This is the last academic conference held by HSS before its reorganisation into two separate schools, School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences, on 1 April 2017.
Against the background of China’s rapid rise on the global stage, its increasing influence in Southeast Asia as evidenced by the implementation of the ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy initiated by China’s President Xi Jinping, and the large number of ethnic Chinese residing in ASEAN countries, it has become an imperative to re-examine and re-evaluate China’s role in the ASEAN Economic Community as well as the political and economic dynamics between them. This workshop is a timely response to this demand and could contribute to the theoretical construction of the topic by providing alternative discourses and triggering new discussions as well as to the policy making of the relevant countries by offering policy-oriented recommendations.
The workshop took the form of one-on-one dialogue between presenters from ASEAN countries and discussants from NTU and other institutes in Singapore such as the East Asian Institute and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. HSS faculty members Associate Professor Yow Cheun Hoe, Assistant Professors Chen Chung-An, Kei Koga, Koh Keng We, and Zhou Taomo as well as three research fellows of NCPA took part in the dialogue as discussants. Professor Liu Hong gave a presentation entitled 'New Chinese Capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community Building,” which critically examined the rise of new Chinese businesses in association of the growing presence of China and its implications for the political economy of ASEAN.
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