In November 2022, at the 25th ASEAN-China Summit held in Phnom Penh, the two sides announced ASEAN-China Joint Statement on Strengthening Common and Sustainable Development, emphasizing the effective synergy between statements and visions put forward by ASEAN and China will be conducive to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in the region and beyond. A new chapter of bilateral partnership is expected to unleashed, heading toward high-standard cooperation.
Since the establishment of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations in 1991, cooperative relations between both sides have been tested and deepened. Driven by free trade mechanisms such as the upgraded China-ASEAN FTA and the RCEP, the trade volume between both sides has grown rapidly. In 2022, China remained ASEAN's largest trading partner for the 13th consecutive year, while ASEAN became China's largest trading partner. Even so, trade frictions and geopolitical crises in recent years had increased future economic uncertainties. With the international economic situation keeps changing, China and ASEAN cannot be isolated from the outside world. How can China and ASEAN make joint effort to boost the economic recovery in the face of major challenges is worth addressing.
Against such background, the webinar hosted by China Development Institute (CDI) and KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific (KSI) will provide a platform for exchanges on the cooperation and challenges we are facing. This event has lasted for several years and we are grateful to those participating think tanks for their contribution of knowledge and wisdom.
- Facing growing geopolitical competitions and protectionism in the post-pandemic era, how can China better integrate to the regional economic cooperation with ASEAN?
- What challenges and risks still remain when it comes to synergizing the Belt and Road Initiative and Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 in jointly enhancing connectivity and stability of regional supply chain, and how should they be addressed properly?
- What could be done in the region to promote cooperation with the opportunity of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital transformation to achieve green industrialization and sustainable growth?
*In order of appearance
Guo Wanda, Executive Vice President, China Development Institute
Dr. Guo specializes in macroeconomics, economic and social development of Hong Kong and Macao, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation, low-carbon economy, urbanization and industrial economics. He played leading roles in research projects commissioned by Chinese central and local governments. His published books include Perspective on the Development between Shenzhen & Hong Kong and the Integration of the PRD Region, etc. He was awarded Chevening Fellowship by the British government in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Nankai University, China.
Fan Gang, President of China Development Institute
Prof. Fan is President of the China Development Institute, and also Director of the National Economic Research Institute (NERI) and Chairman of the China Reform Foundation in Beijing, China. He is Professor of Economics at Peking University. He served as an independent member of the Monetary Policy Committee of China’s Central Bank from 2006 to 2010, and again from 2015 to 2018, and is an advisor to various departments of the Chinese central government and provincial governments. Prof. Fan served as an economic consultant to various international organizations and played leading roles in research projects commissioned by the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, OECD, etc. He was listed as one of “100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy in 2010.
Michael Yeoh, President of the KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific
Dr. Michael Yeoh is the President of KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific. He has served as Malaysia's representative with Ambassadorial status to the ASEAN High Level Task Force on ASEAN Connectivity. He has also served as a Commissioner in the Malaysia Competition Commission, the Human Rights Commission and was appointed as an Advisory Board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. He is also the founding Chairman of the World Chinese Economic Summit and the ASEAN Leadership Forum. He has authored several books and spoken at many international conferences. Dr Yeoh was recently appointed to the United Nations ESCAP Business Advisory Council.
Li Gang, Vice President of China Association of International Trade
Former Vice President of Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation. Mr. Li’s research interest includes China's foreign trade; China's foreign investment; WTO/GATT; regional economic cooperation (APEC, ASEM, Shanghai Cooperation Organization); bilateral economic and trade relations between China and the European Union; Sino-Russian economic and trade relations, etc.
Yose Damuri, Executive Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia
Dr. Damuri also teaches International Economics courses at the Faculty of Economics University of Indonesia. His research activities focus on international trade, regional integration and globalization of value chain. He is active in several research and advisory networks both in Indonesia and in East Asia, such as Indonesia Service Dialogue (ISD) and Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT). He received his PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), Geneva, Switzerland.
Lam Peng Er, Principal Research Fellow of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr. Lam Peng Er obtained his PhD from Columbia University and is a political scientist. His publications have appeared in international journals such as the Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Lam’s latest single-authored book is Japan’s Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (New York and London: Routledge, 2009). Other books include: Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond (London and New York: Routledge, 2013) edited, Japan’s Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) edited and Green Politics in Japan (London: Routledge, 1999). He is an executive editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (A Journal of the Japan Association of International Relations published by Oxford University Press) and Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Journal of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University).
Suthipand Chirathivat, Director of ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Professor Suthiphand previously held a position as Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Transport and Communications, thus including Economic Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Thai Parliament. He was recently in the Advisory Committee for the ASEAN 2030 project, run by the Asian Development Bank Institute and other research projects supported by the ASEAN Secretariat. His academic interests involve the issues related to international trade, investment, finance, regional integration and development, and new emerging issues in Asia in relation to the global economy and society. Recent publications include Celebrating the Third Decade and Beyond: New Challenges to ASEAN-India Economic Partnership (co-eds) (2017), Global Economic Uncertainties and Southeast Asian Economies (co-eds) (2016).
Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, Vice President of Thailand Development Research Institute
Dr. Rattanakhamfu is also Research Director of Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development. Her research interests include innovation policy, industrial policy, and ASEAN trade and investment policy. She obtained Ph. D. in Economics from University of Melbourne, Australia.
Nguyen Minh Thao, Director of Business and Market Research Department, Central Institute of Economic Management, Vietnam
Thuta Aung, Chairman of the Mandalay Forum for East Asian Studies, Myanmar
Thuta Aung went to Oxford Brookes University for postgraduate education and earned a scholarship to complete his Master’s of Research in Management and Business at the Open University Business School. He received executive education at the University of Auckland as part of New Zealand’s government-funded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Business Leaders Initiative (YBLI) program. Thuta is the Co-founder of HamsaHub, having represented Myanmar at the ASEAN and South Asian regional forums.
Kin Phea, Director General of International Relations Institute of Cambodia, Royal Academy of Cambodia
Director General of International Relations Institute of Cambodia. Dr. Kin has previously worked at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and Department of Diplomatic Studies of the Royal Academy of Cambodia. He has also been nominated as Special Senior Research Fellow of the National Institute for Global Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences since 2016. In November 2017, he was appointed as Member of National Council of Khmer Language (NCKL) and Chairman of Committee of Political Science Terminology of NCKL. Dr. Kin obtained Master in Political Science and PhD in Political Science from the Royal Academy of Cambodia.