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This is an event that you do not want to miss! A current and very necessary topic as the world economy and business environment is changing drastically due to the recent developments and events in the leading economic nations worldwide.

The political upheavals in 2016 in the West heralded a new period in global politics and economics. Not only is UK leaving the EU, the US president Donald Trump backtracking on the decades-long process of trade liberalization, Russia is still a wildcard on the international market, the TPP has been scrapped, currencies are fluctuating creating new challenges and uncertainty for cross-boarder business and severe damage has been done to America’s reputation as the champion of free trade.

In January 2017, China's president Xi Jinping stepped forward in Davos to unite the rest of the world to protect free trade. While the rise of China has been a ubiquitous topic for pundits for two decades, how a multi-polar world would actually come into being, and how exactly the new and the old big powers would renegotiate their positions vis-à-vis each other, were never quite clear.

Moreover, how the old power would act to fortify its necessarily narrower areas of influence was seldom considered until the election of Donald Trump. Trump acts defensively and treats former foes as friends and former allies as enemies. While most may expect this chaotic condition to end, there is no telling when things would settle down.

The focus of Trump’s reorientation of American foreign policy and economic relations does not seem to be on S-E Asia at all, despite some comments on the South China Sea. With China establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and launching the One Belt One Road Initiative, and countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia becoming fast friends of Beijing very quickly, the future of ASEAN comes into question.

What will be the new geo-strategic game in the region? How will ASEAN economies and societies fare in 2017 from the interaction between their internal dislocations and the large external shocks? How will S-E Asian nations adapt to the new global economical environment.

The Jeffrey Chia Institute and Sunway University are organising a discussion on these topics on 20 March at the Sunway University and we are pleased to extend an Invitation to our members to participate.

TOPIC : Globalisation Enters a New Phase: How Is Southeast Asia to Adapt?

DATE : 20 March 2017 (Mon)

TIME : 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

VENUE : Auditorium JC 2, Level 1, Sunway University


Dr Ooi Kee Beng – Deputy Director of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Prof Woo Wing Thye – President, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia


Ambassador (R) Dato’ M. Redzuan Kushairi – Deputy Chairman, Foreign Policy Study Group

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