Webinar: China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and Host Countries’ Bargaining Power in Southeast Asia: What are Enabling Conditions?
Date and Time: Aug 23 2022 | 10:00am – 11:15am (Singapore Time)
This is a HYBRID event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).
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About the Seminar
‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) has been characterized by power asymmetry between China and host countries. Failure or pitfall has often been blamed on weaker, ‘co-opted’ recipient governments. Yet, based on cases from Southeast Asia, this webinar presents that host countries do have some agency to shape BRI projects to meet their needs and reduce adverse impacts. The webinar discusses enabling conditions related to investment and aid policies, internal politics, political opportunism, and civil society.
About the Speaker
Dr. Chanrith Ngin is Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow at ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute and Honorary Academic at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also co-editor of Routledge Studies and Handbook in Global Land and Resource Grabbing. Previously, Dr. Ngin was Senior Research Fellow and Professional Teaching Fellow at The University of Auckland and Designated Professor at Nagoya University Cambodia Satellite Campus.