In what has been referred to as the Asian Century, the most crucial event so far has been the rise of China. For better or worse, the country‘s increased influence is undeniable and has major implications for International Relations in the Asia-Pacific region. China remains a leading growth engine of the global economy. At the same time, Beijing has taken an increasingly assertive stance vis-a-vis its neighbors and the US, tightened its control of domestic internet usage, and is attempting to build a cutting-edge, self-reliant tech sector by 2020.
Is China replacing the US as the dominant regional power? What are the implications of China‘s rise for your business, institution, or department? What do growing tensions between China and its neighbors mean for you and your work? How will Beijing‘s influence affect investment opportunities in emerging markets such as Myanmar?
I co-founded Think Asia Group, a political risk consultancy, and I have advised various major international organizations as regards the political and economic environment in the APAC region. I have also been an Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
When China‘s President Xi Jinping visited the UK in the fall of 2015 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel went to China shortly after, I was interviewed by various Chinese media outlets on Europe-China relations.
I will speak on what the latest political developments regarding International Relations in the Asia-Pacific region mean for you and your business or institution.