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Focus Asia 2018

7 December

China’s role in Southeast Asia


This one-day symposium investigated the multiple roles that China plays in Southeast Asia with particular focus on how China influences political and democratic development in the region. It also addressed domestic challenges within China to the country’s assertive development strategy connecting China with Southeast Asia.  



09.15-09.30     Astrid Norén-Nilsson, Welcome and Introduction

09.30-10.30     Andrew Mertha, ”Wagging the Dog: Cambodia’s Frustrating Relationship with China”

10.30-10.45     Coffee break

10.45-11.45     Kheang Un, “China’s “no-strings attached”: Aiding the status quo in Cambodia”

11.45-13.00     Lunch break

13.00-14.00     Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux, "Expecting normative change in Southeast Asia, driven by the rise of China: A set of hypotheses exemplified and discussed with a focus on the ´New Malaysia´"

14.00-15.00     Yos Santasombat, “Rent Capitalism and Shifting Plantations in the Mekong Borderlands: A Challenge of Chinese Economic Influence in Southeast Asia”

15.00-15.30     Coffee break

15.30-16.30     Bertil Lintner, “The Myanmar Corridor”

16.30-17.00     Wrap-up panel discussion



Street photo from Vietnam
Photo by Tran Phu on Unsplash
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when and where

When: 7 December, 09:15 - 17:00

Where: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund

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Poster for focus asia 2018, photo from street in cambodia

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund

Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
E-mail: info [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se