Focus Asia 2018
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