China's BRI in Southeast Asia and Future Prospects

September 16, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Direct Chinese involvement in Southeast Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) began in 2013. Designed as a catalyst for regional growth, BRI infrastructure projects bring Chinese revenue and people directly into Southeast Asia, contributing to the porousness of nation-state borders in the region.

Mary Mostafanezhad (Geography/Environment, University of Hawaii at Manoa). Her NSF-funded research explores transboundary haze pollution, produced in part by current BRI projects, across three Southeast Asian countries: Myanmar, Thailand and Lao PDR. She’ll bring grounded Southeast Asian perspectives on BRI impacts to this discussion.

Jefferson Fox (Research Program, East-West Center). His NSF- and NASA-funded research on land-use and land-cover change in Southeast Asia examines the impact of these changes on the region and global environment. He’ll focus on the impacts of BRI-related road and dam construction in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Wang Xiaojun (Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa). His main research interests in China include macroeconomic perspectives on the Chinese ecology and labor market reforms. He’ll provide context on BRI issues that affect its implementation in SEA.

Elina Noor (Political-Security Affairs, Asia Society). Until recently with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies, her research focuses on security developments in Southeast Asia. She brings perspectives on the articulation between BRI initiatives in Southeast Asia and regional security issues.

Henryk Szadziewski (PhD student, Geography/Environment, University of Hawaii at Manoa). He brings academic and applied experience in Uyghur human rights to his dissertation research on China’s impact in its far peripheries. His ongoing focus on community responses to Chinese ex-pats running BRI projects in Fiji helps place Southeast Asian responses in broader context.

Cathryn Clayton (Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa). With more than 20 years’ experience in Macau, Cathryn Clayton will moderate this webinar series. Her focus on conceptions and practices of Chinese sovereignty throughout and after colonial interventions offers insights on the political impacts of BRI in Southeast Asia.

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Center for Chinese Studies/Center for Southeast Asian Studies/East West Center, Mānoa Campus

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