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ISDP Forum with Dr. Dai Yonghong on China and South Asia: Sichuan and Tibet’s Role in Sub-regional Cooperation
September 4, 2014 - 10:00-11:30
With Dr. Dai Yonghong, Research Professor of International Relations and World Economy at Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and Director of Center for Myanmar Studies, Sichuan University, China.
Much attention has been focused on President Xi Jinping’s “Silk Road Economic Belt” initiative connecting China with Europe through Central and West Asia, as well as that of establishing a “Maritime Silk Road.” Part of China’s opening up and development strategies, both intend to create economic belts for win-win cooperation and mutual benefit.
Rather less studied but of crucial importance for China is increasing channels and cooperation with the eight countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)—home to 1.5 billion people. Adjoining this region, the provinces of Sichuan (as the largest economy in west China) and Tibet (with the longest border with the SAARC countries) have the potential to play an important role in sub-regional cooperation by participating in the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” and “Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor” (BCIM) Initiatives. This can benefit both Sichuan and Tibet (and so China) as well as the SAARC countries in realizing the goals of political stability and economic development.
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Time: Thursday, September 4, 10.00 – 11.30
Place: ISDP, Västra Finnbodavägen 2, Stockholm-Nacka. For a map and directions, please go here.
To attend: RSVP to Ms. Lisa Bäckman at [email protected]