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Focus Asia 2018

December 7, 2018 - 09:15-17:00

China’s role in Southeast Asia

This one-day symposium will investigate the multiple roles that China plays in Southeast Asia with particular focus on how China influences political and democratic development in the region. It will also address 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


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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Focus Asia 2018


December 7, 2018


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