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Sino-American “War” and the 2019 Outlook

31 Jan Sino-American “War” and the 2019 Outlook

The US and China are currently in the midst of a ceasefire in their trade war. But will the US and China reach a lasting agreement on terms of trade and market access? Or should we prepare for a wider strategic rivalry between both major economies? Beyond the trade war, markets are also being affected by higher US interest rates, uncertainty over Brexit, and lingering fallout from currency crises in economies like Turkey and Argentina. Within ASEAN, the key economies of Indonesia and Thailand are heading into contentious elections in the coming months. In light of these trends, what lies ahead for the global economy in 2019?

  • How will Singapore and ASEAN businesses fare in 2019?
  • The IMF is forecasting slow global growth in 2019. Is this a temporary or longer-term slowdown
  • The trade war has helped some ASEAN economies, with production and investment shifting to the region. But what will happen if US-China tensions persist?


Tan Sri Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council
Ms. Selena Ling, Chief Economist, OCBC Bank

Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Event Details
Topic: “Sino-American “War” and the 2019 Outlook”
Date: Thursday, 31 January 2019
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm; a cocktail reception, Refreshments with vegetarian options, will be provided.)
Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road (Level 4M) Tower 1,
The Atrium @ Orchard, International Involvement Hub,
Singapore 238890

5:30pm Registration
6:00pm Opening Remarks by Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay
6:05pm Remarks by Panellists on the Sino-American “War” and the 2019 Outlook
6:30pm Discussion and Q&A Session
6:55pm Closing Remarks by Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay
7:00pm Cocktail Reception
8:00pm END

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