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Webinar | Cold War: US-China Tensions and the Fallout of COVID-19

06 May Webinar | Cold War: US-China Tensions and the Fallout of COVID-19


(Please note that the synopsis may be subjected to changes.)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had significant implications for global health, but its impact on the US-China relationship has been equally important. Driven by domestic imperatives, Beijing and Washington have engaged in a war of words to shape the narrative of the outbreak. Yet, both countries need each other – the US would benefit from Chinese medical equipment and expertise, while China would benefit from demand from external markets such as the US to jumpstart its economy. Cooperation, however, appears unlikely at this stage. Much is at stake for both countries, and their interactions over the next few months would shape both their recovery from COVID-19 and their future relationship. This, in turn, would have significant implications for Southeast Asia’s own recovery from the ravages of the outbreak, and impact the overall geopolitical landscape of the region.

  • How have Washington and Beijing attempted to shape the narrative of the COVID-19 outbreak in their countries and overseas?
  • How is the US-China relationship expected to change over the coming months, and what effect could this have on the economies of both countries?
  • How could US-China tensions affect Southeast Asia’s recovery and geopolitical landscape following the COVID-19 outbreak?


Speaker: Dr. Evan Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Event Details:

Topic: Cold War: US-China Tensions and the Fallout of COVID-19
Date: Wednesday, 6th May 2020
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am (Webinar broadcast opens at 8:55am; Webinar commences at 9:00am.)

8:55am             Webinar broadcast opens
9:00am             Introductory Remarks by Ms. Seraphim Cheong
9:05am             Opening Remarks by Associate Prof. Simon Tay
9:10am             Remarks by Dr. Evan Feigenbaum on the Cold War: US-China Tensions and the Fallout of COVID-19
9:20am             Discussion and Q&A Session
9:55am             Closing Remarks
10:00am           Webinar Ends


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