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China’s Rising Influence: Will Singapore and ASEAN need to choose sides?

07 Sep China’s Rising Influence: Will Singapore and ASEAN need to choose sides?

In an age marked by uncertainty, the world is increasingly looking to China. The ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is set to expand China’s role as an economic and strategic partner for many countries in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. In addition, China’s growing influence comes at a time when the United States seems to be turning increasingly inward, leaving China as the potential global leader in many aspects of international affairs. In this context, how should Singapore and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) manage relations with China?

Mr. Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Prof. Wang Gungwu, Chairman, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; and East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 7 September 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm; Talk commences at 6pm)
Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road (Level 4M) Tower 1,
The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub,
Singapore 238890


5:30pm Registration & Networking Reception
6:00pm Welcome Remarks by Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
6:05pm China’s Rising Influence: Will Singapore and ASEAN need to choose sides?
6:35pm Question and Answer Session
6:55pm Closing Remarks
7:00pm End


Admission is by invitation only. For more information or to express your interest in attending the event, please kindly email us at and we will get back to you shortly.