Debates Videoconferences
from 09:15 to 12:30
from Tuesday 9 November 2021 09:15 to Wednesday 10 November 2021 12:30
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East Asia’s Evolving Economic Order: Toward Cohesion or Fragmentation? Videoconference

The era of hyper globalization is now transforming into an age of geoeconomics, where trade and economic relations are increasingly conditioned by national security concerns. What impact will this shift have on the regional trade architecture and economic strategies in East Asia?  



Introductory remarks
09:15 - 09:30 Paris CET

  • Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
  • François Chih-chung Wu, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in France


Taiwan’s strategy to compete in the global economy
09:30 - 10:05 Paris CET

Interview with the Honorable John C.C. Deng, Minister without Portfolio, Taiwan

  • Topics to discuss: Taiwan’s industrial policy, including on re-shoring and supply chain reorganization, and foreign trade and investment strategy, including relations with PRC, trade diversification, negotiations with the US, and relations with Europe.

Interviewer: Françoise Nicolas, Senior Economist and Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Geoeconomics and the balance of power in East Asia
10:10 - 11:30 Paris CET

Topics of discussion:

  • Geoeconomics – the use of economic power to pursue foreign policy and geopolitical goals – and its implications for the regional economy and balance of power in East Asia.
  • Interdependence and the weaponization of trade and the economy.
  • The tools of geoeconomic power and their use by major powers in the region.
  • The nature, effectiveness and impact of grand “connectivity” strategies – Belt and Road Initiative, Free and Open Indo-Pacific, Build Back Better World, Europe’s Global Gateway, etc.   


  • Anthea Roberts, Professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University
  • Xue Gong, Assistant Professor, China Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technical University
  • Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Associate Professor, Head, Center for Asian Studies, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, National University of Malaysia

Moderator: John Seaman, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


East Asia’s evolving regional trade architecture
09:15 - 10:45 Paris CET

Topics of discussion:

  • Assessment of regional trade arrangements (CPTPP and RCEP) and the changing nature of trade in East Asia.
  • Competing trade strategies of major regional powers and how Taiwan and South Korea find their place.
  • Impact of regional trade agreements on the evolution of the global trade architecture.


  • Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
  • Taeho Bark, President, Lee & Ko Global Commerce Institute, Emeritus Professor, GSIS, Seoul National University, and former Trade Minister, Republic of Korea
  • Roy Chun Lee, Associate Research Fellow and Senior Deputy Executive Director, Taiwan WTO and RTA Center, Chung Hua Institution for Economic Research

Moderator: Françoise Nicolas, Director, Senior Economist, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Restructuring value chains in East Asia: myths and realities
11:00 - 12:30 Paris CET

Topics of discussion:

  • Analysis of strategies to reorganize supply chains and re-shore industries.
  • Value-chain decoupling: myths and realites.
  • Nationalization VS regional re-organization of value chains.
  • What key industries are experiencing significant industrial and geopolitical competition and movement on supply chain reorganization?


  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Chief Economist for the Asia-Pacific, Natixis and Senior Fellow, Bruegel
  • Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Professor, Keio University
  • Jayant Menon, Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS, former Lead Economist, Asian Development Bank

Moderator: Alice Pannier, Research Fellow, Head, Geopolitics of Technology Program, Ifri 

Contact the organizers: 

For more information, write to centreasie@ifri.org

KIMURA_Supply Chains Survived Covid-19_10.11.2021.pdf
MENON_Trade War and Global Supply Chain Relocation_10.11.2021.pdf
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