Post-pandemic policies and China’s 14th five-year plan take centre stage at China Conference: Southeast Asia

HONG KONG, 23 February 2021 – The South China Morning Post’s successful China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) returns on 25-26 February with a compelling lineup of speakers including Minister for Trade and Industry of Republic of Singapore Chan Chun Sing and former Deputy Director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Xu Ze.

Themed “Beyond the Pandemic: From crisis to opportunity”, the two-day live-stream conference will cover issues impacting the cooperation between China and Southeast Asia including China’s 14th five-year plan, US-China economic decoupling and maritime diplomacy. The event will also include discussions on post-pandemic business opportunities and key growth issues in Southeast Asia such as business travel and tourism, strategies to reopening economies, women & youth issues, and digital health and much more. 

Mr Xu, currently President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, will kick off the conference with perspectives on how China’s upcoming 14th five-year blueprint will affect Southeast Asia’s future economic recovery, trade and investments. Minister Chan, who is responsible for driving Singapore’s economic and industrial development, will offer insights on Asia’s future in the post-pandemic era and how the region can work towards the ‘next normal’.

The event will also feature foreign policy experts including former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines Ambassador Delia Albert, who will address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the progress of gender equality and leadership in Asia. Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr Dino Patti Djalalm will discuss how ASEAN can help avert conflicts in the South China Sea amid US-China rivalry and the necessary steps needed to uphold regional stability and maritime security. 

The conference brings together over 60 speakers from 12 different countries to discuss opportunities beyond pandemic and current issues impacting Southeast Asia. The compelling line-up includes top government officials, policymakers as well as business and health experts such as Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, the National University of Singapore and Singaporean former diplomat; Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group; Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia, Rockefeller Foundation; Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow, Fung Global Institute; Dr Huiyao Wang, President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG), and Prof Dale Fisher, Professor of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Chair, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO.; and Raymond Alimurung, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Philippines; and Prof. Hans Genberg, Senior Director of Banking and Finance Programs, Professor of Economics, Asia School of Business. A detailed agenda is available here, as well as the full list of speakers.

Please visit www.chinaconference.asia for more details. Kindly email muriel.cheung@scmp.com to register for access passes. 

  Other speakers at China Conference: Southeast Asia include:
  • Xu Ze, President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies and former Deputy Director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
  • Minister Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Republic of Singapore
  • Amb Delia Albert, Senior Adviser, SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.​, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
  • Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder of Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) and Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Indonesia  
  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group, Indonesia
  • Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia, Rockefeller Foundation, Thailand
  • Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong, Malaysia
  • Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Singaporean former diplomat, Singapore
  • Dr Huiyao Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG), China
  • Prof Dale Fisher, Professor of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Chair, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO, Singapore  
  • Raymond Alimurung, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Philippines  
  • Dr Dan Fineman, Co-Head of Equity Strategy for Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse, Thailand
  • Tan Bin Ru, CEO (Southeast Asia), OneConnect Financial Technology; Co-Chairwoman, Blockchain Association Singapore  
  • Lee Limeng, CEO, Razer Fintech and CSO Razer Inc, Singapore
  • Dr Dario Heymann, Chief Research Officer, Galen Growth, Singapore
  • Samuel Lin Yanjun,  CEO of International Business, 9F Group, China
  • Atty Kristine Rosary Yuzon-Chaves, Executive Director, Philippine Commission on Women, Manila, Philippines
  • Shahriman Lockman, Director in the Chief Executive’s Office, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia
  • Dr Shameen Prashantham, Professor of International Business and Strategy, Associate Dean, MBA Director, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), China
  • Prof. Hans Genberg, Senior Director of Banking and Finance Programs, Professor of Economics, Asia School of Business, Malaysia 
  • Simon Lacey, Senior Lecturer, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide and former Vice-President, Trade Facilitation and Market Access, Huawei Technologies China, Australia  
  • Dr Wu Shicun, President, China Institute of South China Sea Studies, China
  • Dr Mary Pan, Chief Operating Officer, Health Decisions, USA
  • Christopher Ong, Managing Director for DHL Express Singapore
  • Yinglan Tan, founder of Insignia Ventures Partners, Singapore
  • Jasmmine Wong, CEO (Greater China and Singapore), Inchcape Motors Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Hoda Abou-Jamra, Founding Partner, TVM Capital Healthcare, Singapore
  • Paul Feldhausen, Director of Growth Operations & Partnerships, Holmusk, Singapore
  • Simone Puorto, Founder, CEO, and Futurist, Travel Singularity, France 
  • Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute, Philippines
  • Zhihan Lee, Co-Founder and Group CEO, BagoSphere and Ashoka Fellow, Philippines
  • Veronica Colondam, Founder & CEO, YCAB Foundation, Indonesia
  • Hayley Roffey, Managing Director, Designated Safeguard Lead and Co-lead Global Development Team, Global Fund for Children, UK
  • En Lee, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments Asia, LGT, Singapore
  • Pham Ngoc Minh Trang, Lecturer, Faculty of International Relations, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Vietnam
  • Michael Walsh, CEO of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and Board of Director at Asia Jet Partners Malaysia, Hong Kong 
  • Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council, USA 
  • David Bishop, Associate Professor of Teaching, The University of Hong Kong and Fudan University, Hong Kong  
  • Trinh Nguyen. Senior Economist, Emerging Asia, Natixis, Hong Kong  
  • JP Gan, Founding Partner, INCE Capital, China
  • Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder and Executive Chairman, Edukasyon.ph, Philippines
  • Maria Holtsberg, Regional Advisor for Humanitarian and DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction), UN Women for Asia Pacific, Thailand
  • Thomas Tsao, Founding Partner, Gobi Partners, Malaysia
  • Michael Brosowski, Founder & co-CEO, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, Vietnam  
  • Christian Honegger,  Chief Executive Officer, TC Acoustic, Singapore
  • Dr Karen Grépin, Associate Professor, Division of Health Economics, Policy and Management, University of Hong Kong
  • Blair Crichton, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Karana, Singapore

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About the China Conference

South China Morning Post’s China Conference was first launched in 2015 with the aim of setting the agenda for China watchers, business leaders and government officials around the world. Convening hundreds of thought-leaders at each event, renowned experts have debated pressing issues surrounding the world’s second-largest economy, and fostered better understanding and elevated thought about China’s culture, society, industries and economy. The event has been held in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and the United States. Visit https://sea.chinaconference.scmp.com/ for more details.

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