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11/08/2018 - 11/08/2018 | Berlin

Competing Connectivity Strategies: Infrastructure Politics in Asia and Beyond

GIGA Talk Berlin: Lectures and Discussion

The global economic centre of gravity is shifting towards Asia. China, India, and Japan are all competing for influence. They follow different strategies to closer interconnect Asian countries as well as the region as a whole with the world at large via networks of transportation and through energy projects. China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has captured the headlines as the most comprehensive and ambitious plan linking Asia and Europe. Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” foresees infrastructure investments from South-East Asia to East Africa. India’s “Act East” policy seeks closer relations with South-East Asia via infrastructure investments.

Where do these different connectivity strategies converge? Where will they result in conflicts, where in cooperation? How will these projects be financed? Against the background of prevailing geopolitical tensions, the GIGA Talk will discuss Chinese, Indian, and Japanese motivations and major projects within Asia and beyond and investigate the implications of them for Europe and for Germany itself.

Speakers:
Dr. Sreeradha Datta, Senior Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi
Dr. Margot Schüller, Associate at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
Dr. Christian Wirth, Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

Commentary:
Friedolin Strack, Managing Director and Coordinator Germany, Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business
Alexander Schönfelder, Director for Technology Policy, Trade-, Finance- and Sanctions Policy and Investment Promotion at the German Federal Foreign Office

Moderation:
Dr. Johannes Plagemann, Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies and Speaker of the Research Team “Ideas and Agency”

Information on participating / attending:
Please confirm your attendance by 1 November 2018 by sending an e-mail to berlin-registration@giga-hamburg.de.

The Chatham House Rule applies to this event. Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair accessible.

Date:

11/08/2018 18:00 - 11/08/2018 19:30

Registration deadline:

11/01/2018

Event venue:

GIGA Berlin Office
Friedrichstraße 206
- Entrance Zimmerstraße -
10969 Berlin
Berlin
Germany

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars

Relevance:

international

Subject areas:

Economics / business administration, Politics

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture, Seminar / workshop / discussion

Entry:

10/24/2018

Sender/author:

Verena Schweiger

Department:

Fachabteilung Kommunikation

Event is free:

yes

Language of the text:

English

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event61927


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