Events CITBA Webinar Series #1 – Trade Mega-regionalism and Great Power Geo-economic Competition

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Tue, 14 Mar 2023

CITBA Webinar Series #1 – Trade Mega-regionalism and Great Power Geo-economic Competition

When: 14 March 2023, 11:30am -- 12:30pm
Location:Online Webinar

The lecture focuses on mega-regionalism as a new format of governing and organising international trade relations that sits between unilateralism and multilateralism. The emergence of mega-regionalism since the late 2000s can be explained by competition between the United States, China and the European Union for economic benefits, geopolitical influence and normative authority. Momentum towards mega-regionalism in particular and trade liberalisation in general has, however, been held back by Trumpism and protectionism. The implications of the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Strategy will also be discussed.

Host & Moderator

Dr Sook Rei Tan

Lecturer of Business, James Cook University Singapore

Dr Sook Rei Tan was a research fellow at Economics department of Nanyang Technological University, before joining James Cook University Singapore. Her research interests include applied macroeconomics and international finance. Specifically, her current research focuses on panel data estimation on the relationship between financial openness indicators and financial stability of emerging market economies.

Her research works have been accepted and presented at several conferences, such as Conference of Computing in Economics and Finance, INFER Workshop on Applied Macroeconomics, Workshop on Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents and Singapore Economic Review Conference.


Dr Xianbai Ji

Associate Professor of School of International Studies, Renmin University of China

Dr Xianbai Ji is Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. He is also Director of the Office of Continuing Education and Executive Director of the International Political Economy Research Center within the School.

He works on regionalism, global economic governance and economic sanctions. He obtained his doctorate from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as a Nanyang President Graduate Scholar. Before joining Renmin University of China, he held research or visiting positions at RSIS, EU Centre in Singapore and the Australian National University.

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