Fighting Covid-19: China’s Soft Power Opportunities in Mainland Southeast Asia


About the Webinar

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided China with a window of opportunity to exert regional leadership and influence. It has managed to turn the crisis into a diplomatic and strategic opportunity in mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere. The webinar aims to shed light on China’s public health diplomacy by examining China’s Covid-19 assistance and vaccine diplomacy in mainland Southeast Asia. It argues that the prospect of China’s soft power in the region will continue to rise thanks to its economic resources and to its coalition building on international issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic. But there are remaining concerns over China’s strategic intentions.

About the Speaker

Dr Chheang Vannarith is a public policy analyst and government relations strategist. Currently, he is a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. His research interest focuses on geopolitical and geo-economic analysis of the Mekong region. His latest article on “Cambodia’s embrace of Belt and Road Initiative: Managing asymmetries and maximising authority” got published in Asian Perspective (Spring 2021). He received his PhD in Asia Pacific Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan), Leadership Certificate from the East-West Centre (United States), MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan, and BA in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.


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Jul 14 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am