Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge


About the Webinar

In this webinar, Murray Hiebert will discuss his new book, Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge, in which he describes how China’s spectacular economic growth has propelled its Southeast Asian neighbours out of poverty while its buckets of cash, cement and workers have started to help finance the region’s infrastructure gaps. However, Beijing’s increased assertiveness in the South China Sea has the region anxious about its outsize ambitions and its holding back water behind dams along the Mekong River have mainland Southeast Asian countries fretting about the future of the river and their agriculture. In addition, the huge spontaneous migration of ethnic Chinese in Myanmar, Laos, Bangkok and Manila has the region apprehensive about the long-term implications for their cultural identity. The speaker will discuss China’s complex toolbox in Southeast Asia and how countries in the region view Beijing’s long-term political, economic, military and “soft power” goals.

About the Speaker

Murray Hiebert is a Senior Associate of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. Prior to joining CSIS in 2011, Hiebert was senior director for Southeast Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Earlier he was a journalist in the China bureau of The Wall Street Journal. Before that he was based in Kuala Lumpur for the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER). In the early 1990s, he was one of the first western journalists allowed to open a FEER bureau in Vietnam as the country opened its economy. Hiebert joined the magazine in the Bangkok bureau in 1986 to cover developments in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.


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Sep 03 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am