Eye on Asia: Belt & Road Initiative Revisited–Boon/Bane for Southeast Asia?

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Eye on Asia: Belt & Road Initiative Revisited – Boon or Bane for Southeast Asia?

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Trade and investment is a two-way street. Investments in ASEAN countries have commonly been discussed, but how has the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) improved the volume of trade and investment from ASEAN to China? How can we capitalise on the opportunities arising from BRI and navigate the rising geopolitical tensions in the region? Likewise, how has China’s view of BRI in Southeast Asia changed and what are their considerations?

As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China relations this year, learn more about how the BRI ties into these relations, and the BRI’s effects on Southeast Asia.

This webinar is organised in collaboration with The Young SEAkers, the first and only Southeast Asia-based non-profit with a China and ASEAN angle. It currently has operations in all 10 ASEAN countries and China.


  • Rex Eng, Deputy General Manager, China Singapore International Logistics Park
  • Olivia Siong, Beijing Correspondent, ChannelNewsAsia (CNA)
  • Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
  • Calvin Wee, Co-Founder, The Young SEAkers

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Rex Eng is the Deputy General Manager for China-Singapore (Nanning) International Logistics Park. He heads the international business divisions that actively promote China and ASEAN trade, including the China-ASEAN Multimodal Transportation Alliance and the China-ASEAN Mercantile Exchange.

In 2011, Rex was the Senior Manager of the Market Promotion Division at International Enterprise Singapore and its Regional Director (South China) based in Guangzhou from 2014 to 2018. He was then based in Qingdao as the Regional Director for North China Region for Enterprise Singapore until April 2020. He has also previously worked in Nepal and Vietnam.

Olivia Siong is ChannelNewsAsia’s correspondent in Beijing where she reports on Chinese politics, foreign affairs, as well as social and economic issues shaping the country. During her time in China, she fronted CNA's coverage of historic events in the country including the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the Communist Party's centenary, as well as the unprecedented fatal floods in Henan province. She also explored poverty issues in Tibet and remote Liangshan in Sichuan.

Dr Oh Ei Sun is the principal adviser at Pacific Research Center of Malaysia and Senior Fellow at Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He was also Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include the political economy of Southeast Asia and international relations, particularly those involving China and the United States. Ei Sun also previously served as Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was also Senior Research Fellow and a lecturer at various public and private universities in Malaysia, China, Australia and the United States.

Calvin Wee is the co-founder of The Young SEAkers, a non-profit organisation that brings together vibrant, competent ASEAN youths who are passionate about advancing the ASEAN-China region. A keen China-Southeast Asia watcher, Calvin is also the co-founder of ASEAN HANDS, the first podcast dedicated to business in Southeast Asia. Calvin represented Singapore in the Young ASEAN Leaders Policy Initiative 2020 held at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Calvin graduated from NUS Business School with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Honours), which included stints in Fudan University and Peking University during his exchange programmes.

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