Is New Economic Statecraft Passé?

Wednesday, January 11
3:00–4:00 pm HST | 8:00–9:00 pm EST
Hybrid Event: 258 Moore Hall and Online
Refreshments to Follow in 319 Moore Hall

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The recent crisis in the Taiwan Strait has led some to focus on high politics as the likely future of US-China relations.  What do Beijing’s and Washington’s actions portend for “new economic statecraft” – state intervention to influence trade, finance, investment and industrial policy, rather than the traditional focus on economic statecraft that emphasizes policies related to economic sanctions?  Has new economic statecraft already become passé in the face of hardcore military tensions?  Although high politics will continue to be important, tensions with China have accelerated moves by Washington to curb Chinese access to advanced US technology and to invest in developing high-end semiconductor manufacturing in the US as well as to undertake a host of restrictions on investment. These moves, combined with continuing trade tensions between the two countries, illustrate that new economic statecraft is very much alive. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Vinod K. Aggarwal (Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley) and discussion moderated by Dr. Kristi Govella (Director, Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa). 

This event is cosponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs, the UHM APEC Study Center, the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the UHM Department of Asian Studies, and the UHM Department of Political Science.