Thank you for participating as a China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) delegate, scheduled for February 18-19, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. We would like to share updates about our event with you.
We have been carefully monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, the recommendations by the World Health Organization, as well as health and international travel advisories. In the interest of your safety, we are postponing the event. We will be in touch shortly with a new conference date.
We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to having you join our conference later this year.
Thank you very much.
China is realising its vision of a shared future for humanity by strengthening its alliances with neighbours in the region. The nation is bringing the region closer economically through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and forming the largest trade bloc through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Some experts have raised concerns about China’s rise and its influence within the region; positioning itself to be Southeast Asia’s greatest ally. Others are arguing that there is a necessity to reduce the region’s exposure to China amidst questions about China’s reputation as a reliable partner during this pandemic. Is the coronavirus forcing Southeast Asia to reassess its dependency on China and how will it reshape Southeast Asia and China’s relations, economies, investments and trade post-covid? How can the region work together to speed up climate action?