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The East Asia Forum: Economic (Dis)integration is a workshop jointly organised by the Contemporary China Centre (CCC) and Westminster Business School at the University of Westminster; the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; and CEAMeS at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany.

The workshop will provide a forum to explore the economic issues, challenges and responses to conflicting trends of greater interconnection and isolation, which are shaping the world economy. We will consider key questions such as, is the current trade dispute between China and the US the beginning of a new era of de-globalisation? Alternatively, will the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative promote the greater interconnections via infrastructure development and reduced trade costs?

The aim of this forum is to bring together scholars from all fields related to international economics focusing on drivers and consequences of trade between China and the rest of the world.

We will also discuss the following topics:

  • Impact of trade policy on emerging and developed economies
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Trade wars
  • Trade institutions
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Trade costs
  • Political economy of trade policy

The Scientific Committee for this workshop is made up of Dr Karen Jackson, Professor Dr Yuan Li, and Professor Dr Hans-Jörg Schmerer.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Kerry Brown, King’s College, University of London


Regent Street Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

Book your place

Please contact Dr Karen Jackson for further details: [email protected].