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Trends, Prospects, and Implications
25 May 2018, Singapore 

This conference brings together relevant scholars and experts from China and Southeast Asia to discuss Chinese investment in the energy sector in ASEAN. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the building of the New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road – now collectively called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In the Asian region, the BRI establishes a blueprint for Asia’s future infrastructure development and Southeast Asia has a very important position in this blueprint. New opportunities and new challenges arise from BRI for ASEAN as a whole and for Singapore in particular. This conference will review BRI in the energy sector in ASEAN, assessing how it is being implemented, how successful is BRI likely to be in facilitating ASEAN’s energy infrastructure building and what is the likely impact of Chinese investment on the energy sector of ASEAN and Singapore.

Topics to be covered include:

▪ Influential energy projects of Chinese companies in some ASEAN countries;
▪ Impacts of the energy projects on the local community and local economy;
▪ Chinese companies’ investment to enhance energy connectivity in ASEAN;
▪ Benefits and challenges of an integrated ASEAN energy market for Southeast Asia and Singapore;
▪ Belt and Road Initiative in the East Asian regional order.


Friday, 25 May 2018
9:15 am – 12:30 pm


Juniper Room
Orchard Hotel
442 Orchard Road
Singapore 238879 


Free and open to
public but advanced
registration is
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Ms. Jan Lui
Tel: 6516 2000


8:45 am‐9:15 am Registration
9:15 am‐9:30 am
Opening Address
Professor Ang Beng Wah
Executive Director
Energy Studies Institute
National University of Singapore

9:30 am-10:30 am
Session 1: Belt and Road Initiative, Energy Investment and Energy Market Integration
Under the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese investment can not only increase the energy capacity but also enhance the energy connectivity in ASEAN. It may facilitate ASEAN’s energy infrastructure connectivity and energy market integration. It may also change the East Asian regional order. In this session, the panelists will provide the key findings from the one-day workshop held the day before the conference. They will talk about the following:

▪   Belt and Road Initiative and energy cooperation between China and Southeast Asia
▪   Opportunities and challenges of regional power interconnection in GMS (Greater Mekong Sub-region) and ASEAN
▪   Belt and Road, China’s Rise and the East Asian Regional Order: A New Tributary System in the Making?

Q&A will take place in Session 2 after the tea break.
Moderator: Yao Lixia

Liu Qiang
Lei Xiaomeng
Zhang Baohui
10:30 am-11:00 am
Tea Break
11:00 am-12:25 pm
Session 2: Panel Discussion and Q&A
In this panel, participants will further discuss the issues raised in the previous session. Additionally, they will shed light on Chinese investments in the energy sector in some individual Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The speakers will cover the impacts of the investments, the challenges, the problems as well as benefits and treats brought about by an integrated ASEAN energy market for Singapore. They will also take questions from the audience.

Moderator: Shi Xunpeng

Chea Socheat
Beni Suryadi
Sabar Bin Md Hashim
Liu Qiang
Lei Xiaomeng
Zhang Baohui
12:25 pm-12:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Philip Andrews-Speed
12:30 pm
End of Conference


Contact Person

Dr. Yao Lixia
Energy Studies Institute, NUS

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