Held on 7 December 2015 and attended by close to 50 high-level political figures, business leaders and thought leaders from Asia and beyond, the in-depth discussions at this by-invitation-only event covered new geopolitics and multi-polarity; new trade architecture; and new economic challenges and opportunities in the Asia Pacific.
The dialogue featured Prof Graham T. Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, who gave a keynote address where he shared about the Thucydides’s trap in the context of a rising China. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, and Mr Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia, engaged in a keynote conversation which explored the rise of China and India and the impact of this on both the Asia Pacific region and the global order – from bilateral, multilateral, and global perspectives.
This was followed by a dinner hosted by Dr Tony Tan, the President of Singapore, at the Istana. In the President’s welcome remarks, he pointed out that Singapore, as a small country and a hub that taps on its strategic location between the East and West, makes itself relevant by being active in international and regional fora that encourage constructive engagement and foster regional stability.
The dialogue is part of the “Asia Rising and Our Shared Future” series launched by Asia Society in October 2014, and is designed to facilitate a high-level exploration of the implications of the shifts in global power taking place, and their implications for Asia in particular.
For more information on our dialogue partner, please visit the Asia Society website.