CKGSB Founding Dean delivers keynote speech at 8th Chula ASEAN Week and 5th Parliamentary ASEAN Community Forum
August 9, 2019

[Bangkok, August 2nd 2019] CKGSB Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, Xiang Bing delivered a keynote speech at the 8th Chula ASEAN Week and the 5th Parliamentary ASEAN Community Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. The forum, jointly organized by the ASEAN Studies Center of Chulalongkorn University, the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, King Prajadhipok’s Institute, International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), and the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies of Chulalongkorn University, seeks to promote a wider understanding of ASEAN and provides an opportunity for academic exchange and discussion among leading scholars, experts, policymakers, practitioners, students and the wider public.

Under the theme of the Forum, ‘Is ASEAN Really Sustainable in a Changing Global Future?’ Dean Xiang Bing delivered a keynote speech on the “Confucius Economic Sphere” and ASEAN’s changing global future. Dean Xiang Bing presented the idea that whilst Neoliberalism has unleashed unprecedented growth and provided unprecedented wealth, it has also increased wealth inequality. Moving forward, Dean Xiang emphasized the importance of ASEAN-China’s economic ties and the importance of ASEAN’s role in reforming the global trade and investment system. He advised that whilst our generation achieves and experiences unprecedented growth, the real concern is the potential damage that can be done. Asking whose responsibility it is to really care about the long-term future of humanity, and explaining that CKGSB had introduced the humanities into its degree and non-degree programs in 2005 for this very reason.

Ms. Supasinee Khamasundara, Deputy Secretary-General of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives on stage with Dean Xiang Bing after his keynote speech.

In the panel discussion, ‘ASEAN in a Changing Global Future: Where Are We Heading to?’ Dean Xiang Bing joined fellow panelists such as Dr. Amitav Acharya, the UNESCO Chair for Transnational Challenges and Governance, Dr. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and Professor Emeritus Surichai Wungaeo, Director for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University, in discussing major challenges for ASEAN’s future. What does the future really hold for ASEAN with these major changes and challenges, and what is needed to keep and grow ASEAN together? Dean Xiang along with fellow panelists discussed and posed differing ideas on how to make ASEAN work better and more sustainable for the benefit of ASEAN’s people and the world.

Dean Xiang Bing taking part in the panel discussion ‘ASEAN in a Changing Global Future: Where are We Heading to?’

As part of the 8th Chula ASEAN Week and 5th Parliamentary ASEAN Community Forum, Dean Xiang Bing and CKGSB Assistant Dean, Professor Zhou Li also attended a welcome dinner in honor of Professor Xiang Bing as a keynote speaker for the Forum, alongside guests such as Professor Suthiphand Chirathivat, Executive Director of the ASEAN Studies Center at Chulalongkorn University and Chairman of the Chula ASEAN Week Conference, Dr. Buddhagarn Ratchatorn, Senior Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Dr.Virot Ali, Professor of Political Economy at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Lt. General Dr. Somchai Viroonphol, Former Commissioner for the National Office of the Auditor General and Chairman of National Islamic Bank and Mr. Precha Kunkritdathikarn, Business Leader & Investor, Architect of Chula Charmchuree Square and Former Advisor to Speaker in the National Parliament of Thailand.

CKGSB Founding Dean, Xiang Bing and Assistant Dean, Zhou Li amongst the Welcome Dinner guests

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