Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 6:00 pm

Online Zoom Call, (details will be sent to registered audience before the event)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • 11:00am (London)

  • 12:00pm (Berlin & Brussels)

  • 06:00pm (Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong)

How China perceives, protects and develops its energy security is central to the tectonic shifts which are taking place in global geopolitics and investments. Amid the backdrop of Covid-19 and turmoil in the energy markets, it is more important than ever before to understand, discuss and debate how China (and by extension Chinese state-owned companies) engage with its overseas political and trading partners.

Have China’s long term strategic energy goals changed in light of the current Covid-19 situation and energy market trends? Are the roles of political and trading allies and adversaries mutating in Asia Pacific? What is the status of the Belt and Road Initiative and where is it ultimately heading towards?

We are honoured to welcome Professor Zha Daojiong and Monica Sun to this virtual conference session.

About Zha Daojiong

Zha Daojiong is a professor in the School of International Studies and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development at Peking University. His areas of expertise include international political economy and China’s international economic relations, particularly the fields of energy and natural resources, development aid, and the economics-political nexus in the Asia Pacific region. His research has extended to political and social risk-management for Chinese corporations engaged in non-financial investments abroad, including the publication of the edited volumes Chinese Investment Overseas: Case Studies on Environmental and Social Risks (Peking University Press, 2014) and Risk Management under the Belt and Road Initiative: Economic and Societal Dimensions (Oceanic Press, 2017). He was invited to serve as non-resident fellow in a number of public policy think tanks and advisory member on several international exchange associations, including the China chapter of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSPAC) and the China Association for International Exchange. He joined the faculty of Peking University in 2007 and held prior positions at the Renmin University of China, the International University of Japan, and the University of Macau. He studied at the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii, where he earned a Doctoral degree in Political Science.

About Monica Sun

Monica has experience of advising on energy, power and mining projects and transactions around the world, in particular advising major PRC companies on their outbound investment. Her practice covers M&A, joint venture, project development and project finance, private equity investment, corporate and corporate finance. She also has considerable experience in advising foreign clients on doing business in China. Monica has advised on acquisitions and projects in jurisdictions including Australia, Indonesia, China, Africa, Russia, South America and the United Kingdom. Monica worked in both the Hong Kong and Beijing offices of Herbert Smith Freehills from 2003 to 2007, and she rejoined Herbert Smith Freehills’ energy group in early 2010, after receiving a Master of Laws from the Harvard University School of Law in 2008 and working at the corporate division of a top Wall Street law firm.

YCW SG: Benevolence or Tribute – China’s Energy Security, Geopolitics and Investments with Professor Zha Daojiong (School of International Studies and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, Peking University) and Monica Sun (Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Beijing)
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