CIMB ASEAN Research Institute in collaboration with LSE Ideas held a launch of a joint publication by CARI and LSE IDEAS “China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Southeast Asia” and a roundtable discussion with the theme “Making BRI inclusive – are there opportunities for all?” on 30th October 2018. The report was launched by the honorary Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs of Malaysia. For the roundtable, speakers included Professor Christopher Coker, Director of LSE IDEAS; Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI), Visiting Senior Fellow of LSE IDEAS and President of the ASEAN Business Club; Dato’ Abdul Majid Khan, President, Malaysia-China Friendship Association, and Dr. Tang Siew Mun, Head of ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, while Pauline Loong, Senior Fellow of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute joined the discussion from Hong Kong via Skype.
Discussion summary will be released soon.
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THE LAUNCH OF A JOINT PUBLICATION BY CARI AND LSE IDEAS
ASEAN ROUNDTABLE SERIES
Senior Fellow, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
Her distinguished career includes her role as senior vice-president and China risk analyst at CIMB Securities. She was responsible for alerting clients to the changing dynamics shaping China in the 21st century and what they mean for investment decisions.
Previously, she had been a director at Jardine Fleming (now part of JPMorgan) where she headed its China department. She also served as head of research at Jardine Fleming China, a venture backed by the World Bank’s International Financing Corp.
At Jardine Fleming, she successfully guided clients through the most tumultuous decade in modern Chinese history: the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, the death of Deng Xiaoping and the highly confrontational run-up to Hong Kong’s handover to Beijing in 1997.
Ms Loong’s Chinese Mainland connections are impressive and have been developed during three decades of close personal involvement in China’s economy – both as a market player and as a journalistic observer. Her Mainland experience, as well as her expertise, led to an executive position with CITIC Resources as it was developing its offshore business.
The foundations of her Beijing relationships had been laid when she had been among the first foreign correspondents in China in the 1980s as assistant editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and Editor of its authoritative China Trade Report. In the early 2000s, she had extensive access to top policy circles in Beijing after her appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Euromoney’s stable of financial magazines in Asia.
Ms Loong’s awards include being voted “Best China analyst” in 1993 (representing Jardine Fleming) and being again ranked among the best analysts in 2007 (representing CIMB) in two global polls of fund managers by Asiamoney. She won Euromoney’s “Best Stories Award” in 2000 for her analysis on Asia’s growing hedge fund industry and in 2003 on the takeover of Jardine Fleming by Chase.
She graduated in English Literature from the University of Hong Kong. She was nominated by Jardine Matheson to undertake course studies on socialist economics and the Chinese political system at Peking University and at Tsinghua University in 1997.
Professor Christopher Coker
Director, LSE IDEAS
He was a NATO Fellow in 1981. He served two terms on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. He was a serving member of the Washington Strategy Seminar; the Black Sea University Foundation; the Moscow School of Politics and the Academic Board of the Czech Diplomatic Academy. He is at present on the Advisory Board of the Brenthurst Foundation (Johannesburg). He was a Visiting Fellow of Goodenough College in 2003-4. He is a former editor of The Atlantic Quarterly and The European Security Analyst. Professor Coker has published extensively on war and conflict. His next book, The Rise of the Civilizational State will be published in January 2019.
Dr. Tang Siew Mun
Head of ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Dato’ Abdul Majid Khan
President, Malaysia-China Friendship Association
Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid
Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute President, ASEAN Business Club
He has an extensive experience and is well known in the Malaysian corporate world. He had been the Group Editor of the New Straits Times, first executive chairman of CIMB and founding chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission. After stepping down from the Securities Commission in 1999, he became Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Chairman of Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and Non-Executive Chairman of Malaysian Airline System Berhad. He was Founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club, established in 2003 and is a member of the Court of Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management.
Tan Sri Dr. Munir obtained a B.Sc (Econ) and Ph.D in International Relations from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) in 1971 and 1978. He is an Honorary Fellow of LSE and continues the long association with his alma mater as Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS (Centre of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy). Tan Sri Dr. Munir is an associate of Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) at LSE.