AMRO-ISEAS Joint Seminar: 40 Years of China’s Reforms and Implications for ASEAN

Over the past 40 years, China’s reform and opening-up has led to leapfrogging economic development and the expansion of the country’s role at the regional and global levels, as shown by the close economic ties with its neighbours. While these achievements have become the bedrock for further development, China still needs to tackle several challenges to ensure a steady and sustainable growth path toward a modern industrialized economy. At the same time, neighbouring countries also need to understand the implications of China’s increasing economic weight and linkages with the region so that both sides can better benefit from growing economic ties and strengthening cooperation. In this context, the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), as the macroeconomic surveillance organization for the region, conducted a study titled “China’s Reform and Opening-up: Experiences, Prospects and Implications for ASEAN,” which was launched in Beijing in late October 2018.

The seminar, co-organized by AMRO and the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, will use AMRO’s study as a background document and discuss the following questions: What are the key reforms and achievements in the past four decades and what are the unique characteristics of these reforms? What are the challenges and opportunities facing China moving forward? How have China and ASEAN benefited from deeper integration throughout China’s developments? How can both China and ASEAN better benefit from the growing economic ties and strengthening cooperation?


For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 3 December 2018.



1:30 pm – 2:00 pm


2:00 pm – 2:05 pm

Welcome remarks

2:05 pm – 2:30pm

Presentation on key findings of AMRO’s staff working paper
– Dr Chaipat Poonpatpibul, Lead Economist, AMRO

2:30pm – 2:50pm

Comments from discussants (10 minutes for each speaker)
– Mr Joergen Ostrom Moeller, Senior Visiting Fellow,ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
– Mr Lye Liang Fook, Senior Fellow & Co-Coordinator,ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm

Moderated discussion among panelists: AMRO Chief Economist Dr Hoe Ee Khor, Dr Chaipat Poonpatpibul, Mr Joergen Ostrom Moeller,Mr Lye Liang Fook,
Moderator: Dr Francis Hutchinson, Senior Fellow/Regional Economic Studies Coordinator, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

3:20pm – 3:45 pm


3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

End of seminar and Networking


Hoe Ee Khor

Dr Khor is the Chief Economist of AMRO responsible for overseeing and developing the work on macroeconomic and financial market surveillance on East Asia and on the member economies in the region.

Chaipat Poonpatpibul

Dr Poonpatpibul joined the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) in November 2013. His responsibilities include conducting country macroeconomic assessments, producing research works related to macroeconomic and financial stability as well as providing in-house training programs.

Jørgen Ørstrom Møller

Mr Moeller is a seasoned diplomat, having served as State-Secretary 1989-1997 in the Royal Danish Foreign Ministry and from 1997 to 2005 as Denmark‘s Ambassador in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Lye Liang Fook

Mr Lye is Senior Fellow with the Regional Security and Political Studies Programme and co-Coordinator of the Vietnam Studies Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.