Can Asia unite around economic integration?

Closed-workshop in cooperation with European Council on Foreign Relations


Welcome remarks from Paul Linnarz, Head of Konrad Adenauer Foundation Japan

Keynote speech from Hideto Nakahara, Mitsubishi Corporation, Senior Executive Vice President

“China’s shifting role in the value chain: a corporate perspective”

Debate: “The benefits of China’s economic growth outweigh the drawbacks for its neighbours”

Introduction, opening arguments (5 min introduction, 3-5 min each for opening statements, alternating ‘for’ & ‘against’)

Moderator’s questions (15 min)

Open debate (30 min)

Final remarks and vote to determine overall consensus (15 min)


Andrzej Olechowski, former Polish Finance Minister and Foreign Minister


  • Michitaka Nakatomi, Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (RIETI), Consulting Fellow

  • Steven C M Wong, Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies

  • Ganeshan Wignaraja, Director of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute

  • Nobuhide Hatasa, Associate Professor, Nagoya Keizai University


Asia’s new trade architecture and its implications for Europe

Roundtable discussion (12-15 min presentations, 30 min discussion)


Carolina Hernandez, Founding President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies


  • Nyamosor Tuya, former Foreign Minister of Mongolia

  • Renato Reside, Professor, University of the Philippines School of Economics

  • Yorizumi Watanabe, Professor, Keio University, Japan

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Naoko Ogawa

Project Coordinator (on parental leave)