[Blueboard] IPC - PACS invitation to the book launch of "The Rise of China" and a lecture by Mr. Chito Sta. Romana on "China's `New Silk Road Strategy' and the West Philippine Sea"

Institute of Philippine Culture [LS] ipc.soss at ateneo.edu
Wed Sep 2 11:29:23 PHT 2015


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The *Institute of Philippine Culture* and the *Philippine Association for
Chinese Studies*

cordially invite you



*to the book launch of*



*THE RISE OF CHINA:*

*THREE ESSAYS ON CHINA’S ECONOMY AND ʽSOFT’ POWER*

by

*Joseph Anthony Y. Lim, PhD*

Professor, Department of Economics

Ateneo de Manila University

*Ellen H. Palanca, PhD*

Professor Emeritus

Department of Economics and Chinese Studies Program

Ateneo de Manila University

Director, Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University



*Benito O. Lim*

Professor, Chinese Studies Program

Ateneo de Manila University



*and a lecture on*



*CHINA’S ʽNEW SILK ROAD STRATEGY’ AND THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA*

by

*Chito Sta. Romana*

President, Philippine Association for Chinese Studies

Former Beijing Bureau Chief, ABC NEWS (USA)

Professorial Lecturer, UP Asian Center



*Wednesday, 16 September 2015*

*4:30 – 6:00 p.m.*

*Faber Hall 101*

*Ateneo de Manila University*

*Loyola Heights, Quezon City*



*About the book *



*The Rise of China: Three Essays on China’s Economy and **ʽSoft’ Power* is
Volume 11 (2015) of the *Chinese Studies Journal*, published by the
Philippine Association for Chinese Studies. The research for the essays was
made possible through a grant obtained by the authors under the Merit
Research Awards Program of the Institute of Philippine Culture, School of
Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University.



In his Foreword, Filomeno V. Aguilar, Jr., PhD describes this book’s
significance thus:



“Filipinos need to understand China, just as Chinese need to understand the
Philippines. Lately this imperative has floundered in the sea of
territorial disputes between the two states. In this light, this volume
acquires great salience. From the Philippine side it aims to contribute to
an understanding of China, particularly the spectacular growth of its
economy and the implications of this outstanding economic performance for
Chinese society, politics, and foreign policy.



“The authors in this volume have been engaged in Chinese studies for many
years. Theirs is the expertise to marshal economic data, make them
comprehensible to non-economists, and thus offer a perceptive and
up-to-date reading of China and its variegated economy and the foreseeable
challenges it faces ahead. The authors point to the inextricably globalized
economy of China, with countries in East and Southeast Asia—and
increasingly in Latin America and Africa—implicated in its production and
trade dynamics. Together with economic growth has evolved a vision of
China’s role in the world, articulated specifically in terms of
“development assistance” to needy states in the global South.”





*About the lecture of Mr. Chito Sta. Romana*



The disputes between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea
involve issues of territorial sovereignty, maritime jurisdiction and
economic resources. But these issues have been complicated by the
escalating geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China in East
Asia.  Moreover, China has embarked in a massive island-building project in
the West Philippine Sea. It has also unveiled a ʽsoft power’ strategy that
includes the ʽNew Silk Road’ initiative and the establishment of the Asian
Infrastructure Bank, an approach that promotes regional economic
cooperation and offers an array of incentives to neighboring countries to
convince them that it is more beneficial to cooperate with China than to
challenge it. But whether this approach will succeed in the case of the
Philippines remains to be seen since the island reclamation in disputed
waters has resulted in fear among Filipino leaders and the public, which
has undermined China’s efforts at diplomatic and economic engagement with
the Philippines.



*Program*



4:00 − 4:30 pm:   REGISTRATION



4:30 − 4:35 pm:   OPENING CEREMONIES

§  Philippine National Anthem

§  Welcome remarks (by Marita Castro Guevara, PhD, Director,

   Institute of Philippine Culture)

§  Introduction of the book authors



4:35 – 4:40 pm:   INTRODUCTION OF THE GUEST LECTURER

                            (by Ellen H. Palanca, PhD, Director, Confucius
Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University)


4:40 −  5:25 pm:  LECTURE ON “CHINA’S ʽNEW SILK ROAD STRATEGY’

                            AND THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA” BY MR. CHITO STA.
ROMANA

                            (President, Philippine Association of Chinese
Studies)



5:25 – 5:50 pm:   OPEN FORUM



5:50 – 6:00 pm:   BOOK LAUNCH / PRESENTATION OF BOOK COPIES




*(A RECEPTION, BOOK SALE, and BOOK SIGNING will follow. At the launch, the
book will be sold at a discounted price of PhP 250 [regular price: PhP
300]).*



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*For inquiries or confirmation of your attendance, please contact the
Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) at (+63 2) 426-6001 ext. 4651
<%28%2B63%202%29%20426-6001%20ext.%204651> loc. 213, or (+63 2) 426 6067
<%28%2B63%202%29%20426%206067> loc. 213. You may also send an email to
<ipc.soss at ateneo.edu <ipc.soss at ateneo.edu>>.*


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