East Asia Forum: Economic (Dis)integration

Jointly organised by


University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Institute of East Asian Studies


FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany



University of Westminster, London, UK

Westminster Business School

Contemporary China Centre 


This workshop will provide a forum to explore the economic issues, challenges and responses to conflicting trends of greater interconnection and isolation, which are shaping the world economy. We will consider key questions such as, is the current trade dispute between China and the US the beginning of a new era of de-globalization? Alternatively, will the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative promote the greater interconnections via infrastructure development and reduced trade costs?

The aim of this forum is to bring together scholars from all fields related to international economics focusing on drivers and consequences of trade between China and the rest of the world. We welcome scholars to submit proposals related to the following topics:

• Impact of trade policy on emerging and developed economies

• Belt and Road Initiative

• Trade wars

• Trade institutions

• Transport infrastructure

• Trade costs

• Political economy of trade policy


Keynote Speaker:

Professor Kerry Brown

King’s College, University of London


Please submit your paper proposals until February 28, 2019 by email to k.jackson@westminster.ac.uk

Submissions should be including a full paper or an extended abstract of the presentation, all names of the authors, their affiliations and contact details. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 15, 2019.

There is no charge to attend the workshop. The workshop organizers will cover meals and refreshments. Participants will be required to pay for their own travel and accommodation. Further details will be included in letter of acceptance.


Scientific Committee:

  • Dr. Karen Jackson,
  • Prof. Dr. Yuan Li
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmerer
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