Advancing sustainable global trade
The Hinrich Foundation is a unique Asia-based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade through research and educational programs.
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By Fukunari Kimura, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University and Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
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We are offering 20 scholarships to professionals working across global value chains for our Oct 2021 intake. Find out how to become a global trade leader. Trade employers looking to bridge the talent gap with universities, learn how with our transforming trade education case study.For educational institutions looking to enhance graduate employability, read a case exemplar of industry engagement in higher education.
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Media play a critical role in providing deeper perspectives on trade issues. Our 4-days training courses for media, organized by the National Press Foundation, provide deep knowledge on all aspects of international trade. The next course will be in . . .
We established the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association (HFAA) to stimulate regular exchanges between young trade leaders committed to advancing sustainable global trade. Led by the Alumni Leadership Committee, the HFAA is a community of people who . . .
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Media come to us for fresh thinking and deep analysis into the issues impacting global trade outcomes. Read our recent experts’ commentaries. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, our experts offer valuable views and opinions on achieving sustainable global trade.
Alibaba's record fine from the Chinese authorities does not signal the end to the Communist Party's crackdown on local tech giants. The Alibaba fine is a "warning shot across the bow for the entire big tech sector in China," said Alex Capri, Hinrich Foundation Research Fellow. "The CCP will continue to ensure that Big Tech serves the government as a capacity builder, while preventing companies from straying out too far on their own."
China has given new US Senate legislation designed to contain its tech rise a relatively muted response, despite a warning from some analysts that the move represents a paradigm shift in relation. "Beijing's response has been measured," said Research Fellow Alex Capri. There seems to be a realization in some quarters that strident responses to US and European policy announcements have produced even more of an anti-China backlash."
Besides Chinese laws, a blurred line between the private and public sectors in China contributes to the perception that Chinese tech companies are intrinsically tied to the Chinese government. "I would argue that in working in assisting the Chinese government with building its cloud and its digital currency, et cetera, that it is going to backfire on Chinese companies outside of China, because they’re going to be seen as proxies of the state", said Research Fellow Alex Capri. “I think it’s a pretty bleak time right now for Chinese tech companies, even at home."
Hinrich Foundation's Sustainable Trade Index 2020 has been visualized in this infographic by the Visual Capitalist, featured in Markets Insider. The Sustainable Trade Index (STI) 2020 measures the capacity of 20 economies – 19 in Asia, plus the United States – to participate in global trade in a manner that supports the long-term domestic and global goals of economic growth, environmental protection, and better social equity. Understand the importance of sustainable trade in a glimpse.
Our report "India: A 21st century technology hub?" published on March 30, authored by Research Fellow Alex Capri, was featured exclusively in this Bloomberg article. “Washington’s technology cold war with Beijing has resulted in strategic decoupling, prompting manufacturing supply chains to shift to new locations. India finds itself well positioned to absorb these supply chains.” Download our paper on the Hinrich Foundation website.
The Chinese government added to the backlash against foreign brands boycotting Xinjiang cotton, pressing the companies to “correct their mistakes” and respect the views of Chinese customers. Hinrich Foundation Stephen Olson said the incident showed trade was becoming increasingly intertwined with human rights issues and companies were trying to strike a delicate balance between the values their customers expected them to uphold and commercially attractive arrangements contrary to those values. The situation was even more complex with China, he said.
A contentious spat over human rights could doom the recently signed EU-China investment deal. "The deal has always been a long-shot," said Alex Capri, Research Fellow of the Hinrich Foundation. While Brussels wants to keep up a "robust" trading relationship with Beijing, Capri said, the bloc will "continue to pivot" to the United States on many issues, including alignment on AI and strategic supply chains.
A Hinrich Foundation supported National Press Foundation briefing for journalists covering international trade on the topic of "Fixing broken medical supply chains" was summarized and quoted extensively by MedPage Today. Experts on the panel covered a wide range of issues from the plausibility of supply chain diversification to the environmental and labor impact of medical supply production.
The US-China meeting in Alaska would not contribute to any progress towards solving major economic sources of strain, particularly when human rights issues are included in the equation. "The Biden administration will link human rights issues to exports [and] sales of technology," said Research Fellow Alex Capri to CNN. "Expect to see more export controls and sanctions against Chinese interests."
The explosion of computing power, combined with connectivity that has led to unprecedented technological change in China, is taking place amid the unfolding competition with the United States. Our article by Research Fellow Stephen Olson on Biden's 100-day supply chain review was quoted in this South China Morning Post article as America ramp up its innovation game and ring-fence its strategic operations in the face of China's rapid technological advance.
Making e-payments easier
New innovations with e-payments will improve access and lower the costs of cross-border transactions, especially for MSMEs looking to thrive in the post-Covid era. But while domestic payment systems have advanced, cross-border retail e-payments remain inefficient, costly, and opaque to manage. The Hinrich Foundation is pleased to have hosted a discussion with the Asia Trade Centre on the opportunities and challenges of establishing a cross-border e-payment system in Asia-Pacific to foster regional growth.
US-China rivalry and the role of middle powers in the Asia Pacific
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Hinrich Foundation jointly hosted a distinguished line-up of experts who explored the role that middle powers in Asia Pacific could play in mitigating the US-China rivalry. Panelists discussed whether the likes of Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore can act as a source of stability in an increasingly multipolar world.
Asia Trade Week 2021: The case of sustainable trade
The Hinrich Foundation proudly supported The Economist's Asia Trade Week 2021, which took placed from Feb 22-25. Hear from our Founder and Chairman, Merle Hinrich, on the key to long-term prosperity and balanced development.
The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership
The Hinrich Foundation hosted renowned economist, globalization and Asia expert Clyde Prestowitz to review and discuss his new book, The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership. In a wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Economy of the Hoover Institution and Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations, the panel discussed alliances, dependency and the implications of a new US industrial policy for China.
Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia
The Hinrich Foundation invited Professor David Shambaugh for this timely discussion to review his new book and explore the key geopolitical forces shaping Southeast Asia with Professor Wang Gungwu. In Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia, Professor Shambaugh examines how the United States and China are engaged in a broad-gauged and global competition for power.
In this book, Clyde Prestowitz describes the key challenges posed by China and the strategies America and other liberal democracies must adopt to meet them. He argues that these approaches must be more sophisticated and comprehensive than a narrowly targeted trade war, and that they don't have to contravene international or domestic law.
We supported the publication of “China, Trade and Power: Why the West’s Economic Engagement Has Failed” to promote reasoned and informed debate on the trade relationship between the West and China. This book, by Stewart Paterson, describes the unintended consequences of the policy of engagement that led to China's accession to the WTO in 2001, and aims to equip policymakers, business leaders and civil societies to contribute to the design of mutually beneficial approaches for sustainable global trade.
We commissioned Professor Michael J. Enright to lead a major research project identifying the impact of foreign direct investment on China’s economic development. The book provides a powerful analysis of China’s policies toward foreign investment and gives foreign companies tools to demonstrate their contributions to host countries, showing the tremendous power of foreign investment to help transform economies.