Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Engaging China: Seeking Equity and Balance in Bilateral and Regional Trade (A Round-Table Discussion)

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC), along with Fair Trade Alliance (FairTrade), is organizing a Round-Table Discussion (RTD) with the academe to present the results of FairTrade’s RP-China Research-Advocacy Project. The RTD will be on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at the TWSC, Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines–Diliman. Below is a background on this research-advocacy project:

From a miniscule amount in the early 1980s, Philippine trade with China has grown rapidly. However, there is a huge imbalance in the evolving trade and investment relations between the Philippines and China. This imbalance is likely to deepen and cause more dislocations and instabilities, both economic and social, for the Philippines—if there are no serious efforts to make the relations equitable between the two countries.

Hence, FairTrade undertook a Philippines-China (RP-China) Research-Advocacy Project entitled “Engaging China: Seeking Equity and Balance in Bilateral and Regional Trade with Asia’s Biggest Dragon.” The research project engaged policy makers and stakeholders from both the Philippines and China on the importance of ensuring that economic relations between the two countries shall be equitable, mutually beneficial and supportive of the long-term development interests of the Philippines.

To gather inputs and views from the academic sector, TWSC and FairTrade would like to invite academics with backgrounds on China, Policy Trade, etc. Click here to view the draft program. See you there!

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