Many in the West, especially Washington, argue that China extends its global influence by exporting and imposing its developmental model on other countries. But this analysis ignores the ways in which Chinese engagement sometimes accommodates local actors —adapting and assimilating local forms, norms, and practices. What often results is that local players successfully push the Chinese to meet local expectations or demands. What strategies and approaches explain these successes, and what can be learned from them?

Join the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a panel conversation on how local players in three Southeast Asian countries—the Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar—pushed Chinese actors to adapt to local conditions. The panelists’ publications are part of a multiyear project of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington that explores Chinese adaptation strategies in seven regions of the world, from Latin America to North Africa and to Southeast Asia.

This event is cosponsored by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In-person registrants should note that this event will take place at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs at 60A Orchard Road, #04M Tower 1, Atrium@ Orchard, International Involvement Hub, S238890