Trade Panel

China’s Rising Influence in International Trade

Saturday, April 14th 15:15-16:45 (ASEAN)

In light of the recent notable trade policies established by President Trump’s administration directed towards countering China, there’s no denying the increasing tension in trade relationships across the Pacific. With the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in 2016, China also seems to be aiming at increasing their political influence via newly established economic institutions, as well as state-directed private enterprises.

This comes at a time when the so-called China-US “trade war” seems more likely than ever, as reflected in the ever-intensifying struggle for influence in the Asia-Pacific region. This panel aims to examine the various ways China has increased its economic influence and the challenges that lie ahead.


Joseph Foudy, NYU Stern School of Business

Jonathan Brookfield, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


Arman Smigielski

Arman Smigielski is a senior at Tufts University and the Associate Editor of the Tufts Daily, Tufts’ independent student newspaper. He is also president of the Tufts chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society. He has previously worked for Global Leader Education, an educational non-profit in Beijing and Shanghai, and for the publications department at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Joseph Foudy

A winner of the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award, Joseph Foudy joined NYU Stern School of Business in 2006 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Economics. Professor Foudy has extensive teaching experience, working on Stern’s core courses on Macro/International Economics and Global Business, as well as electives covering Asian Economics and Management, Economic Thought and Globalization. He is interviewed regularly on business, economic and international issues and has appeared on CNN, Fox, PBS, and NPR, as well as many international and New York City television outlets. He has also been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international and domestic newspapers and magazines. His research interests focus on the impact of globalization on national systems, the political economy of financial and accounting regulation, and comparative corporate governance. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University in 2004.

Jonathan Brookfield

Jonathan Brookfield is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. He teaches classes on Strategic Management, International Business, The Political Economy and Business Environments of Greater China, Privatization, Nationalization, The Boundary Between State and Private Sector, and Business Groups in Asia. He received a B.S. from Yale, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Brookfield has published several articles looking at different kinds of business networks in Asia and sits on the editorial review boards of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and the Journal of International Business Studies. His current research interests include comparative political economy, political risk, business groups, interfirm networks, industrial districts, firm boundaries, and business in Asia.

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