Does the Sino-US “Technology War” Menace Malaysia’s Development?
by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Greg Felker from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, USA
Moderator: Distinguished Professor Dato' Dr. Rajah Rasiah
Friday, 22 July 2022 • 3pm MYT
Venue: ASEM Room, Asia-Europe Institute (hybrid)
For decades Malaysia’s economic development has been tied to the rise of “Factory Asia” – a dynamic, region-spanning division of labor forged through multinational companies' cross-border production networks, especially in the electronics and (more recently) information technology sectors. Recently, though, the post-Cold War era of untrammeled globalization has given way to renewed great-power rivalry, and Sino-US competition has reintroduced a security logic into Asia’s supply-chain architecture. How might trends linked to Chinese and US techno-nationalism revise the context for Southeast Asia and Malaysian development in particular? Does the so-called “new technology Cold War '' presage narrowing opportunities to capitalize on transnational investment and production, perhaps by pressuring countries to choose sides amidst supply-chain ‘de-coupling’? This talk will offer preliminary reflections on recent conversations with industry players and observers in Malaysia.
Dr. Greg Felker is currently a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya.
Last Update: 19/07/2022