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The ongoing trade war between the United States and China and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the vulnerability of complex global supply chains to ongoing structural changes in the global economy resulting from rising labour costs, automation, protectionism and geopolitical tensions like the Ukraine crisis. These developments have prompted a critical re-evaluation of existing approaches to global sourcing and manufacturing activities to increase supply chain resilience and reduce external risks. While the rise of regional trade agreements is partly a response to desire for a more stable business environment, it also risks creating an unwieldy set of international trade rules that undercut rather than facilitate the ease of doing business transnationally. In this context of uncertainties generated by recent developments, what has been China's response as a major trading power? Further, what are the emerging supply chains sustaining the global trade and what can be done to ensure the smooth functioning of supply chains and increase their ability to withstand the impact of future global crises?


About the Speakers

Amita Batra is Professor of Economics and currently the Chairperson of the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU. Professor Batra was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney in October 2018 and the first holder of the ICCR Professorial Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, 2013. She has been visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. She is on the editorial committee/ board of international journals: Asian Perspective (John Hopkins University, USA) and Journal of Asian Economic Integration (Sage). Professor Batra is member, Economic Affairs Council (from 2020) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She is a member of the Advisory Group for G20 (Finance track), 2022-2023, constituted by the DEA, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. She has written and published extensively on Trade Policy issues. Her latest book India’s Trade Policy in the 21st Century (Routledge: London) is forthcoming.

G. Venkat Raman is currently an Associate Professor in the Area of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Management, Indore. Venkat is a Sinologist. He has completed his doctoral studies from the School of Government in China’s premier University, Peking University, Beijing. Venkat is a fluent Mandarin speaker. He has also worked in Beijing as a professional for two years and eight months. Venkat offers courses like Understanding China, Political Risk in International Business, and Business Ethics at PG (post-graduate) level. In the UG (under-graduate) level, Venkat offers courses like International Relations, Power Rivalries and Global Governance in the Twenty-First Century. He has been a visiting Fellow in the BRICS centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, and visiting Faculty in ICN Nancy, France. His areas of research interest are China’s interface with Global Governance and Business Ethics pedagogy.


About the Chair

Santosh Pai has been offering legal services to clients in the India-China corridor since 2010. His areas of interest include Chinese investments in India, India-China comparative law and policy, cross-cultural negotiations and board governance. He holds a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NLSIU, Bangalore, LL.M. (Chinese law) from Tsinghua University, Beijing and an MBA from Vlerick University, Belgium (Peking University campus). His manuscript "Practical Guide on Investing in India for Chinese investors" has been translated into Chinese and published by China Law Press. Santosh is currently a partner at Link Legal, an Indian law firm. He is a member of CII's Core Group on China, teaches two courses on India-China business at IIM Shillong and volunteers at NGOs in his free time. .

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