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Wealthy democracies want to cut their reliance on China. The People’s Republic too has moved to become more self-sufficient. Tariffs, sanctions and suspicion have redirected flows of human and financial capital, and this week’s political protests in China may accelerate the trend. Is de-risking ties with China more a geopolitically driven aspiration than economic fact?

Are more foreign companies considering cutting ties with their Chinese entity and the reasons for this becoming a more prominent reality?

Over the past 2 years we have seen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other incidents such as the Suez Canal blockage, which have had major effects on global supply Chains. China’s reaction to the pandemic and subsequent implementation of the zero-COVID policy heavily impacted production and manufacturing, which was also accompanied by the backlog in logistics.

Are companies reducing their reliance on China due to supply chains and are companies considering moving parts of their manufacturing to other countries in the Asia-pacific region?



3.45 pm Registration
4.00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks by Francois Chirol, Chair of EuroCham Supply Chain Committee
4.05 pm Presentation by Mr Manu Bhaskaran, Partner at Centennial Asia Advisors Pte Ltd
4.35 pm Open & Interactive Q&A
4.55 pm Closing Remarks by EuroCham



Mr Manu Bhaskaran
Centennial Asia Advisors Pte Ltd

Mr. Bhaskaran is a Partner of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. As Founding CEO of its Singapore subsidiary Centennial Asia Advisors, he coordinates the Asian business of the Group which provides independent economic research on Asian political and macroeconomic trends for investment institutions, government agencies, multilateral institutions and companies with interests in Asia, leveraging off 40 years of studying Asia.

Mr. Bhaskaran holds a range of other positions. He is a Member of the Competition Appeals Board, Singapore. In addition, he is a Member of the Regional Advisory Board for Asia of the International Monetary Fund; Council Member, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA); Vice-President, Economics Society of Singapore; and an advisor to the Asia Foundation.

Mr. Bhaskaran also serves on the boards of several companies whose businesses span the ASEAN region including CIMB Investment Bank (a subsidiary of CIMB Bank, Malaysia’s second largest bank and which operates across ASEAN), Japfa Ltd (listed in Singapore) and Luminor Capital.



This meeting is only open to members of the Supply Chain Committee. If you are keen to attend, please contact Eva Vincetic at eva@eurocham.org.sg.