Dr. Tina Clemente, Associate Professor at the UP Asian Center, presented a paper, “Economic Vulnerability to Chinese Sanctions: Implications for Inclusive Development in the Philippines” at the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) 2016 held from 23 to 24 September 2016 at Utica College in New York. Below is a modifed abstract of the paper:
“This paper aims to evaluate the vulnerability of the Philippine economy to sanctions by China in light of heightening tensions in the South China Sea. Drawing on multiple disciplines and information sources (such as informant interviews and statistics), we frame the notion of vulnerability and provide a precursory discussion of economic asymmetry as a perceived weak point in the bilateral relationship. We engage the literature on economic sanctions, statecraft and security and engage in qualitative analysisand game-theoretic analysis of a sanctions game. The study argues for the crucial role of inclusive development as the bedrock of national security and statecraft that fundamentally addresses economic vulnerability by enriching strategic choices.”
The paper is co-authored with Nona Pepito, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, ESSEC Business School, Asia Pacific Campus in Singapore.
The New York Conference on Asian Studies 2016 was hosted by Utica College, New York. The conference was “centered centered on the theme “Building Asia” to explore the multiplicity of cultures and experiences that are “Asia,” regardless of ideological, institutional, cultural, or geographic boundaries. We seek to expand the definition of “Asia” and how we have arrived at our understanding of its people, cultures, and societies.” The NYCAS is one of the regional conferences of the Association for Asian Studies.