China’s New Aid Agency and Trilateral Aid Cooperation


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When: May 14 2020 - 5:00pm until May 14 2020 - 6:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Virtual Seminar and Book Discussion:

China’s New Aid Agency and Trilateral Aid Cooperation


Dr. Denghua Zhang
Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs,
Australian National University

Dr. Ellen L. Frost (Discussant)
Senior Advisor,
East-West Center

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East West Center in Washington

Dr. Zhang highlighted the main features of the China International Development Cooperation Agency established in April 2018, and China’s trilateral aid cooperation which is a new phenomenon in Chinese foreign aid programs. Dr. Denghua ZhangHe will reflect on China’s trilateral aid projects in recent years including the China-US-Timor Leste project on food security. Dr. Frost then offered comments to initiate the discussion.

This discussion drew from Dr. Zhang’s latest book, A Cautious New Approach: China’s Growing Trilateral Aid Cooperation, which is available for free download from Australian National University Press. During his time as an Asia Studies fellow at the East-West Center in Washington in 2018, Dr. Zhang also wrote on this topic for the East-West Center’s AsiaPacific Issues and Asia Pacific Bulletin series.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Denghua Zhang is a research fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. His research focuses largely on Chinese foreign policy, foreign aid, and China in the Pacific. Recently, he has published with journals such as The Pacific ReviewThird World QuarterlyThe Round Table and Asian Journal of Political Science. His book on Chinese foreign aid especially trilateral aid cooperation in Asia-Pacific was recently published by the Australian National University Press (free to download, He was an Asia Studies Visiting Fellow (ASVF) at the East-West Center in Washington in 2018.

Dr. Ellen L. Frost is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the East-West Center and a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute of National Strategic Studies. She writes and lectures on Asia-related topics, especially Indo-Pacific political-economic issues and their strategic and security implications. Her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism. She is also the author of For Richer, For Poorer: The New U.S.-Japan Relationship and Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda. Dr. Frost previously served in the US government as Counselor to the US Trade Representative (1993–95), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic and Technology Affairs (1977-81), a career civil servant in the Treasury Department (1974–77), and a legislative assistant in the US Senate (1972–74). During the 1980s she worked for two multinational corporations. From 1996 to 2014 she was a senior fellow and subsequently a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics. Dr. Frost is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the US Committee of CSCAP (Council on Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific). She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University, an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang