CCAS Mini Workshop
"India and East Asia"
on Friday, December 14, 2007 3:00pm-5:00pm
at CCAS, Doshisha University


Prof. Sunny Kai-Sun Kwong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
"The Financing of Urban Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong"

Prof. Dev Raj Adhikari, Tribhuvan University
"Why India Matters for Japan?"
Prof. Shandre Thangavelu, National University of Singapore
"Singapore India Nexus"

Prof. Shigeyuki Abe, Doshisha University

India, one of the growing BRICS, and the relation with East Asia is the theme of the CCAS Mini Workshop on India and East Asia. Invited speakers are Prof. Kwong of Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prof. Jain of Adelaide University, and Prof. Thangavelu of National University of Singapore. Three of the specialists discussed issues related with India.

Prof. Kwong discussed the financing issue of Hong Kong urban transportation. This topic seemingly is nothing to do with India but this is the key element of India’s development. India lacks in infrastructure so that this topic surely gives hints for India to advance to the next stage of development.

Prof. Jain’s field is Japan’s diplomacy. He talked generally on “Why India Matter for Japan.” He started the historical analysis of Japan’s interest in India. Recent interest has been sparked by at least four factors; they are deterioration in Japan’s China relations, improvement in US-India relations, balancing against China, and band-wagoning with the US. He concluded his speech by emphasizing that Japan should use the currently available momentum to engage India in a comprehensive manner.

Last speaker, Prof. Thangavelu, discussed squarely the importance of India for Japan economy and suggested how Japan should move from here. One approach is to use Singapore’s FTA with India. To deepen economic ties between Japan and India, it is best to use Singapore as a pivotal role to mediate; this is in fact the essence of Thangavelu-Abe paper. He also presented his new paper on comparative advantage and production fragmentation among China, India, and Singapore. Using the concept of Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA), he performed a simple regression to show the following. While China has significantly changed her RCA structures, India has done the same to lesser degree.

Three specialists presented their position papers from different fields. Many interesting questions and comments were raised from the floor for about an hour. This discussion in fact deepened our understanding of still relatively unfamiliar Indian economy.



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