Gu Qingyang

Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Dr Gu Qingyang is an Associate Professor with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). His main research interests include the Chinese economy, urban planning and development, government policy and strategy, as well as globalisation and global governance.

A police robot keeps watch on a shopping street in Shanghai, following the Covid-19 outbreak, on 16 June 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Smart cities: The future of ASEAN-China cooperation

In the post-Covid-19 world, global supply chains are expected to be reconfigured as countries look to reduce their reliance on China. Enter greater room for ASEAN-China cooperation, particularly in areas related to the digital economy, such as in the development of smart cities. Associate Professor Gu Qingyang of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) sets out the arguments.
People commute on a bus during morning rush hour in Beijing on 22 May 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

China's turn towards domestic market amid global uncertainties — good for the world?

China is speeding up its construction of a “domestic circulation system” to complement its international efforts, in a bid to protect itself from any anticipated effects of decoupling from global supply chains. If the world wishes to cut itself off from China, it seems to say, so be it, as it can make its own plans.
A person wearing a face mask walks past a mural by French photographer JR on 20 April 2020 in New York. (Angela Weiss/AFP)

Humanity is facing a crisis of global governance, not globalisation

Don’t shoot the messenger, Prof Gu says. Anti-globalisation activists may be quick to point fingers at globalisation per se for the coronavirus mess the world finds itself in. But such quick conclusions miss the message that many have been saying all along that stronger international institutions are needed to make globalisation work. If the world learns these lessons, globalisation can come back from this crisis stronger than before.
Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong and China's Premier Li Keqiang (fourth and fifth from left) with ASEAN leaders at the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP)

BRI: Singapore and China should build third-party markets together

With their complementary strengths, China and Singapore can undertake Singapore-China projects that meet the needs of developing countries, says academic Gu Qingyang. Among other things, he suggests that the two countries can establish a third-party market cooperation and coordination mechanism to turn the BRI into a platform for win-win global collaboration.
Only when the ownership and operations are diversified can the BRI become a true economic initiative and a platform for global cooperation, and thus extricate itself from endless international and geopolitical disruptions. (iStock)

Why the BRI needs global private investors

There are numerous obstacles to overcome but China needs to get global private investors to come onboard its massive BRI projects. Professor Gu Qingyang opines on China's possible approach and strategy in this third part of his series on the BRI.
Countries will have to work together on the BRI to handle challenges. (SPH)

Why the BRI needs the USA

In the second part of his series on the BRI, Professor Gu Qingyang explains why the US should consider working with China on the BRI.
Bringing the BRI to the world. (SPH)

Why the world needs the BRI

In this first part of a series on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by Professor Gu Qingyang of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), he lays out the context of the BRI and its role in global development.