The Silver Way – One Belt One Road: Models of Globalization


Business and Policy

Evening Presentation and Discussion
Drinks Reception 6:00pm
Presentation and Discussion 6:30pm
Close 8:00pm

China's outward globalization to its west and south has been given the name One Belt One Road and seen as a modern-day reincarnation of the historical Silk Road (or Roads). China's increasing ties with Latin America and the Philippines also have a historical precedent — for 250 years, the "Manila Galleon" were the transports for the "Silver Way" (or "Ruta de la Plata"), bringing American silver to underpin China's money supply while taking back silk, porcelains, and other goods for the American and European markets. Indeed, starting in 1565, the “Silver Way” ushered in our current globalized world.

In this session, experts who cover modern trade and investment relations between the countries of the Silver Way will discuss the significance of China's outward globalization across the Pacific and the current developments in relations between China and Latin America in which Hong Kong and its institutions potentially have a central role to play. 

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books and co-author with Juan José Morales of The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalization, 1565-1815. A graduate of Harvard, he is an entrepreneur, writer, and publisher and has consulted on international trade and investment for companies, financial institution, and various governments. He writes regularly on culture, society, technology, and politics.

Jiang Shixue is a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and concurrently professor and director of the Center for Latin Studies at Shanghai University. He was deputy director of the Institute of European Studies (2009-2017) at CASS, and also former deputy director of the Institute of Latin American Studies (1997-2017) at CASS.


Le Xia is chief economist for Asia at BBVA Research, joining the company in 2010. He also serves as a research fellow at the International Monetary Institute at the Renmin University of China. Prior to joining BBVA Research, Dr. Xia worked for the Treasury Department of Bank of China (Hong Kong). He has a master’s degree from Renmin University and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong.

Reuben Mondejar is a professor for Asian programs at IESE Business School, and formerly associate professor of management at the City University of Hong Kong. He has also held academic appointments at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge Universities, among others, and is author or co-author of eight books. Dr. Mondejar was educated at De La Salle University (Manila), Harvard University, and IESE-University of Navarre.

Alicia Garcia

Alicia García Herrero is chief economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis. She is also the senior fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL, a research fellow at Real Instituto El Cano, and adjunct professor at HKUST. Ms. García Herrero also serves as an advisor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s research arm. Ms. García Herrero received her Ph.D. from George Washington University.

Robert Lustberg joined Global Markets Asia Pacific at Banco Santander S.A. Hong Kong in 2015. He began his career at Citibank in New York and London and became a founding partner for Stoneworks Asset Management in London in 2006. He moved to Hong Kong in 2010 to set up their Asia Office. Mr. Lustberg received his bachelor and master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Thu 19 Oct 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Asia Society Hong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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