On 6 July 2018, the Trump administration imposed thefirst1 round of tariffs (List 1) on US$34 billion worth of Chinese imports amid allegations of China’s unfair trade practices related to intellectual property (IP). Subsequently, over the course of 2018, two more rounds of US tariffs were applied—on US$16 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 2) in August 2018 and on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 3) in September 2018.
Calvin is a Senior Analyst in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration division. His primary research interests include economic growth and development, labour markets, and the design of social assistance programmes. Some of his recent work has focused on the unequal labour market impacts of the Covid-19 crisis in Malaysia as well as on regional economic responses to the pandemic. In the past, Calvin has conducted research on a range of topics, including the impacts of the US-China trade conflict on the Asia-Pacific region and the design of cash transfer initiatives like Malaysia's BPR/BSH programme. His work has been published in international journals such as the National Bureau of Asian Research's (NBR) Asia Policy and the Japan Economic Foundation’s Spotlight. Additionally, his research has been featured in domestic and international news platforms like the East Asia Forum and Malaysiakini. Calvin has collaborated on projects with federal and state governments, multinational development organizations, and NGOs, focusing on issues such as the digitalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in Econometrics from Monash University Clayton.
By: Calvin Cheng