Mr Hirokazu KOBAYASHI
Special Advisor to the Minister Regional Head
Asia Pacific Ministry of Economy
Trade and Industry (METI)
4 October 2019
Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Researchers from the Foreign Policy & Security Studies and Economics, Trade and Regional Integration programmes of ISIS Malaysia hosted a meeting with Mr Hirokazu Kobayashi, Special Advisor to the Minister of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Amongst the issues that were discussed included: perceptions on the economic and strategic dimensions of US-China rivalry and its impact on ASEAN broadly, and Malaysia specifically, and the impact of current trade/economic/investment policies in Malaysia, and Malaysia’s perception on initiatives like the BRI, FOIP and Digital Silk Road. The discussion also touched on the fundamentals driving cyber security policies in Malaysia, as well as domestic political developments and its impact on foreign and trade policies.