Asia Talks

A web-dialogue series by IJP

The ongoing pandemic bears the challenge to increase the quality and quantity of fact-based information across borders and without crossing borders. It questions our working and living conditions, our values, our understanding of different political spheres as well as our approach to manifold topics in reporting. Background information and the understanding of global perspectives are key for our judgement, not only as journalists.

Therefore, IJP are introducing Season 4 of our dialogues on Asia-related topics. On a regular basis, we address topics like the impact of science on our societies, concepts for an economic recovery or capacity building in relation to climate change, just to name a few. The political interdependencies between Germany, the EU and Asia will be in our focus. 

Get engaged in our fourth Asia Talk series. Tune in for the virtual opportunities to exchange ideas, perspectives and enhance our web talks with your expertise on your respective regions. 

Asia Talk #6 (Season 4)

Looking ahead – Hong Kong's prospects from the German perspective


  • Stefanie Seedig, Consul General to Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR
  • Hannes Farlock, Delegate and Chief Representative of German Industry and Commerce, Ltd., Hong Kong

Asia Talk #5 (Season 4)

Arts and Politics – New Waves in Asia


  • Vivienne Chow, award-winning journalist and writer specialising in arts and culture
  • Liang-Pin Tsao, artist and director of Lightbox Photo Library, Taiwan
  • PDF summary of the talk

Asia Talk #4 (Season 4)

The Future on Our Plates – Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security


  • Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, Chair for Agricultural Policy, University Göttingen /Germany
  • Chris Krause, researcher and advisor for sustainable food, Tokyo /Japan
  • Witoon Lianchamroon, Director BIOTHAI Foundation, Bangkok /Thailand
  • PDF summary of the talk

Asia Talk #3 (Season 4)

Recap G20 Bali Summit – A Glimpse of Hope?


  • Shada Islam, Brussels-based specialist on European Union Affairs who works independently as a commentator and analyst; founder of the think tank 'New Horizons'
  • Sofie Syarief, former achor for Kompas TV in Indonesia; currently working as an independent researcher and journalist
  • PDF summary of the talk

Asia Talk #2 (Season 4)

Taiwan – Beyond the "Current Affairs" Reporting


  • Antonia Märzhäuser, freelance journalist, based in Berlin
  • Tobias Sauer, freelance reporter and editor, based in Berlin
  • PDF summary of the talk

Asia Talk #1 (Season 4)

Taiwan-China Tensions – Its Implications for their Neighbouring Countries

– How can the growing tension be read also in the EU angle? –


  • Alfred Wu, Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore
  • Grzegorz Stec, Analyst, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
  • PDF summary of the talk

Asia Talks - Special (April 2022)


New geopolitics and tomorrow's world order - the Asian perspective




Asia Talk #8 (Season 3)

China-Russia - Strategic alignment or alliance in the making?


  • Finbarr Bermingham, Europe Correspondent, South China Morning Post
  • Matthias Kamp, China Correspondent, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)
  • Marc Saxer, Head of Asia Department, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES)

Asia Talk #7 (Season 3)

North Korea - A novel approach - Getting a glimpse behind the iron curtain


  • Dr. Bernhard J. Seliger, Director Hanns-Seidel Foundation, Seoul

Asia Talk #6 (Season 3)

"RCEP: There is far more to it than economic alliances and what is in for Europe"


  • Shada Islam, Center for Global Development, Brüssel
  • Martin Fritz, German Correspondent Börsenzeitung and Wirtschaftswoche, Tokyo

Asia Talk #5 (Season 3)

What China is up to in Africa and what do African countries expect?
Joined IJP Asia & Africa Talk


  • Dr. Christian Straube, Programme Manager China Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln
  • Alan Robles, South China Morning Post / Correspondent Manilla
  • Oshodi Adbul-Gafar, Lecturer Lagos State University / Lagos

Asia Talk #4 (Season 3)

Taiwan's appraoch to its recent history - White Terror, Transitional Law and Digitization


  • Ms Fan Yun, Legislator Taiwan Government

Asia Talk #3 (Season 3)

Key Trends in EU - German - China Relations
The Future of Hong Kong and Implications for Taiwan


  • Didi Kirsten Tatlow, DGAP
  • Grzegorz Stec, MERICS

Asia Talk #2 (Season 3)

Reality Check: Germany - Indonesia 
Recovery from the Pandemic - A Comparison


  • Joe Miller, correspondent, Financial Times Germany and author of the book "The Vaccine"
  • Sofie Syarief, news anchor, talk show host and executive producer for Kompas TV, Indonesia

Asia Talk #1 (Season 3)

Achieving climate goals through gender equality

- Dialogue & interactive workshop - 


  • Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth, Climate Diplomacy Analyst, adelphi
  • Anika Nicolaas Ponder, Team Leader Sustainability & Innovation, IKEM 
  • Alexandra Steinkraus, Research Associate, IKEM

Asia Talk #7 (Season 2)

Urban opportunities: bridging the climate finance gap


  • Rachana Kanakagiri, Consultant for sustainable finance and stakeholder engagement, adelphi

Asia Talk #6 (Season 2)

The Nexus of Climate, Conflict and Social Change in South Asia: Narratives of the Subcontinent 


  • Omer Ali, Consultant for international Migration Policy and Capacity Building

Asia Talk #5 (Season 2)

Challenge or opportunity: sustainable peace in a changing climate


  • Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth, Climate Diplomacy Analyst, adelphi

Asia Talk #4 (Season 2)

Ocean-based climate solutions for a sustainable future


  • Martha Selwyn, United Nations Global Compact

Asia Talk #3 (Season 2)

The Influence of Architecture and Rural Revitalization on Social Cohesion


  • Eduard Kögel, Architect and Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Chinese Architectural History at Quinghua University in Beijing.

Asia Talk #2 (Season 2)

Stakeholder Engagement in Smart City Projects


  • Nikita Shetty, Consultant Energy & Smart Cities, BABLE

Asia Talk #1 (Season 2)

The role of Deforestation in Climate Change


  • Sanggeet Mithra Manirajah, Land Use Consultant, Climate Focus

Asia Talk #7 (Season 1)

"Are you going to finish that?" - Tackling food waste: Ideas and innovation from Japan


  • Kenji Sekine, Social Entrepreneur und Filmproduzent, United People
  • Natsuko Tagasako, Expertin im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit und Energiewende

Asia Talk #6 (Season 1)

Empowerment through energy access: Solar energy for better lives and new business in off-grid communities


Rajon Bhuiyan, Ph.D. Researcher, FINATRAX research group at the SnT - Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg

Asia Talk #5 (Season 1)

Oceans & Plastic: Trends, impact and response


  • Willy Kwong, Director A Plastic Ocean Foundation and Co-Chair of the RESOLVE Foundation Hong Kong 
  • Laura Agusto, A Plastic Ocean Foundation

Asia Talk #4 (Season 1)

Grassroot Movements driving Climate Action: Energy Transition in Taiwan


Shi Ting Chen, Green Citizens' Action Alliance (GCAA)

Asia Talk #3 (Season 1)

Women and the Future of Work


  • Anuradha Sharma, freelance journalist, Darjeeling / India
  • Chitradeepa Anantharam, journalist at The Hindu, Chennai / India

Asia Talk #2 (Season 1)

Sustainable Cities


Nikita Shetty, Smart City Consultant, Bable Institute

Asia Talk #1 (Season 1)

Farm to Fork - Ideas and steps towards a sustainable food sector


Dr. Bérénice Dupeux, Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture, The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

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