CNIA is a non-government Malaysian think tank focusing on the studies of the new dynamics of Asia brought about by the rise of China and other Asian powers, in particular, ASEAN and South Asian countries.
The rise of China is considered by many as the most important phenomenon of the 21st century. The world needs to understand China as much as China must know the rules of the game in engaging with the world. Malaysia is uniquely the confluence of Asia’s three great civilisations, namely, Chinese , Indian and Islamic. As a member of the British Commonwealth, Malaysia is also well exposed to Western political and economic philosophies and cultural values.
CNIA intends to exploit this unique advantage – to serve as a bridge to promote better understandings inter and intra Asia, as well as between the New Asia and the World.
CNIA was founded by Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat and Mr Koh King Kee.
Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat, Chairman of CNIA, is the former Federal Transport Minister and Former Deputy Parliament Speaker of Malaysia. He is currently the President of The Malaysia-China Silk Route Business Chamber and has been active in promoting Malaysia – China relations since his early days in active politics, more so after exiting from partisan politics in 2013. He is a well known figure in the Chinese language literary circle for his creative writing as well as his social critique and political commentaries.
Mr Koh King Kee, President of CNIA, is currently the Director of China Belt and Road Desk, Baker Tilly MH Advisory Malaysia. He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaysia and former Research Director of Parti Keadilan Malaysia. Mr Koh has keen interest in the economics and politics of China and has delivered numerous talks on BRI both in Malaysia and China.