Wenting He

PhD Candidate


BA (University of Macau), MA (ANU)

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My broad research interest revolves around how crisis as a key mechanism drives the change of institutional policies, with a focus on the interplay of ideas and discourse, structural shifts and policy responses.

I completed my Masters in International Relations at The Australian National University. My master’s thesis examines the change in IMF policy regarding capital account liberalisation in the Asian Financial Crisis. Based on a theoretical framework for the role of ideas and discursive interaction in shaping institutional policies, the thesis explains why the IMF qualified its support for capital account liberalisation in crucial ways during the Asian Financial Crisis. It argues that the IMF policy change was the result of discursive struggles over the meaning and lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis, most importantly across New Classical, New Keynesian and Post Keynesian interpretations.

My current work focuses on two projects. One is my PhD dissertation, which is to investigate how China engages with global monetary governance specifically looking through the lens of the Group of Twenty. The dissertation seeks to identify ideational tensions underpinning China’s policies of global monetary governance in a broad range of issues such as the reform of international financial institutions, China’s important economic and strategic agendas (e.g. ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) that has been highlighted in the process of the G20, and internationalisation of the renminbi. Another project seeks to explain the change of U.S. foreign economic policy towards China in the past decade, from a mixture of cooperation and competition in the Obama Administration to nearly full-blown rivalry in the Trump Administration. It highlights how leadership’s policy narrative plays an important role in shaping U.S. national interest in economic cooperation with China.


Semester 2 2019: INTR3002 (Global Governance in the Asia Pacific) Semester 1 2020: INTR8013 (International Political Economy)

Thesis topic

Understanding China’s Engagement with Global Monetary Governance: The Case of the G20


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