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Agriculture in Abenomics: the changing political dynamics of Japanese agriculture

by Dr Yoshihisa Godo

Friday, 4 September 2015 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 7, No 1, Jan/Mar 2015)


an SSCI Journal


China: An International Journal
(Volume 13, Number 1, April 2015)


Chinese Regions in Change: Industrial Upgrading and Regional Development Strategies

by Hong YU


The Political Economy of Deng's Nanxun: Breakthrough

in China's Reform and Development

by John WONG


Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform

by WANG Gungwu


Food Security: The Role of Asia and Europe in Production, Trade and Regionalism

Edited by Wilhelm HOFMEISTER, Patrick RUEPPEL and John WONG


Advancing Singapore-China Economic Relations

Edited by SAW Swee-Hock & John WONG




黄朝翰、赵力涛 著


Parliaments in Asia: Institution Building and Political Development

Edited by ZHENG Yongnian, LYE Liang Fook & Wilhelm HOFMEISTER


East Asian Institute Ranks Fifth in Asia and the Pacific Region in 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Survey

East Asian Institute (EAI) is placed fifth overall in the Asia and the Pacific category (which excludes China, India, Japan and South Korea) of the 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Survey's annual rankings.

For the second year running, EAI has retained its fifth position since it was first nominated in 2011. The 2013 international rankings report was released on 22 January 2014 by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the United Nations University and the World Bank in Washington DC.

Out of 6,826 think tanks invited to participate in the 2013 survey that consisted of 47 categories, 171 think tanks advanced into the nomination round and were ranked based on a set of stringent selection criteria such as quality and commitment of think tank's leadership, quality and reputation of research staff as well as the research and analysis produced and so on. EAI encompasses these attributes that contribute to its overall institutional standings.

EAI shares the roll of honour for the aforementioned category with four other Singapore think tanks, namely the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), which secures the top spot; the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, which is ranked 11th; the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies ranked 16th; and the Political Risks Assessment Group ranked 29th.  

The 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Survey rankings report can be accessed at the Go To Think Tank website.

China: An International Journal (CIJ), indexed and abstracted in SSCI, JCR and CC/Social and Behavioral Sciences of Thomson Reuters

The East Asian Institute (EAI) is pleased to announce that, effective from December 2010, China: An International Journal (CIJ) will be indexed and abstracted in the renowned and authoritative interdisciplinary citation indexes of Thomson Reuters:

Social Sciences Citation Index®;

Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition; and

Current Contents®/Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The earliest issue of CIJ available for access in Thomson Reuters database is volume 7, issue 1, published in March 2009.

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EAI Weekly Talking Point

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Taiwanese Student Protests over Revised Guidelines to History Textbook

It could be construed as a case of bad timing that revised versions of Taiwanese high-school history textbooks hit the shelves this August, just months away from the 2016 Taiwan's presidential election. The fierce stand-offs between Taiwanese students and the authorities were a culmination of strong resistance to the proposed guideline revisions to history curriculum initiated by Taiwan's education ministry in early 2014.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

China's Anti-corruption Drive Continues

New "tigers" have finally emerged after months of insubstantial progress in China's sweeping anti-corruption campaign since the haul of "super tiger" last year—i.e. the arrest of former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang on corruption charges.

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in focus

Does Public Consultation Matter? An Empirical Finding on the Politics of Authoritarian Deliberation in China 

13 April 2015

China, a one-party state characterised by authoritarian concentration of power, has developed a wide variety of public consultative deliberative practices in the last decade. The debate on the origin and effect of public consultation or hearings in China has fallen into two camps: one sees the emergence of local deliberative democracy in China as good prospects for democracy, while the other dismisses it outright. Both camps have based their evidence and sentiments on limited data, case study or personal impression.

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China's Growth and Productivity Performance Debate Revisited

27 March 2015

Understanding China's productivity growth is crucial, given the sheer size and high degree of integration of its economy with the world economy. Besides, China's shift to a more efficient and productivity-led growth from an investment-driven, extensive growth model is seen to be in the world's best interest. However, after two decades of continuous research efforts, any conclusive findings and general consensus about the productivity growth in China have yet been derived by economists and academics.

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LATEST China AnalysEs


Alvin LIM Cheng Hin, 22 July 2015

China's 'Belt and Road' framework offers funding, expertise and industrial technology for massive infrastructural projects in the geographical areas under the 'Silk Road Economic Belt' and '21st Century Maritime Silk Road' regional development plans. Africa is located at the far west of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The infrastructural projects to be undertaken in Africa under the 'Belt and Road' framework include the construction and development of key transportation hubs and infrastructure such as deepwater ports and regional rail corridors. These massive infrastructural projects represent important opportunities for Chinese companies to expand and diversify their businesses in Africa. In turn, China's partner countries in Africa can expect to accelerate their economic development without having to worry about political interference.

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LAM Peng Er, 22 July 2015

China-Thailand Kra Infrastructure Investment and Development and Asia Union Group had reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding in Guangzhou in May 2015 to build a Kra Canal in southern Thailand. The alleged project will link the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean to provide a shorter, faster and cheaper navigational route, bypassing the congested Strait of Malacca. The Chinese developer claimed that the proposed Kra Canal will advance President Xi Jinping's Maritime Silk Road strategy and bring economic benefits to Thailand. However, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Thailand's Ministry of Transportation emphatically denied any official bilateral agreement on the Kra Canal, but were silent on the possibility of bilateral private sector cooperation on the canal. Indeed, private sectors (business and academia) from Thailand and China have been lobbying for the Kra Canal project and will continue to do so despite official denial. China is a potential game changer who can possibly turn this Siamese fantasy into reality in the 21st century.  It has the money, technology and strong political leadership with the vision of dovetailing the Kra Canal development with Xi Jinping's Maritime Silk Road strategy. Arguably, the bottleneck to the Kra Canal proposal is the polarised Thai domestic politics. If China can build the Nicaragua Canal, it is possible for Beijing to do likewise at the Isthmus of Kra.

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