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China's Efforts to Curb Shadow Banking

by Dr Wan Jing

Friday, 24 April 2015 at 3:30pm


Implications of Retirement Age Extension on Human Capital in China, 2010-2040

by Dr Feng Qiushi

Friday, 8 May 2015 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

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


an SSCI Journal


China: An International Journal
(Volume 12, Number 3, December 2014)


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, 24 March 2015

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew and China-Singapore relations

Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away in the early morning hours of 23 March. China, in its official statement, lauded Lee as the founder and cornerstone of China-Singapore relations, advancing mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and China.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The 2015 Annual Chinese "Lianghui"

Following closely behind xin chang tai (the "new normal"), "renxing"—which means "wilful" in Chinese and is used to refer to Chinese government officials who profligately squander money and abuse power—is the latest buzzword used at this year's "lianghui".

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in focus

Earnings, Income and Wealth Distributions in China: Facts from the 2011 China Household Finance Survey

4 February 2015

In the United States, the profession of high-income earners are normally middle-aged lawyers and Wall Street bankers. However, in China, young households in the 31-35 age group are found to belong to the earning-rich, income-rich and wealth-rich categories. Business income accounts for a large share of their affluence, suggesting that they are entrepreneurs.

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From State Extraction to Market Extraction: The Political Economy of China's Rural Finance

30 January 2015

The lack of sound financial intermediation in terms of coverage, quantity and quality of financial services in rural areas of China has placed the country behind many other developing countries like India and Brazil, from the perspective of rural economy development. This has social-political implications for China's rural areas. By the end of 2013, there were more than 1,500 townships and villages without any form of financial institutions. Lending to rural households accounted for only 5.4% of the country's total lending.

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LATEST China AnalysEs


LAM Peng Er, 12 March 2015

In the January 2015 Sri Lankan presidential election, then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who adopted a "China tilt" in his foreign policy, unexpectedly lost to Maithripala Sirisena. Speculation was then rife that Beijing's Maritime Silk Road strategy may well be thwarted if the new president were to suspend the US$1.4 billion Chinese mega port project in Colombo approved earlier by his predecessor.  Conceivably, the new Sirisena presidency may recalibrate a more "balanced" foreign policy: closer scrutiny of other Chinese projects in Sri Lanka and curtailment of PLAN (PLA Navy) submarines docking at the island to avoid antagonising India. The case of Sri Lanka shows that the realisation of China's envisaged Land and Maritime Silk Roads will be fraught with difficulties. The challenge for China is, therefore, to look for a convergence of interests with the countries along the two Silk Roads.

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ZHANG Chi, 12 March 2015

In 2014/2015, international oil prices plunged, accelerating changes to the global energy strategic landscape. Factors leading to such changes include the eastward shift of the world energy consumption centre, the emergence of the United States as a major oil producer and the dramatic waning of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) influence. These developments are shaping a new order of the global energy system and exerting profound influences on global geopolitics. Various factors contributed to the steep fall in international oil prices, the most important of which is the supply-demand fundamental. For China, the oil prices slump and the changed global energy system is a double-edged sword, bringing important implications for China's national economy, energy security and international strategy.

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