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International Conference

(Organised by East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore)

China in World Politics: Is China a Status Quo Power?

Date: 25-26 September 2014 (Thursday & Friday)

Venue: York Hotel, Singapore  More

EAI Distinguished Public Lecture

The Age of China Anxiety

by Professor Zhang Yongjin

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 at 4:30pm  More

EAI Seminars

Open Government Information Law in China: Opportunities and Challenges

by Dr Yu Wenxuan

Friday, 19 September 2014 at 3:30pm  More

Capital Misallocation in Chinese Manufacturing: Financial Frictions or Policy Distortions?

by Dr Wu Guiying Laura

Friday, 3 October 2014 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 6, No 2, Apr/June 2014)


an SSCI Journal


China: An International Journal
(Volume 12, Number 2, August 2014)


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, 22 July 2014

The BRICS Challenging the Post-War Order?

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the five emerging economies that make up the BRICS grouping, recently announced the launch of two financial institutions, namely the National Development Bank (NDB) with an initial capital of US$50 billion to finance infrastructure and "sustainable development" projects and the US$100 billion Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) to tide over members in financial difficulties.

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Europe's Pivot towards Asia? New Opportunities and Challenges in EU-Asia Relations

14 January 2014

While media focus in this part of the world has always been on the Pacific powers, namely the United States, China and Japan, this roundtable discussion brought the strategic relations between the European Union (EU) and Asia, an infrequently broached subject, in the spotlight. 

The East Asian Institute (EAI) collaborated with Professor Thomas Christiansen, Jean Monnet Chair of European Institutional Politics from Maastricht University and visiting senior research fellow at EAI, in co-organising an international conference, titled Europe's Pivot towards Asia? New Opportunities and Challenges in EU-Asia Relations, that convened leading experts and scholars from Australia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and Singapore. This conference, spearheaded by GEAR (Research Group on EU-Asia Relations), provided an in-depth and multidisciplinary analysis of the challenges of EU-Asia relations. 

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LATEST China AnalysEs


LU Ding, 4 September 2014

China's "youth drain" phenomenon is distinct from rural-urban migration in other countries. The majority of China's rural migrant workers who work and live in urban sectors have left behind their junior and elderly dependents in home villages. Many of them plan to return and retire in their homeland after spending their prime years in cities. This particular pattern of labour migration aggravates inequality of development opportunities across regions. China's recent adjustment of its one-child policy is unlikely to produce a significant baby boom that could reverse the long-term demographic trends. Empirical evidence from international data suggests that China's population ageing has reached a level that its further rise will slow down productivity growth. The phenomenon of "youth drain" is rooted in two institutions in Chinese society: The hukou (household registration) system denies rural hukou holders' access to key public services in urban areas. The rural land tenure system ties rural residents to a piece of collectively owned land in their home village. The Chinese Communist Party has pledged to overhaul these two institutions.

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ZHONG Sheng & PING Xiaojuan, 29 August 2014

The Rural Land Consolidation (RLC) programme was introduced to China in 1998 by the Chinese government to alleviate the tension between higher urbanisation rate and the scarce rural cultivated land. Despite the effort that the Chinese government has made to pave the way for effectively implementing Village Relocation and Combination (VRC) programme, problems such as discontent from rural collectives and power asymmetry among programme participants are stumbling blocks. A partnership-based participative RLC would thus be necessary to achieve high degree of stakeholder consent and strong partnership relations, as well as further enhance the effectiveness of the programme. A reasonable benefit sharing scheme is crucial to a partnership-based RLC, in which rural villagers should be well informed and positioned with adequate information and substantial public consultation. Although transforming the existing RLC practice into partnership-based participative process may face obstacles, the successful pilot practices in Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces have proved its viability.

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Sarah Y. TONG & ZHOU Zhihua, 29 August 2014

China's housing market saw an overall decline in the first half of 2014, due largely to the serious shortage of capital in the real estate sector. So far there is little sign that the central government will rescue the market through administrative measures. Instead, the government pledged to strengthen the role of the market in the real estate sector and shift its housing governance away from strong administrative intervention. Despite dampening growth, the market downturn is deemed good for accelerating institutional rearrangements in China's housing market. However, much remains to be done for a healthy housing sector to emerge, including the development of an effective financial sector and an overhaul in the taxation and fiscal systems.

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