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International Conference

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

The Chinese Communist Party in Action

Date: 13-14 August 2015

Venue: York Hotel, Singapore


EAI Seminars

Global Value Chains and China's Exports to High Income Countries

by Professor Xing Yuqing

Friday, 31 July 2015 at 3:30pm


Peace or War Journalism? An Analysis of Chinese News Media's Coverage of the Libyan Crisis in 2011

by Dr Zhang Shixin

Friday, 21 August 2015 at 3:30pm


Social Protection for Workers in the Urban Informal Sector in China

by Dr Qian Jiwei

Friday, 28 August 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, 7 July 2015

Volatility in China's Stock Market—Social, Economic and Political Implications

The Chinese government's panicky and disorderly response to the volatile stock market in recent weeks gives a sense of déjà vu of the public chaos stirred up in 1988 by the tightly controlled state media when former Chinese Premier Zhao Zhiyang ended the dual-pricing system. This reflects the presence of different vested interests in the current regime, and the lack of coordination and integration among state agencies and ministries in the Chinese government.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Takes Shape

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has taken an important step forward to its fruition as representatives of the 57 prospective founding members attended a signing ceremony on 29 June in Beijing. The occasion also marks the beginning of China's learning curve in global governance. Fifty country members had signed the AIIB's articles of agreement, i.e. the ground rules of the bank, while seven others, including the Philippines, held back to seek domestic approval.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2015

China's choice of representative at this year's Shangri-La Dialogue—Admiral Sun Jianguo, who serves in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and also as deputy chief of staff for the PLA General Staff Department—is obvious. It had expected to face a barrage of questions and criticisms from the United States and media arising from the hotspots in the South China Sea and the recent incident between the Chinese Navy and US Poseidon P8-A surveillance plane flying above the Spratlys. ........  

Modi's Report Card on India's Economy

Reviews on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's performance in reviving his country's fledgling economy were mixed.

EAI economists highlighted that though it does not do justice to compare China and India economically since both countries are vastly different in terms of demographic, socio-economic and political make-up, against China's phenomenal economic success, India's achievement is considered modest at the most. .......

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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


YANG Mu & LIM Wen Xin, 18 June 2015

The flourishing internet finance sector in China, buoyed by a rising number of financial services encompassing online payment, online person-to-person lending platforms, and sales of financial products through the internet has challenged the traditional brick-and-mortar banks. According to McKinsey, more than 70% of people in China would open an account with a purely digital bank. On 29 December 2014, Tencent officially launched WeBank, China's first online-only private bank, named after the company's popular WeChat messaging application, which has about 440 million users. As internet-finance products are new in China, relevant legislations are lagging behind product innovations. People's Bank of China noted that in comparison to traditional finance, risks posed by internet finance are more concentrated in risk control and consumer information security. It is therefore important for the government to strike a subtle balance between financial stability and financial liberalisation. 

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YANG Mu, Henry CHAN & LIM Wen Xin, 18 June 2015

China runs more than half of the world's High Speed Rail (HSR) system and has the world's largest and fastest HSR network. The year 2014 saw the fastest growth in rail equipment exports and railway infrastructure projects in overseas markets. Chinese railway equipment companies have thrived due to cost advantage and shorter delivery time. Nevertheless, China's railway export still faces challenges in areas such as safety concern, branding, intellectual property issue, technology development, as well as malignant competition among Chinese railway companies. Domestic politics and geopolitical factors pose significant challenges to the export of the Chinese HSR system to many developing countries. In conjunction with the One Belt One Road initiative proposed by China, an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank running on a multilateral basis with a high degree of professionalism can effectively neutralise the adverse geopolitical concern of many potential rail buying countries.

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