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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


YOU Ji, 25 February 2015

The South China Sea (SCS) dispute has evoked a response in Beijing that was once diplomatic to one which is increasingly militarised. Beijing's threat perception has led to the establishment of a Central Crisis-Response Leadership Group (CCRLG) in 2012 to coordinate East and South China Seas (ESCS) affairs. The PLA has exercised directional leadership over SCS affairs since the early 1950s when it took over islands occupied by the ROC troops in the Paracel Islands. The SCS conflict has prompted the PLA to develop catered weapons systems. The PLA has stepped up capability-enhancement as a key component of its military modernisation. For instance, the PLA Navy's South Sea Fleet, the front command of China's SCS management, has grown from the navy's weakest to become the strongest fleet with its continuous enhancement.

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YOU Ji, 25 February 2015

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, China has become more assertive on its sovereignty claims. Such a change also shows a civil-military convergence in a number of policy guidelines for Beijing. First, there would be a need for Beijing to strike a subtle balance between confrontation-aversion and being firm on China's core national interests embodied in its sovereignty claims. Second, pre-emptive measures, which have to be proportionate to well pre-designed "red lines" to deescalate tension in times of exigencies, are needed to prevent further moves by other claimant states in the SCS.  Third, People's Liberation Army's (PLA) guiding principles are to avoid provocative moves, but it should be responsive enough to react in an asymmetric way to achieve some gains. Fourth, Beijing has been careful not to initiate any moves that may trigger collective ASEAN response and decisive intervention from outside the region. Ultimately China has to pursue a SCS policy and strategy that is not irredentist, military oriented and zero-sum.

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