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EAI Seminars

The City for Intermediaries: Compradors in Hong Kong, 1830s to 1880s

by Dr Kaori Abe

Friday, 16 October 2015 at 3:30pm


Silk Road or Gas Pipelines: The Imperatives of China's Energy Security

by Mr Nazir Shah

Friday, 23 October 2015 at 3:30pm


State-Owned Enterprises in South Korea

by Dr Kilkon Ko

Friday, 30 October 2015 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 7, No 2, Apr/June 2015)


an SSCI Journal


China: An International Journal
(Volume 13, Number 2, August 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, 22 September 2015

China's Push for the Reform of State-owned Enterprises

The 'Guiding Opinion on Deepening Reform of the State-owned Enterprises (SOEs)' document, jointly released by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council in September 2015 is just one of the many documents issued during the administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The issuance of a multitude of guidelines and documents in a relatively short period of time was unheard of in the past administrations of Hu Jintao-Wen Jiabao and Jiang Zemin-Zhu Rongji. This reflects Xi's unchallenged leadership in the 'leading small groups' as well as his ideological approach in promulgating reforms.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Singapore General Election 2015 Results and the Implications

The unexpected overwhelming win of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in Singapore General Election 2015 was aptly described as a 'PAP electoral tsunami'. The ruling party has secured 83 of the 89 parliamentary seats but of greater significance is the wide national swing of 9.72% towards the ruling party, which won 69.9% of the popular vote—a remarkable improvement from its vote share of 60.1% in 2011 general election.

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in focus

China's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-Commerce 

15 May 2015

Cross-border online and mobile shopping is projected to show strong growth. Online shopping population worldwide will increase from 93.7 million in 2013 to 130 million in 2018, while shoppers that use mobile devices will also rise from 46.3 million to 72.6 million over the same period. Spending by online consumers is estimated to augment by 200% from US$105 billion in 2013 to US$307 billion in 2018, and that incurred by consumers using mobile devices will triple from US$36.4 billion in 2013 to US$106 billion in 2018.          

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

8 May 2015

Currently, 21.9% of the world's elderly population aged 65 and above is from China. By 2050, China will maintain the same proportion of world's elderly population at 22.2%. To counter the trend of population ageing, the Chinese government has begun to relax the one-child policy but it is not completely clear the extent this policy change will alleviate the problem.

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LATEST China AnalysEs


CHIANG Min-Hua, 9 September 2015

South Korea's market income-based gini coefficient increased progressively from 0.264 in 1997 to 0.307 in 2013. The relative poverty rate based on market income also surged from 8.7% to 14.5% during the same period. The expansion in poorly paid non-regular workers after the Asian financial crisis, the shift of manufacturing employment to jobs with lower wages following the de-industrialisation, and constant wage disparity between large and small companies are reasons behind the enlarging income inequality. Tackling the inequality issue will need long term efforts from both the government and society. In the short run, given the pressure from the slowing down of the global economy, the country may put more emphasis on stimulating economic growth.

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CHEN Gang, 9 September 2015

China's campaign against corruption is going on unabated, with its focus being shifted from big-timers in the Party and government departments to senior executives in the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Previous disciplinary inspections that covered 14 major SOEs in 2013 and 2014 led to the fall of over 70 SOE executives. In 2015, the number of SOEs under inspection jumped to 43. SOE executives' wrongdoings included travelling at public expense, playing golf with public funds, extravagant spending at private clubs, high-profile wedding and funeral ceremonies, and gift giving as well as embezzling of public money, among other malfeasance. The overexpansion of super SOEs has caused serious socioeconomic repercussions. The government's increased support of SOEs has spawned the phrase guojin mintui, or "the state advances, the private sector retreats," among market proponents in China. With the graft-busters' intensified inspections of SOEs, the leadership could roll out SOE reforms at a faster pace.

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