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East Asia Outlook 2015

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

Date: Friday, 9 January 2015

Venue: Orchard Hotel, Singapore


EAI Seminars

Neo-Network Journalism and Activism in Korea

by Dr KyuJin Shim

Friday, 12 December 2014 at 3:30pm


Akihabara: Tokyo's pop-cultural nucleus in Cool Japan industries and globalised fandom consumption

by Dr Lim Tai Wei

Friday, 19 December 2014 at 3:30pm


Pernicious Gaming in China's Target-Based Performance Measurement System

by Dr Gao Jie

Friday, 16 January 2015 at 3:30pm


Social Impact and Risk Assessment: New Requirements for Policy Making and Project Planning in China

by Dr Yan Hao

Friday, 23 January 2015 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 6, No 3, Jul/Sep 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


Health Policy Reform in China: A Comparative Perspective



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


QIAN Jiwei, 20 November 2014

In China, the ratio of deficit and debt to gross domestic product (GDP) remains relatively low, with outstanding central government debt to GDP ratio decreasing from 17.6% in 2005 to 15.3% in 2013. Annual deficit remains at a relatively low level of about 2% of GDP. Estimation of debt-GDP ratio in China from different sources differed between 30% and 80% in 2012. Public finance condition in China is still robust. Future challenges for fiscal sustainability include increasing government social expenditure and growing local government debt. Some policy initiatives have been proposed recently such as budget reform and local pilot programmes for state-owned assets. Remaining issues to be addressed include reforming the intergovernmental fiscal system and budget system, improving the efficiency of fiscal expenditure and regulating privately financed public projects.

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ZHAO Litao & QIAN Jiwei, 20 November 2014

Chongqing is the latest and largest municipality directly under the administration of the central government, and the only one in China's vast inland regions. After the downfall of Bo Xilai, the central leadership sent Zhang Dejiang, then vice premier, as the interim leader to stabilise the scandal-ridden Chongqing. Sun Zhengcai, a new Politburo member at the 18th Party Congress, succeeded Zhang Dejiang in November 2011. Former minister of Agriculture and then party secretary of Jilin before moving to Chongqing, Sun has demonstrated a down-to-earth working style. Policy-wise, he continues but refines what Chongqing has been doing, with possible breakthroughs in some areas. A hopeful for the Politburo Standing Committee at the 19th Party Congress, Sun has one term of five years to demonstrate his leadership capability in Chongqing.

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LIM Tai Wei, 20 November 2014

For more than two years, the leaders of East Asia's two largest economies (China and Japan) did not meet. A golden opportunity arose in the form of an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting in November 2014 when the leaders of all Asia-Pacific countries (including Japan) met in Beijing for economic exchanges. On 10 November 2014, President Xi and Prime Minister Abe met for slightly less than 30 minutes. A motivation for the talk was the Japanese agenda of setting up crisis mechanisms and hotlines, indicating Tokyo's concern about the lack of operational procedures to prevent conflict and its readiness to compromise on certain issues.

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