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9th China-Singapore Forum

(Co-organised by East Asian Institute, Singapore and the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, China)

Public Forum on "China's Maritime Silk Route: Opportunities and Challenges"

Date: Tuesday, 2 September 2014 (9.00am - 12.15pm)

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore  More

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 Seminars

Lights and Shadows of Abenomics

by Dr Yoshihisa Godo

Friday, 5 September 2014 at 3:30pm


Relational Repression in China: Using Social Ties to Demobilize Protesters

by Dr Deng Yanhua

Thursday, 11 September 2014 at 3:30pm  More

Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

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


an SSCI Journal


China: An International Journal
(Volume 12, Number 1, April 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


ZHAO Litao, 7 August 2014

Shanghai and Guangdong are leaders in hukou reform in China. Their initiatives have helped shape national guidelines. Shanghai's experience is particularly relevant to China's large cities. Shanghai uses the annual hukou quota to control its population size, and uses the points-for-hukou system to recruit talents for local economic and social development. Guangdong's experience is particularly relevant for provinces with large migrant population. Its points-for-hukou system has both a province-wide component and a city-specific one, which gives some flexibility to individual cities within a province. Guangdong uses the points-for-hukou system to favour intra-provincial migrants over inter-provincial ones. In practice, the points-for-hukou reform in Shanghai and Guangdong provides little hope for the overwhelming majority of inter-provincial migrants, totalling about 80 million nationwide. Hukou reform for them is not in near sight yet.

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ZHAO Litao, 7 August 2014

The Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang's government released the National New-Type Urbanisation Plan (2014-2020) in March 2014 and the State Council Opinion on Hukou Reform on 24 July 2014. China will abolish the decades-old distinction of agricultural and non-agricultural hukou nationwide. However, the locals versus non-locals distinction remains. The Xi-Li government adopts a tiered approach to hukou conversion, ranging from full liberalisation in towns and small cities to strict control in mega cities. China is likely to meet the 100 million urban population target set for 2020 by registering rural migrants who settle in nearby towns, county seats and small cities as urban residents. A big challenge is the integration of long-distance migrant workers in large cities. The progress is likely to be uneven across cities and problem areas.

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