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EAI Seminars

Legitimacy, Political Culture and Governability in Macao

by Dr Bryan Ho

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 at 3:30pm


Why is China the World's Workshop and India its Office?

by Dr Zheng Yu

Thursday, 31 July 2014 at 3:30pm


Labor Disputes in China: Causes and Resolutions

by Professor Tang Wenfang

Friday, 8 August 2014 at 3:30pm


Mercantilism in a Liberal World Order: The Origin of Persistent Current Account Imbalances

by Dr Mark S. Manger

Monday, 18 August 2014 at 3:30pm



讲题   成长的烦恼:正在崛起的中


主讲者 曹云华教授

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Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 6, No 1, Jan/Mar 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, 10 June 2014

The Changing Spirit of the Annual Gaokao

Whether education is a social equaliser that promotes upward mobility is debatable in China today. The annual gaokao, or China's national college entrance exam, has elicited diverse views of the higher education system in China.

EAI sociologists argued that gaokao is not the one and only pathway to gain admissions to Chinese universities in today's context, unlike in the early years of implementation of gaokao. Students from average-income family background still regard gaokao as an important avenue to higher education, whereas those from affluent families have the financial resources to pursue an overseas education and view it as less important.

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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


Sarah Y. TONG, 10 July 2014

China has become the world's third largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) and is expected to be a net investor in as early as 2014. While the rapid expansion coincided with the government's "Go Out" campaign, Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) is driven increasingly by market forces, including better access to consumer markets and advanced technologies. Moreover, non-SOEs are now dominant in number, as China's overseas investors, in spite of their relatively small average investment. The sectoral mixture of China's OFDI has also become more diversified and less resource-driven. Furthermore, though Asia remains the main designation of China's OFDI, North America has overtaken Africa to be the third largest host of Chinese invested firms, after Europe. 

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Lance L. P. GORE, 10 July 2014

Putin's state visit to China in May 2014 may mark the beginning of a massive strategic shift in geopolitics across Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific if the two states enter into alliance. The respective strengths of the two nations complement each other rather well and they have shared views on many important international issues. However, besides the mutual distrust rooted in history and territorial issues, their respective grand strategies also point to a possible collision course in Central Asia. There is the possibility of them being forced into alliance by the existing networks of security alliances that the United States has constructed on both sides of Eurasia. With declining power the United States will increasingly rely on these alliances to antagonise China and Russia.

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