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EAI Seminars

The Problem of the Chinese Press

by Dr Emily Chua Hui Ching

Friday, 29 May 2015 at 3:30pm


China-Russia Strategic Partnership in the Context of Russia's "Pivot to Asia": Myths and Reality

by Dr Alexander Korolev

Friday, 5 June 2015 at 3:30pm


Rethinking Democracy in Post-Fukushima Japan: A Case of Nuclear Damage Compensation

by Dr Hiro Saito

Monday, 8 June 2015 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 7, No 1, Jan/Mar 2015)


an SSCI Journal


China: An International Journal
(Volume 13, Number 1, April 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, 14 April 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations: Closer to a Deal?

The overwhelming support for China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), particularly by major Western allies of the United States, has taken some shine off from US economic diplomacy in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. In addition, other free trade agreements in the region, such as the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) promoted by China and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by ASEAN, are in direct competition with the TPP for regional influence. In early April, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's emphasis on the importance of concluding the TPP negotiations and his analogy of its importance as "another aircraft carrier" suggests that TPP serves more than simply international economic interests and that it is US strategic rebalancing or pivot towards Asia.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Singapore's Challenges in the Post-Lee Kuan Yew Era

Although public discourse maintains that Singapore has long entered into the post-Lee Kuan Yew era since 2011 when the late Lee Kuan Yew left the Cabinet, his passing on 23 March has been hailed as a great loss to Singapore. To understand the challenges that Singapore would expect to face, it is essential to examine, in retrospect, the legacy of Lee.

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in focus

Confucianism in Chinese Foreign Policy: Historical Traditions and Contemporary Relevance

24 March 2015

As recent Chinese foreign policy discourse has shown, Chinese President Xi Jinping has tapped into ancient Chinese classics, including but not limited to Confucianism, in managing China's foreign relations. Can Confucianism enrich Chinese foreign policy? On what theoretical ground was Confucian foreign policy founded if it indeed existed in Chinese history?

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The Global Energy System: Changes and their Implications for China

13 March 2015

International oil price had dropped to below US$50 per barrel in mid January 2015 from US$112 in June 2014, registering its lowest level since 2009. The impact is felt worldwide with consumers benefiting the most and oil-producing countries the hardest hit.

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LATEST China AnalysEs


Jane DU, 23 April 2015

After market liberalisation in the early 2000s, Chinese government has renewed its concern for food security with the pursuit of a grain reserve chosen as major policy tool. The reason of using it is to address physical interruptions in grain supplies in order to stabilise the grain price and to prevent a food crisis. From 2008 Chinese grain production has been on an upward climb. But with the on-going price spike of grain from 2008 the government has been alerted to the possibility of weakened food accessibility, causing it to intervene in the grain market to enhance overall food security. With most monopolist tools abolished, leaving only the grain reserve, the re-building of grain reserve indicates a potential re-establishment of the state monopoly in food security.

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Jane DU, 23 April 2015

China's food security until early 2000s was mainly achieved by the state monopolised circulation system. The purpose of this system was to subsidise urban industrialisation by squeezing agriculture. The costs of national food security were completely absorbed within this closed system constrained by government finance. Not until the coffers of the Chinese government started to grow rapidly in the 2000s did the government identify an appropriate scale of expenditure that would neither depress food security nor create a potential threat for finance. To strike the right balance between these two, the Chinese government sequentially reformed its pricing system, urban subsidy and the Grain Bureau; the evolution of grain policies shapes the overall landscape of China's food security.

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