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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 Distinguished Public Lecture

The Age of China Anxiety

by Professor Zhang Yongjin

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 at 4:30pm  More

EAI Seminars

Open Government Information Law in China: Opportunities and Challenges

by Dr Yu Wenxuan

Friday, 19 September 2014 at 3:30pm  More

Capital Misallocation in Chinese Manufacturing: Financial Frictions or Policy Distortions?

by Dr Wu Guiying Laura

Friday, 3 October 2014 at 3:30pm


Latest Publications


East Asian Policy

(Volume 6, No 2, Apr/June 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


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


GUO Baogang, 21 August 2014

China's administrative reform since 2002 has been linked to its entry to the World Trade Organisation in 2001 and the slowing of China's economic growth due to the economic crises. The separation of the functions of the party and the state and the decentralisation of power and delegation of rights are the dominant themes in China's administrative reform. Thousands of items have been appealed or delegated at the national, provincial and city levels. A new system of retroactive supervision will soon substitute most part of the existing system to produce a leaner and more effective government. The reform has altered state-local relations drastically. Fiscal federalism now characterises central-local relations. Some progress have been made in establishing a public administration ruled by law. The enactment of the Administrative Litigation Law is a milestone in China's legal history. People could for the first time sue the government for decisions that have a direct impact on their lives. Social governance is the latest addition to the governance reform. China's administrative reforms are similar to reforms carried out in other countries. Its goals are to use scientific management to improve efficiency, wage war on the government's wasteful spending, standardise administrative procedures, and limit administrative power to prevent corruption and reduce bureaucratic red tape. With the significant reduction of governmental review and approval powers, it reduces the cost of doing business and improves bureaucratic efficiency.

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GUO Xiajuan, 21 August 2014

To enhance women's participation, participatory gender budget (PGB) has been introduced in China since 2005. PGB is the practice of reviewing the government budget from a gender perspective and evaluating its varying impacts on the two sexes. Three models have since evolved: the "outsider model" initiated by the non-governmental organizations, the "insider model" operated by the government finance bureau, and the "integrated model" run by various agents, incorporating women into the government's budget making. The Wenling experiment is unique due to its introduction of the "democratic consultation meeting", a highly localised institution. It has high women participation in the government's budget decision making. Women's participation is mandated by first, the equal-quota framework which has delegates selected randomly through balloting to ensure impartial allocation between sexes, and mixed gender groups for democratic consultation meeting. Second is the female-priority framework which has an overall majority of female delegates and allocated a separate session during the democratic consultation meeting. The PGB is an important step towards exercising the democratic rights of the people. The local governments have used the PGB as a tool to improve their budget-making process.

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