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Workshop on "China's Social Policy and Governance under Xi Jinping"

(Jointly organised by East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore & Institute of Public Policy, South China University of Technology, China)

Date: Friday, 28 November 2014

Venue: EAI Conference Room


EAI Seminars

Resilience of Chinese Adolescents: The Relative Salience of Risk and Protective Factors

by Dr Li Haibin

Friday, 21 November 2014 at 3:30pm


Global Public Goods and the Hegemonic Structure

by Dr Tomoo Kikuchi

Friday, 5 December 2014 at 3:30pm


Neo-Network Journalism and Activism in Korea

by Dr KyuJin Shim

Friday, 12 December 2014 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


BO Zhiyue, 30 October 2014

The Fourth Plenum of the 18th Central Committee decided to establish the rule of law in China, putting the National People's Congress (NPC) and its Standing Committee in the spotlight of Chinese politics. Known as a "rubber stamp" in the Western media, the NPC has experienced ups and downs in its history of 60 years. The legislature was resurrected in the post-Cultural Revolution era but remains as an instrument of the Party apparatus. A mysterious person with a humble background, Zhang Dejiang is the current chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. A capable administer who has served as the party chief of four provincial units and vice premier, he is expected to play a leading role in building the rule of law in China.

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Lance L. P. GORE, 30 October 2014

Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has spilled over the national border in pursuit of fugitive officials suspected of corruption (FCOs). Thousands of corrupt officials have fled the country to safe havens in Western countries, taking with them billions of yuan. China has adopted three main approaches to pursuing FCOs: extradition, repatriation and persuasion. The first two are time-consuming and with a low success rate. The government-pioneered "persuasion" method has achieved some success, repatriating some 40% of the FCOs in 2014. The Chinese system has no shortage of rules, laws and institutional safeguards. However, the excessive concentration of power in the hands of leading cadres and the pervasive guanxi networks effectively neutralise many system designs, allowing crooks to amass a fortune and to escape the country.

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