Canada and Australia in Asia-Pacific: Walking the Walk or Talking the Talk
Mar 06, 2015
Asian states will look at potential partners around the Pacific Rim and determine if they are ready to walk the walk or simply talk the talk. So far the lesson of Canada and Australia is that walking the walk requires sustained, strategic commitment, but has a big potential payoff. Australia has been taking concrete steps to solidify its relationship with Asia; Canada has been talking about it, and is only now starting to put into place an engagement program with substance.
Chinese Holiday Customs in Transition
Mar 05, 2015
Holidays in China are changing. For the generation that lived though the 1960s and 1970s famine, they were associated with abundant eating. Notwithstanding the influence of western holidays, Xi Jinping’s anti-graft measures have considerably changed the holidays by fighting party extravagance of food and gifts with simplicity and thrift.
The Assumption that a Rising China Seeks Hegemony is Wrong
Mar 04, 2015
China’s rise has given life to assumptions about the intentions of China’s influence. Wu Zurong dispels the notion of a Chinese “secret strategy” to replace the United States as the global superpower, and describes the complex historical relationship between China and the U.S. which has largely been based on cooperation.
            
Energy & Environment
Ride the Early Tides of a Sea Change
Mar 02, 2015
Newly adopted climate mitigations have caused China’s coal and electricity consumption to fall the first time this century. Coal and heavy industries were the most targeted sectors, which has led to more demand from unconventional oil extraction – extraction that could have unintended negative consequences.
Foreign Policy
“Up to a point”: The China-Pakistan Relation
Mar 04, 2015
Andrew Small’s new book on China-Pakistan relations is a very significant new revelation on a relationship that has been primarily strategic and military-based since its beginnings. The Karakoram Highway, which connects the two countries, has very little economic value and increasingly “Talibinization” has become a concern for Beijing, which may see its ally as a strategic counter to India’s eminence.
Finance & Economy
New Prospects for China-U.S. Economic Ties
Mar 04, 2015
Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, recently suggested ways to further improve China-U.S. economic cooperation, which is the major external factory driving the improvement of bilateral relations. Export restrictions, economic recognition, IMF quotas, and U.S. politicization of economic issues have been some of the major problems hindering economic ties.
Finance & Economy
Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area: a Roadmap and Priority Tasks
Mar 03, 2015
As the two largest economies, China and the U.S. are trying to formulate a new-type of major-country relationship. The establishment of a free trade area should be an integral part of such relationship. This will be a challenging mission, but the rewards will be tremendous.
Political & Social Development
Xi Jinping: The Governance Of China
Mar 02, 2015
Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, is the Chinese leader’s book on proper leadership in China, with a heavy focus on ousting corruption, a direct threat to the legitimacy of the party. While the party cracks down, it also has made it more difficulty for anonymous web users to expose party privilege abuse on micro-blogs, begging the question of whether this book favors slogan over good governance.
Finance & Economy
Is China a Leader in the Third Industrial Revolution?
Mar 02, 2015
Discussion of whether or not China will lead the world through a “third industrial revolution” ignores the China’s excess supply of low quality products, polluted air and water, and an information sector that isn’t completely integrated with manufacturing. China still has a ways to go in industrializing while facing changing international circumstances.
Political & Social Development
The Political Reform Hong Kong Needs Is not “Real Elections”
Feb 27, 2015
The call for “real elections” has been the rallying cry of Hong Kong protestors, but open and direct elections of the Chief Executive may actually exacerbate the problem by introducing political gridlock. Lawrence Zhang explore three structural problems in the Hong Kong political system, highlighting the need to link up the Exco and Legco in a way that creates more effective and responsive government in practice as well as in the perception of the voting public.
Energy & Environment
Building a Cleaner China from the Grassroots Up
Feb 25, 2015
Increasingly, China’s local environmental groups are finding themselves well positioned to ensure governmental support for environmental improvement and accountability. The national government of China has signaled a green light for citizen groups to take an active part in forging a more sustainable development path, but local governments are still unsure of the role that civil society groups can and will play in improving China’s environment.