Making progress on Tibet

Looking homewards: novices at a Tibetan monastery in Mustang, Nepal. Many Tibetan exiles are banking on reforms in China to resolve the dispute. (Photo: Bartosz Hadyniak, iStock).

Author: Robert Barnett, Columbia University

The Chinese authorities last met with representatives of the Tibetan exile leadership five years ago. Since then, no progress has been made towards a resolution of the China–Tibetan dispute. Meanwhile, protests against Chinese rule have continued, with over a hundred self-immolations by Tibetans. Read more…

China–US economic relations no zero-sum game

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 12 November 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Li Shengjiao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China

The ‘China threat theory’ is once again in vogue, as US President Barack Obama pushes to overcome domestic resistance to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Read more…

The Philippine economy is powering into 2015

A boy walks on one of the trusses of the Quezon Bridge in Manila. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Gilberto M. Llanto, PIDS

The Philippines never had it so good. But with a slowing global economy and an election coming up in 2016, what can it expect from the future? Read more…

India’s population in 2050: extreme projections demand extreme actions

Indian women travel in a crowded coach on a train at a railway station in New Delhi on February 26, 2013 (Photo: AAP).

Author: Ranjit Goswami, IMT, Nagpur

In 2050 India’s population is projected to be 1.69 billion — China’s will be 1.31 billion.

India has experienced extraordinary population growth: between 2001 and 2011 India added 181 million people to the world, slightly less than the entire population of Brazil. Read more…

AIIB miles ahead of TPP in promoting integration

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping head for their bilateral meeting in California on 7 June 2013. The United States is currently attempting to thwart the China-led AIIB by completing the TPP. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Andrew Elek, ANU

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a far more economically efficient option than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for integrating Asian economies to each other and to the rest of the world. While the United States is attempting to thwart China’s AIIB by completing the TPP, it is likely to result in net costs to countries other than the US. Read more…

Xi Jinping’s comprehensive fight against corruption

Chinese Peoples Armed Policemen are on patrol at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 9 November 2013. An elite body of Chinas ruling Communist Party opened a crucial policy conclave Saturday (November 9 2013) to endorse reforms to bolster a slowing economy and address imbalances built up during years of torrid growth. The four-day meeting of the Central Committee, in keeping with tradition, is taking place behind closed doors and with minimal real-time publicity. The official Xinhua News Agency issued a terse report confirming the meetings opening. It said the body would discuss major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms.If the party hews to past practice, details of the gathering wont be released until it closes Tuesday. Among the reforms on the table, according to officials and state media, are reforms to create more space for private businesses, liberalize the financial sector and make it easier for rural Chinese to move to urban areas.

Author: Angus Nicholson, ANU

Xi Jinping’s recent announcement of the Four Comprehensives is crucial to reform in the Chinese Communist Party (CPC).

The Four Comprehensives are likely to be put forward as Xi’s contribution to the CPC theoretical canon, providing the ideological legitimacy for his reform and anti-corruption campaign. Read more…

China under Deng Xiaoping’s leadership

Visitors look at the bronze statue of Deng Xiaoping which was installed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2004, in Guangan. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Ezra F Vogel, Harvard University

When Deng Xiaoping became pre-eminent leader of China in December 1978, China was still in the chaos from the Cultural Revolution. Per capita annual income was less than US$100.

By the time he stepped down in 1992, several hundred million Chinese citizens had been lifted out of poverty, and China was rapidly becoming stronger, richer and more modern.

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Indonesia’s long road to economic stability

Indonesia moved to a floating exchange rate system in 1997 and has been targeting soft inflation since 2005. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Anwar Nasution, University of Indonesia

Indonesia has come a long way since former president Suharto adopted a new economic stabilisation policy in 1996. But the country must take steps to improve infrastructure and enhance data measurement if it is to realise its economic potential. Read more…

China leading by example in South–South relations

A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for The Export-Import Bank of China in Shanghai, China, 4 November 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Daniel Poon, UNCTAD

China’s revival of ‘South–South’ economic relations raises the opportunity of re-balancing global power. This could have profound implications for economic progress, including poverty reduction and structural change, in the developing world. Read more…

Pakistan faces perilous choice on Yemen

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivers a statement on the Yemen-Saudi Arabia conflict in Islamabad, Pakistan, 13 April 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Abdul Basit, RSIS

Saudi Arabia’s demand that Pakistan joins its coalition against the Houthi uprising in Yemen has put Islamabad in a catch-22 between joining the Saudi alliance and not antagonising its neighbour Iran. Joining the Saudi coalition would have long-term political, economic and security repercussions for Pakistan. Read more…