Building the basis for India–China cooperation

Chinese vice president Li Yuanchao chats with Indian vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari prior to their meeting in New Delhi, India, 6 November 2015. Chinese vice president Li Yuanchao is in India on a state visit to strengthen the political and bilateral ties between the two countries. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Sana Hashmi, Centre for Air Power Studies

Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao paid a high-profile visit to India from 3–7 November 2015. This was the first time that a Chinese Vice President had paid a state visit to India. The visit followed two other high profile events: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India in September 2014 and Read more…

Is RMB in the SDR a blessing for China?

China will deliver a slew of economic and financial reforms over the next five years, which will help the yuan become an international currency by 2020, according to Chinese central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Masahiko Takeda, Hitotsubashi University

On 13 November 2015, the IMF’s Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, released a statement that an IMF Executive Board meeting will be held on 30 November to decide whether to include the Chinese reminbi (RMB) in the Special Drawing Rights’ (SDR) valuation formula. She said: ‘IMF staff assesses that the RMB meets the requirements to be a “freely usable” currency and, accordingly, the staff proposes that the Executive Board … include it in the SDR basket’. Read more…

Japan’s post-Fukushima energy challenge

Workers inspect contaminated water storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Okuma. Following the Fukushima disaster, re-opening nuclear power plants throughout Japan will require a major change in the public mindset. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hugh Patrick, Columbia Business School

Energy is probably Japan’s greatest vulnerability, both in environmental terms and in assured sources of supply. Japan’s long-run energy policy is simple — obtain stable supplies at low cost — but implementation is complex in what is a global, dynamic, rapidly changing set of related industries. Read more…

ASEAN’s uncertain stance in the South China Sea

This US Navy photo obtained November 4, 2015 shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)as it transits the South China Sea on October 29, 2015. Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the US 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego to complete a three-carrier homeport shift.  US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he would visit the American aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on November 5, 2015 as US-Chinese tensions over the waterway escalate. Speaking after a regional summit November 4, 2015, Carter said he would fly out to the nuclear-powered USS Theodore Roosevelt, which "is conducting routine operations while transiting the South China Sea".  AFP PHOTO/US NAVY/ Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski  = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /US NAVY/ Specialist 3rd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski " - 

Author: Chau Bao Nguyen, University of East Anglia

After months of speculation, the USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial Chinese island on 27 October 2015. In doing so, it completed the first in a series of planned freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea (SCS). The operation is the strongest assertion yet by the US Navy that it rejects Chinese reclamation projects, which could escalate tensions in the region. Read more…

The political economy of land grabs in China and India

A farmer makes his way back home in the village of Wuwei, Anhui Province,  July 2002.  A full 20 years after the late patriarch Deng Xiaoping pushed through the decollectivisation of China's countryside, farmers in the rural reform laboratory of Anhui province say working the land alone is not enough for them to survive.    (Photo: AAP).

Author: Lynette H. Ong, University of Toronto

Behind the impressive growth of the world’s two largest emerging nations, China and India, land has been a key infrastructural resource as well as a major source of social conflicts. Laws in both countries have allowed the governments to take land away from agricultural communities for industrialisation and development, while offering little compensation or no resettlement alternative in return. Read more…

Where to now for ROK–China–Japan trilateral relations?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang,and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a news conference after trilateral summit at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, 1 November, 2015. The leaders of South Korea, China and Japan met Sunday for their first summit talks in more than three years as the Northeast Asian powers struggle to find common ground amid bickering over history and territory disputes. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Soyen Park, Korea University

On 1 November 2015, the leaders of East Asia’s three main powers gathered together to hold the sixth Republic of Korea–China–Japan (KCJ) Trilateral Summit in Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK). It was not only the first trilateral summit since the leadership changes in all three countries, but also Read more…

Abolishing China’s one-child policy won’t help

A young couple with a child visit Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Nov. 17, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Liu Lili, Chinese Central Party School

On 29 October 2015, the 18th central committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) issued a communiqué announcing that all Chinese couples will be allowed to have two children. The new policy will come into effect from March 2016 after formal ratification by the National People’s Congress. Read more…