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…

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–ROK maritime boundary talks can foster safer seas

South Korean destroyer Yulgok YiYi patrols in waters around Ieodo, south of Jeju Island, South Korea, 2 December 2013. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sukjoon Yoon, KIMS

Talks between China and South Korea on boundary delimitation in the Yellow Sea offer a chance to improve bilateral relations and the prospect of extending the agreement to other seas, in particular the South China Sea. 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…

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…

Productivity not reproductivity the new driver of Chinese growth

A toddler playing in a rickshaw in Beijing, China, 2007. Around a quarter of China's remarkable economic growth over the past three decades or so was delivered by the dividend from its demographic structure, with a young population augmenting the workforce and lifting output in new jobs. (Photo: Flickr user 'dominiqueb').

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Around a quarter of China’s remarkable economic growth over the past three decades or so was delivered by the dividend from its demographic structure, with a young population augmenting the workforce and lifting output in new jobs. Read more…

A new age of Chinese growth

A mother carries her son on a street in Shanghai on 16 November 2013. Days after a key meeting in Beijing the Communist leadership announced that it would allow couples to have two children if one parent is an only child, widening the exemptions from a rule imposed in the late 1970s to control China's population. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Cai Fang and Lu Yang, CASS

China saw a 9.8 per cent growth rate on average during 1978–2010 — the best in the world. China will likely surpass the US to become the world’s largest economy in purchasing power terms in 2015, if it has not already done so.

So how long can the boom last? Read more…