Where does Taiwan stand on the South China Sea?

Yao Chow-tien, deputy director of the Taiwan Maritime Patrol Directorate General. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Jiye Kim, JNU

In January 2016, Tsai Ing-wen was elected president of the Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan). She will take office later this month. As the first president from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in eight years, Tsai’s election represents a wildcard of sorts for the ROC’s ongoing claims in the South China Sea.

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China’s global economic impact is no longer state-owned

View of the headquarters building of Fosun Group in Shanghai, China, 22 May 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Paul Hubbard, ANU

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are often thought to dominate the Chinese market, with profound implications for the global economy. The US–China Economic and Security Review Commission stated that ‘Soviet-style, top-down planning remains a hallmark of China’s economic and political system’. Read more…

Why China’s e-commerce rules have exporters in a flurry

Stacks of shipping containers are seen at the Port of Qingdao in Qingdao city, in east China's Shandong province. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Ryan Manuel, ANU

Many travellers’ favourite game involves finding original ways of increasing the amount of duty-free goods they bring through customs. Here in Australia, for example, we appear so fascinated by customs procedures that the reality TV show Border Security is in its 15th season, and has been exported to nearly a dozen countries. Read more…

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talk during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Cina, 07 April 2016. The current Sri Lankan administration is pursuing a more ‘balanced’ foreign policy, following the pro-Chinese orientation of the previous Rajapaksa administration. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Patrick Mendis, Harvard University, and Dániel Balázs, Tongji University

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations. Read more…

Mongolia makes the most of the middle position

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and their Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Heads of State Summit in Tajikistan, September 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Anthony Rinna, Sino-NK

On 14 April 2016 the foreign ministers of Mongolia and Russia signed what they termed a Medium-term Strategic Partnership Development Program in Ulaanbaatar. Plans to establish a strategic partnership between Mongolia and Russia date at least to September 2014, when the presidents of the two countries met in the Mongolian capital. Read more…

When the TPP and One Belt, One Road meet

Then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton meets with then-Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at the State Department in Washington, 14 February 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Patrick Mendis, Harvard University and Dániel Balázs, Tongji University

After years of talks, negotiators concluded an agreement on the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in October 2015. Since China is excluded from the TPP, one would expect antagonism rather than symbiosis between the Washington-advocated trade package and Beijing’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy. Read more…

The limits to Chinese political power

Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed on a screen as Chinese battle tanks take part in a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II on 3 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

As China has become a larger player in the world economy and its influence in world political affairs has grown, the need to understand the Chinese political system and how political power is exercised within it has grown commensurately. Read more…