Upcoming Seminars and Events

Triangular relationship between China, Japan and the United States

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

China and Japan’s recent relations have seemly improved, with both sides holding high-level economic dialogues. The amicable economic gestures between China and Japan can be explained by the ongoing trade friction between China and the United States, and the pressure from United States to narrow trade deficit with Japan. However, the overall relationship between China, Japan and the United States is not an equilateral triangle. The United States and Japan share a close alliance based on common interest and values, which will survive beyond the presidential term of Donald Trump. It is a multifaceted relationship with a habit of cooperation in the field of security. The security alliance is fundamental to US-Japan relations, with a common interest to check the rise of China.

China’s Political Economy and Its Relations with Europe Union

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

According to the latest statistics, China is the largest trading country in terms of goods exports. As EAI economists pointed out, since the reform and opening up, China has benefitted greatly from market opening and thereby foreign direct investment. However, China still has to continue to reform state-owned enterprises as their productivity is far lower than that of private companies especially for those in the internet sector.

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Meeting 2019

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

In terms of corruption, China’s anti-corruption has seemingly achieved success with less and less major cases of investigation released to the public. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2019, according to the report delivered by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, has been lowered to a minimum of six per cent. Although growth is slower than before, given the sheer size of China’s current economy as well as its upgrading economic structure, the quality of China’s economic development overall has been tremendously improving, especially in the progress in environmental protection.

The Kim-Trump Meeting in Vietnam

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

On the second summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, EAI experts argue that it is natural for Kim to reach no deal with Trump. To the United States, eliminating all facilities is a goal of denuclearisation. Making a meaningful deal is the top option, though a no deal is not out of question. Evidently, the nuclear deal cannot be achieved in a day. It is still at the beginning of the process, not mention that is clearly a lack of trust between the two sides.

Korea-Japan Diplomatic Relations: Changes and Continuities in the 2010s

9 April 2019

At the EAI weekly seminar organised by the East Asian Institute (National University of Singapore), Professor Jo Yangheon, professor at the Department of Asian and Pacific Studies, and head, Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Korea National Diplomatic Academy explained the changes and continuities of the Korea-Japan diplomatic relations over the last 10 years.

PARTNER ASSISTANCE AMONG CHINA’S PROVINCES (II): REDUCING POVERTY IN THE WESTERN REGIONS

ZHOU Na, 8 February 2019

China has employed intergovernmental assistance and cooperation at the provincial level for poverty alleviation. It initiated Cooperation between Eastern and Western Regions in Poverty Alleviation (CEWRPA) to lift out of poverty, all rural people living below the current poverty threshold and all impoverished counties by 2020. The CEWRPA develops from partnered assistance programmes that have paired eastern affluent provinces with western backward ones to tackle east-west economic inequality. In the CEWRPA, the assistance and cooperation between Fujian and Ningxia are outstanding in four areas, including holding annual joint conferences, prioritising industrial development, constructing infrastructure and facilitating mutual visits. The CEWPRA has generated huge assistance to western regions and significantly contributed to reduced poverty.

PARTNER ASSISTANCE AMONG CHINA’S PROVINCES (I): AN OVERVIEW

ZHOU Na, 8 February 2019

China’s inter-provincial support network has initiated rounds of partner assistance programmes (PAPs) to pair wealthy coastal provinces with backward inland ones, with the former mobilised to offer assistance. It aims to balance the unequal development between the east and the west. Through the PAPs, local governments have provided different forms of assistance, including technological cooperation, investment, projects construction and professional training in education and medical organisations. Besides helping economic and social development, inter-provincial partner assistance has also been used for supporting national major projects, disaster relief, poverty alleviation and so on. Unlike vertical transfers that the central government collects and reallocates fiscal resources among provinces, horizontal transfers through the PAPs have directly benefitted receiving provinces though challenges remain in practice.

Latest Publications

East Asian Policy

Volume 11, No 1, Jan/Mar 2019

China: An International Journal

Volume 17, No 1, February 2019

China’s Development: Social Investment and Challenges

by ZHAO Litao