Upcoming Seminars and Events

Triangular Relations among China, the EU and United States in the Context of Trade War and China’s Ageing Population

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

US President Trump voiced to the media in mid-July 2018 that “both the EU and China were ‘foes’ to the US in trade and the economy respectively”. Evidently, the European Union could not be a bystander in the escalating trade war between China and the United States as the Trump administration does not only single out China, but also other trade partners as well. Under this circumstance, observers suggest that China could align with the EU to collectively confront the United States.

How Do Households Adjust to Trade Liberalisation? Evidence from China’s World Trade Organisation Accession

17 August 2018

Trade liberalisation is associated with substantial adjustments in the labour market. Previous studies have pointed out that lower tariffs brought about by trade liberalisation would lower the price of outputs, leading to a drop in firm revenues and eventually affecting the employment and income of workers. In these literatures, much focus had been placed on the individual employee’s responses to trade liberalisation, while responses of households as a whole have not received much attention even though many important economic decisions, such as labour supply, living arrangements, consumptions and savings, are often jointly made by households. Understanding household responses is hence important for knowing the direct implications of trade effects on household welfare.

SOCIAL VALUES OF THE YOUNG GENERATION IN HONG KONG, TAIWAN AND MAINLAND CHINA

SHAN Wei, 19 July 2018

Public opinion surveys have revealed significant gaps in social values between the young generation in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. The Mainlanders are more keen to pursue personal success and economic wealth, and less individualistic and less committed to self-expression. Mainland youth are more compliant with traditional family values and more conservative when it comes to homosexual issues. Hong Kongers and Taiwanese are more likely than their mainland peers to give priority to environmental protection over economic growth. Mainland youth are more likely to believe that women should have equal rights to work, but are much less likely than their counterparts to believe that women are able to take up leadership roles in administration and business.

“XI JINPING THOUGHT ON DIPLOMACY”: THE CENTRAL WORK CONFERENCE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF 2018

Lance L P GORE, 19 July 2018

The “Central Work Conference on Foreign Affairs” held in Beijing on 22 and 23 June 2018 formally adopted “Xi Jinping thought on diplomacy of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” (“Xi Thought on Diplomacy” in short). It marks a radical shift in Chinese foreign policy from the regional to the global. “Promoting the progress of humanity” and “actively participating in guiding the reform of the global governance system” are added to “peace and development” as the overarching foreign policy objectives. Key components of “Xi Thought on Diplomacy” include the new security concept, building a new type of international relations and “the community of common destiny for mankind”, and defence of free trade and globalisation.

Latest Publications

East Asian Policy

Volume 10, No 2, April/June 2018

China: An International Journal

Volume 16, No 2, May 2018

China’s Development: Social Investment and Challenges

by ZHAO Litao