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Friday, 11 May 2018

Li Keqiang meets Joko Widodo amid warming China-Indonesia relations

On 7 May, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta. The following day, Li left Indonesia for Tokyo to take part in the 9 May Trilateral Summit. According to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Premier Li’s visit marks the fifth year of Indonesia-China strategic comprehensive partnership.

It is often said that Indonesia is ‘half of ASEAN’ and full of potential. Before 1965, China and Indonesia had close ties as both experienced a revolutionary struggle against colonial powers. The largest non-ruling communist party in the world was the Communist Party of Indonesia. After the 1965-1966 coup, Indonesia broke ties with China in 1967 and reestablished relations only in 1990. Indonesia has made known its ambitions to become the fourth largest economy by 2045 and PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted that this goal will be achieved by 2050. To reach this goal, Indonesia knows it will have to cooperate with China. Although China and Indonesia have no direct territory claims due to existing Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, Chinese and Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone claims overlap near the near Indonesia’s Natuna islands. Indonesia is upset about that overlap and has conducted exercises in the area. The Indonesian military is still a powerful force in Indonesian politics.

Contract Law in Singapore and China: A Comparative Perspective

8 May 2018

In modern societies where economic interactions and business transactions are booming, the role of contract law is significant to national economic development. The law of contracts in Singapore and China provide two distinct cases, with different historical origins and characteristics of developments, for comparison. While Singapore contract law is built on the basis of common law, Chinese contract law has its roots in civil law. By focusing on freedom of contract, it is observed from exceptional cases that the development of contract law in Singapore has remained heavily influenced by English law while developing unique local features. On the other hand, the contract law in China has developed to adopt common law practices while demonstrating influence by paternalism from the civil law tradition.

The Construction of the India-China Brotherhood Rhetoric in the 1950s

30 April 2018

The media has always been an important factor in the construction of India-China relations. The 1950s was the height of India-China friendship and it is an under-researched topic in the history of Sino-Indian relations. The two countries shared common interests and perspectives, especially as both countries were established in the wave of decolonisation and anti-imperialism after the World War II. However, a sudden turn of events occurred in 1962 with the Sino-Indian war and the full recovery of Sino-Indian relationship has yet to be seen even today.

HOW CHINA MONITORS PUBLIC OPINION ON THE INTERNET

SHIH Hui Min & XUE Jianyue, 19 April 2018

China has a huge internet population of 770 million. With the development of internet media technologies, netizens have leveraged on internet platforms to express their opinions on social issues. The rapid development of internet technologies has also provided convenient platforms for interaction. In the view of the Chinese leadership, the ability to properly manage and monitor public opinion on the internet has become the “biggest variable” in governance, closely linked to China’s political stability and national security. Under a “three-in-one” leadership model comprising the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Public Security, China has developed a complex network of internet public opinion monitoring platforms to collect data, present data and recommend strategies.

THE IMPACT OF CHINA’S NEW CYBERSECURITY LAW

SHIH Hui Min & XUE Jianyue, 19 April 2018

On June 2017, China’s first ever Cybersecurity Law officially became effective. The law, pushed and executed by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), affects mainly organisations and individuals who are internet service providers and operators of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII). The Cybersecurity Law aims to reinforce China’s cyber sovereignty, protect CII, keep sensitive data within mainland China, provide institutional teeth to Chinese governance of cyberspace, strengthen security of citizens’ personal data, and improve quality and credibility of online discourse. Despite concerns and protests raised by foreign companies operating in China over restrictions on cross-border data, the CAC has pushed ahead with the law, releasing many regulations and regulatory standards to manage implementation.

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