Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?
Society,Environment,China
By Hongzhou Zhang - 18 May 2016

Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?

The effectiveness of China’s new food security strategy remains doubtful, as it might turn out to be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible, for it to achieve absolute security or self-sufficiency in staples. China’s attempts to boost staple production could bring huge economic, social and environmental costs to the country.
The Maritime Silk Road Plan: A Way Forward for the South China Sea?
Economy,Security,China

By Hui-Yi Katherine Tseng - 17 May 2016

The Maritime Silk Road Plan: A Way Forward for the South China Sea?

China, the US and the South China Sea: What’s Going On?
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 16 May 2016

China, the US and the South China Sea: What’s Going On?

   Tax Administration Reform in China
Economy,China

Tax Administration Reform in China

In December 2015, China announced a plan to address the fragmented structure of tax collection between the State Tax Bureau and the Local Tax Bureau. An updated information sharing system for tax management, the Golden Tax project, is going to be built up in 2016.
By Jiwei Qian - 16 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
China: Geared towards Precautionary Fiscal Policy
Economy,China

China: Geared towards Precautionary Fiscal Policy

China’s government debt has reached a historical high, causing deep concern among economists, investors and policy-makers worldwide over China’s fiscal sustainability. The Chinese government has recently adopted a precautionary fiscal policy to avoid over-accumulation of government debt.
The AIIB: Its Impact on Global Financial Governance
Economy,China,East Asia

The AIIB: Its Impact on Global Financial Governance

The contribution that the AIIB can offer to the global financial governance system is that it will inject new funds and help meet the large financing gap in the global infrastructure sector.  
By Hong Zhao - 14 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Reflections
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Reflections

This paper provides an overview of the chain of events contributing to the escalation of tensions in the South China Sea, as well as the context in which they occurred and potential connections they have. It is hoped this paper will help those concerned about the disputes see the bigger picture and get to the heart of why things have happened that way.
Xi Jinping’s Reform Leading Group: Two Years in Operation
Politics,China

Xi Jinping’s Reform Leading Group: Two Years in Operation

On December 30, 2013, the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms was established, representing the largest re-centralization of power in recent history, altering the power distribution at the top and changing way the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) operates. Three years have since lapsed and it is time to take a closer look at this powerful body.
China Making Progress on Climate and Environment Issues
Environment,China

China Making Progress on Climate and Environment Issues

Greenpeace recently released its China air quality survey for the first quarter of 2016 and the results indicate improvements in most parts of the country. PM 2.5 levels across 355 Chinese cities surveyed fell 9 percent as compared to the same period in 2015.
Why Is China Building New Islands in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

Why Is China Building New Islands in the South China Sea?

An often-heard explanation is that China is simply trying to catch up with Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines by creating a strong physical presence in the South China Sea. However, if the purpose is simply to make a point about sovereignty, it is unclear why the building projects were executed with such speed and scale.  
By Feng Zhang - 07 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Origins of China’s Island Construction in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

The Origins of China’s Island Construction in the South China Sea

Proposals for island construction in the Spratly Islands had been around for some time before Xi Jinping became president. Although the Hu Jintao leadership preferred not to act forcefully, the relevant bureaucracies were growing increasingly furious with what they saw as continued infringement of Chinese sovereign rights.
By Feng Zhang - 05 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?
Politics,Economy,China

Is China a Neocolonial Power in Africa?

China has been very active with its various economic projects in Africa. Does this intense level of economic engagement count as neocolonialism?
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