Behind China’s E-Commerce Success Story
Economy,Cyberspace,China
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 05 Sep 2016

Behind China’s E-Commerce Success Story

Many people hold the view that economies of scale plus a booming economy are the two sole reasons behind China’ success in e-commerce. Physical infrastructure of telecommunications, information processing, and logistics are also factors.
RMB’s Global Payments Share Drops: A Blessing in Disguise?
Economy,China

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 29 Aug 2016

RMB’s Global Payments Share Drops: A Blessing in Disguise?

The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses
Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 26 Aug 2016

The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation
Security,China,Southeast Asia

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

The river security of the Mekong has emerged as another area of growing contestation and despite its lower international profile and arguably lower global impact, this sub-region will have a determining factor on China’s relations with Southeast Asia.  
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Security,China,South Asia

The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On August 8, 2016, over 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a suicide bombing in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. As Balochistan is the location of Gwadar Port, the southern terminus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the massacre highlights the security risks facing CPEC.
China’s Phenomenal Land Prices: SOEs a Contributing Factor
Economy,China

China’s Phenomenal Land Prices: SOEs a Contributing Factor

China’s land prices in auctions have hit record highs in the first half of 2016. Land parcels were sold on average 41 percent higher than their asking prices. There are 205 land parcels with a price of over RMB 1 billion.
By Zhihua Zhou - 19 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Creating a South China Common Market to Address Hong Kong and Taiwan Issues
Politics,Economy,China

Creating a South China Common Market to Address Hong Kong and Taiwan Issues

A South China Common Market would not only enhance the international competitiveness of China’s economy, but also create a social and economic environment to solve the Hong Kong and Taiwan issues.
The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan
China,East Asia

The Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan

Currently, 22 and 172 countries recognize Taipei and Beijing, respectively. Since Tsai Ing-wen assumed the presidency in Taiwan, many have wondered what would happen to Taiwan’s relations with its diplomatic allies.
By Shaohua Hu - 17 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Hague Ruling: Implications for Maritime Claims and Boundaries in Asia
Hotspots,China

The Hague Ruling: Implications for Maritime Claims and Boundaries in Asia

American allies like Japan have taken strong stands in support of the decision. But belatedly some are realizing that the decision has important potentially negative implications for their own maritime claims and disputes.
Is China Building a Maritime Militia?
Security,Hotspots,China

Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

There is no secret that all the South China Sea claimant parties view their fishermen as important defenders of their respective claims in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Nonetheless, the securitized fishery discourse is overblown.  
China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity
Environment,China

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity

In the summer of 2016, China was stricken by devastating floods that affected both the northern and southern parts of the country. Weaknesses in local disaster management departments have been revealed in the various floods-hit areas.
By Gang Chen - 10 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea Award: Paradox of the Historic Argument
Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Award: Paradox of the Historic Argument

International courts and tribunals tend to decline to deal with historic argument. The logic is that sovereignty is the most sacrosanct claim vested upon every nation state, which stipulates that it need not and should not be subordinated to any authorities claiming overlordship, in whatever manifestation, above them.
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