Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China
Economy,Society,China
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Sep 2016

Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China

One major issue is the mismatch between local governments’ fiscal capacity and their expenditure responsibility. In recent years, local governments have been responsible for over 80 percent of government expenditure, while being assigned only about 50 percent of government revenue.
Crisis in the World Order: The Result of Three Major Transformations
Politics,Society

By Yongnian Zheng - 07 Sep 2016

Crisis in the World Order: The Result of Three Major Transformations

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”
Society,Cyberspace,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 31 Aug 2016

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump
Politics,Society

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s supporters see him as having “the guts to say what he wants,” and he is “saying what a lot of what America’s feeling right now.” Some who find themselves shocked by his politically incorrect speech still find themselves attracted to his message.
Understanding Social Protest in China
Society,China

Understanding Social Protest in China

In the past twenty-some years, the number of social protests in China has erupted like a volcano. Many analysts believe that the regime is sitting on the mouth of a social volcano and its days are numbered. These predictions demonstrate the need for a better understanding of social protests in China.
By Yanqi Tong - 01 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds
Politics,Society,East Asia

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds

To some observers, Tsai and her party were challenged by problems of such a scope and magnitude that the future did not look good. In other words, the headwinds seem almost insurmountable.
Europe’s New Aristocracy
Politics,Society

Europe’s New Aristocracy

When intellectuals stop presenting options and start demanding outcomes, their democratic function has come to an end. The tyranny of a meritocratic intellectual class, Aristotle’s tyranny of the best, is a tyranny all the same.
Unemployment Insurance in China: Expanding Coverage and Improving Benefits
Society,China

Unemployment Insurance in China: Expanding Coverage and Improving Benefits

Unemployment insurance has become an important component of the social safety net in urban China, especially given the increased turnover rate in the labor market in the recent processes of economic restructuring.
By Jiwei Qian - 24 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Financial Sustainability of China’s Social Health Insurance Funds
Society,China

Financial Sustainability of China’s Social Health Insurance Funds

In March 2016, the reform of social health insurance was underlined in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. In particular, the financially sustainable management of social health insurance is one of the key issues to be addressed in the Chinese health care system.
By Jiwei Qian - 03 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World
Politics,Society

Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World

While countries are dealing with populism internally, the world as a whole is witnessing great changes in geopolitics. Geopolitical clashes in the Middle East, between the two Koreas, and in the South China Sea, and humanitarian issues like the European migrant crisis, have made the world an unsafe place.
The Republic of China as the Historic Link in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations
Society,China

The Republic of China as the Historic Link in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

As long as Beijing asserts its policy of “peaceful reunification,” future cross-Strait political negotiations will continue to dwell on the positioning of the Republic of China.
Why China Likes Donald Trump?
Politics,Society

Why China Likes Donald Trump?

Government officials in Beijing are skeptical of Donald Trump. But they feel they can negotiate with him and need to resolve some economic disputes that have festered too long. They like him and, more importantly, they like his party better than Hillary Clinton and her party.
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