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Politics,Society,China
By Yongnian Zheng - 22 Feb 2017

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

Deng Xiaoping, having witnessed in the early 1990s the fall of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, correctly analysed that the regimes’ downfalls were due to their inability to develop their economies and provide welfare for their people.  
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Feb 2017

The Maritime Silk Road: Its Past, Present and Future

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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Feb 2017

China’s “Belt and Road” and Maritime Southeast Asia

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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

China’s “Belt and Road” and Mainland Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia straddles both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and the projects promise to stimulate economic development and trade in the participating nations. China and ASEAN seek to raise their trade to USD 1 trillion by 2020.
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Politics,China,East Asia

Adhering to One China Policy is Crucial for Trump

Does US President Donald Trump have in mind two Chinas; One China, One Taiwan; or Taiwanese independence? If the US abandons the One China policy before a peaceful Chinese reunification, the situation in East Asia will be unstable.  
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China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Relations: Trending Towards Realism or Pessimism?

Sino-Japanese relations, a cyclical process alternating between pragmatic separation of economics and politics and a deep freeze with articulated announcements signifying tensions, have recently seen pessimistic and realist perspectives come into play.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017

In January 2017 during the 20th China-Philippines Foreign Ministry Consultation, the two countries confirmed that they would complete the Code of Conduct framework relating to the South China Sea in the first half of 2017.
By Yan Yan - 26 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Can Trump Play the “Russian Card” Against a Rising China?

US President Donald Trump may play the “Russian card” against China like how Nixon played the “Chinese card” against Moscow in 1972. However, the triangular relationship between the US, Russia and China is not necessarily comparable to the one in the 1970s.
By Wei Luo - 21 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,China

As Trump Takes Office, China Bashers Are Having a Field Day

In the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, advocates of a more aggressive US foreign policy towards China unleashed a barrage of hawkish commentaries and proposals. Most comments focused on China’s behavior in the South China Sea.
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Economy,China

China’s USD 40 Billion Investment in Nigeria

On January 11, 2017, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi announced that China will be investing an additional USD 40 billion in Nigeria, on top of China’s USD 45 billion in existing investments in the country.  
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Economy,China

What is the Cause of China’s Capital Flight?

In 2015, China’s capital outflow rose to nearly USD 1 trillion. The exodus of capital continued to surge in 2016, which prompted the government’s efforts in imposing new restrictions on yuan movements.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

On January 11, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made several intemperate remarks. Most provocatively he said that China’s access to the features it has built up in the South China Sea is not going to be “allowed.”
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Economy,China,South Asia

Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject

A Chinese megaproject in Sri Lanka has encountered violent resistance from angry local residents who fear forced eviction from their land. The protesters are also worried that Hambantota will become a Chinese colony over time.
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Politics,China

Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?

It appears that US President Barack Obama has implemented, or at least has not opposed or sought to block, legislation to birdcage President-elect Donald Trump on future relations with China. He has “arranged” difficulties for Trump’s future attempts to get along with Beijing.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

US underwater drones can be categorized as Force Net, Sea Shield, Sea Strike and Sea Base. Force Net includes the missions of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and oceanography. Some may even be weaponized. Thus, it is easy to be uncertain regarding the mission of particular UUVs.
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Politics,China,East Asia

Historical Memories: A Critical Factor in China’s Japan Policy

The Chinese consciousness of the historical memories of Japan’s wartime aggression have trumped China’s “new thinking” on Japan in the present time. China’s historical consciousness hence makes Beijing’s Japan policy highly constrained, leaving less room for reconciliation between the two countries.
By Amrita Jash - 09 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Economy,China

The Coming Trade War Between the US and China

Asia watchers are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions after his inauguration, in particular whether he will carry out his threat of designating China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation will allow US to institute punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.
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Politics,China,East Asia

Taiwan: Trump’s Bargaining Chip in US-China Relations?

Since Taiwan remains China’s core interest, Trump’s motive of simply using Taiwan as leverage against China could be very difficult — if not dangerous — especially if he continues to disregard the One China policy.
By Wei Luo - 03 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China

São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?

In mid to late December 2016, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe established diplomatic relations with China and broke with Taiwan. The event attracted considerable media attention and evoked speculation as to its significance.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels

China’s debt level is increasing, along with toxic debts on its balance sheet. This situation can be compared to Taiwan and South Korea before the financial crisis hit in the 1990s. China may be able to use the same strategies adopted by them to overcome threats to its economy.  
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Politics,China,East Asia

The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations

Trump’s unexpected phone call with Taiwan’s leader, his ensuing tweets swiping at China’s currency policy and military buildup in the South China Sea and his interview on December 11 suggesting he might tear up the “one China” policy hit some of the most sensitive issues in US-China relations.
By Zhiqun Zhu - 14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?

An unprecedented stock rout in the summer of 2015 led to draconian anti-graft investigations into officials and executives in China’s financial sectors, with at least eight officials in the China Securities Regulatory Commission being detained.
By Gang Chen - 13 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,China

The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes

Southeast Asian countries have two serious concerns which might increase distrust between China and ASEAN, and this may become a bottleneck of the MSR construction. One is about China’s nine-dash line, and the other is whether China is undermining ASEAN’s unity.
By Hong Zhao - 12 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,Society,China

Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China

The National Development and Reform Commission of China released its five-year plan (2016-20) for rural economic development in November 2016. In this plan, rising costs in agricultural production have been highlighted as a major challenge.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China,East Asia

Strains in South Korea-China Relations after Recent Events

The relations between South Korea and China have experienced a sharp turn, which observers consider as the worst as South Korea edges towards its 2017 presidential elections. Recent events have exacerbated tensions between the two countries, leading to analysts believing that China may eventually lose South Korea as a reliable partner.  
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?

China should take advantage of the favorable situation in the South China Sea region to maintain stability. China should also keep improving the situation by strengthening its relations with the US, the other claimant countries, and the ASEAN countries.
By Shicun Wu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Economy,China

Xi Heralds Age of China-led Globalization at APEC Summit

While the US and its allies were reeling from the recent election of Donald Trump as US president and his pledge to scrap the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership once he comes into office, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed APEC members to accelerate their negotiations towards the completion of two alternative regional trade agreements.
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Economy,China

China Takes Over the Reins of Globalization from the West

China is the world’s second largest economy; although its economic growth has dropped to a lower gear, the volume of its economy will overtake the US’ in the near future. A frail US economy sets the stage for China to ascend to the leader’s podium.
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Society,China

Circles and Circles: An Artistic Look at China’s Nation Building

After 1989 Beijing, social change and national development in China became displaced from the politics of New Democracy to a genericized and technocratic logic of development for its own ends. The anti-corruption campaign currently led by Xi Jinping amounts to a humanistic critique of technocracy, and the return of openly politicized discourse.  
By Rui Zhuo - 16 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

Trump and the South China Sea

“Make America Great Again” was Trump’s campaign slogan. This probably translates to a Reaganesque “peace through strength” approach. Implementing such a policy in Southeast Asia is likely to be accompanied by blusters, threats and shows of force and gunboat diplomacy.
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Politics,China

Trump’s Asia Policy: What Might We Expect and Not Expect?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the US election, what has appeared in the press and on television suggests they are nothing less than obsessed in purveying a bad Trump presidency forecast. This goes especially for deconstructing what Trump may think of Asia.
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Politics,Economy,China

China’s Economic Gifts as Extension of its Foreign Policy

China as a “regional bank” is not constrained geographically to Asia. In Latin America, the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China provided upwards of USD 29 billion to Latin American governments in 2015. In Europe, Chinese FDI increased by 44 percent from 2014 to reach USD 23 billion in 2015.
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Politics,China

US-China Relations: Clinton Vs Trump

While much media attention has focused on the scandals of the two US presidential candidates, this year’s election will also have significant implications for the future of US-China relations.
By Wei Luo - 07 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,Society,China

New Measures to Douse China’s Housing Frenzy

Several factors underpin the latest housing boom in China. The central government’s de-stocking strategy is a big contributor. The easy monetary and cheap credit environment has boosted the development of the capital-intensive real estate industry. The declining supply and the rising price of land have pushed up housing prices in the high-tier cities.
By Zhihua Zhou - 04 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

China P2P Lending Under Scrutiny

The Chinese government has prohibited the practices of cash pooling, loan granting, and deposit taking, and has now limited the P2P platform operator’s role to just providing a matching place for lenders and borrowers, acting only as an information rather than a credit intermediary.  
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Politics,China

Xi Jinping and the Future of the Communist Party of China

The title of “core” has more than a symbolic meaning for Xi Jinping. Xi has to make good use of his increased power to address power struggles within the party so as to unite the CPC; to execute his reform plan for sustainable economic growth; and to lead China into a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
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Politics,China

Xi Jinping’s Rise as Core Leader of the Chinese Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation as core leader will facilitate his consolidation of power, which in turn will allow him to “surround himself with allies, sideline rivals and ensure his rule is less fettered.” The Chinese Communist Party’s previous core leaders include Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin.
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Security,Hotspots,China

Why the US-China Contest for the South China Sea Is So Dangerous

A debate between Kurt Campbell, the architect of the US pivot to Asia, and Australian strategic thinker Hugh White makes clear that the South China Sea has become the cockpit of US-China competition for domination of Asia. The outcome may determine whose principles, values and “order” will shape the future of Asia.
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Security,Cyberspace,China

China’s Cyber War Against the US: How True?

In recent years, “engaging in cyber warfare” has become part of the parlance used by those who discuss US-China relations. Its use has become even more frequent in the last two or three years. How true are these charges? What is the evidence?
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Security,Hotspots,China

Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money

Some US academics suggest that a US-China grand bargain to establish a balance of power is a precondition for peace in the South China Sea region. Or, will a legal deal establishing a joint development regime and disengagement from illegal maritime assertions solve most of the current problems?
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Economy,China

The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect Scheme

The China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Securities and Futures Commission have approved the establishment of mutual stock market access between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, known as the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme.
By Jing Wan - 17 Oct 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia Joins the “Belt and Road”

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Cambodia in mid-October 2016 marked Cambodia’s entry into the growing group of nations participating in China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. President Xi pledged Chinese investment for infrastructure projects including a high-speed railway and a new airport in Siem Reap.
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Economy,China

China’s Property Bubble: What Should Be Done?

The most alarming sign of a Chinese property bubble is the accelerated price movement in recent months. A more than 30 percent year to year price rally across a number of big cities and the sharp increase in mortgage lending have heightened concern that the property bubble is being reinflated.
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Politics,China,Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s New Leadership and Relations with China

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has been Uzbekistan’s prime minister since 2003, was elected by the Uzbek parliament to serve as acting President until presidential elections are held in December 2016, of which he will be one of the candidates.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

It has now been nearly three months since the arbitral panel ruling against China’s claims to maritime space in the South China Sea. The decision has set in motion political and military adjustments. But none of them contribute to the resolution of the conflicting claims or to the contest between the US and China.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

One Belt One Road and China-ASEAN Economic Cooperation

At the 13th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said that China will support the building of ASEAN Community, ASEAN’s central role in regional cooperation, and ASEAN to play a greater role in international and regional affairs.
By Hong Zhao - 27 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

China Trade Bills Scam: New Regulation Announced

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is under police investigation over a fraud case reportedly involving RMB 3 billion worth of fake trade bills in the nation’s e-commercial draft system, highlighting the need to set up a more robust financial market framework.
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Politics,Economy,China

The BRICS at the Hangzhou G20 Summit

The September 2016 meeting of the BRICS leaders, which occurred on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, was noteworthy as it confirmed the new Brazilian government’s commitment to the BRICS grouping.
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Hotspots,China

Legal Defects of the South China Sea Ruling

Legal problems include whether the Philippines had fully communicated with China before initiating the arbitration, whether the tribunal had obeyed the legal principle of prudence, whether the ruling was fair and just, whether it was reasonable to declare that Taiping/Itu Aba Island is rock, etc.
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Politics,China

Obama’s Final Sojourn to Asia: Success or Failure?

In September 2016, US President Barack Obama embarked on what is likely to be his last visit to Asia while in office. The objective of the trip was to vie with China to maintain America’s influence in Asia and the world that China has been fast encroaching on in recent years.
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Economy,China

Bond Defaults: A New Risk for Financial Crisis in China?

The rise of corporate bond defaults and corporate downgrades has renewed calls for the establishment of a credit default swap market in China. The People’s Bank of China appears poised to give the hedging scheme the go-ahead in the near future.
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Economy,Society,China

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.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Economy,China

Hangzhou G20: Display of Opulence with Limited Achievement?

Lauded as a great success by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Hangzhou G20 Summit came to a conclusion on September 5, 2016 with its final communique confirming the necessary consensus for the G20’s long-term vision.  
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Economy,Cyberspace,China

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.
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Economy,China

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

The latest report from SWIFT shows that the share of the RMB in the global payment network dropped to 1.72 percent in June 2016, down 0.18 percent from the figure in May, and is the smallest share for the year to date.
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Hotspots,China

The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses

China has apparently decided to play for the longer term, leveraging its strong position on the ground while refraining from raising tension by initiating construction on Scarborough Shoal or declaring an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.  
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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...
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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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Economy,Cyberspace,China

Uber China-Didi Deal: Who Gains? Who Loses?

Uber, the world’s most valuable ride-hailing startup with more than USD 13 billion in funding, has agreed to merge its China branch with Didi Chuxing, after suffering from a grueling price war with the local rival.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Xi Jinping and China’s Future: A Debate

President Xi Jinping’s unyielding effort in the anti-corruption campaign has implicated 800,000 Chinese officials. How and when will he consider his mission to be accomplished? David Shambaugh and Zheng Yongnian had an in-depth exchange of views at a global forum on China in Singapore.
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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...
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Economy,China

China’s Current Economic Pains

An anonymous “person with authority” said that China’s economic trajectory was experiencing an L-shaped path, involving a sharp decline followed by a long period of flat or stagnant growth. The questions are: when will the decline bottom out, and is it sustainable?
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Politics,China

In Search of Wise Leaders and a New World Order

The world order is facing challenges on all fronts. Elements such as geopolitics, income inequality brought on by globalization, and technological changes have coalesced into waves of populism, nationalism, and protectionism. The world is crying out for leaders with great wisdom.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration

Observers have argued that China did not fully appreciate the implications of not participating in the arbitration process. Not only did it give up its right to appoint the arbitrators, it also gave up its right to present its legal arguments and evidence to the tribunal and the international audience.
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Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box

This essay is a preliminary analysis of the possible impacts the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on July 12, 2016 will have on the South China Sea situation, China-US relations and China’s relations with its neighbors.
By Shicun Wu - 15 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China

Respecting Brexit

With the referendum of June 23, 2016, Britain has decided to leave the EU. Though this is controversial, there is good reason to respect the outcome of this form of British democracy.
By Dingli Shen - 13 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

The RMB’s Internationalization: A Moderate Way Ahead

A natural corollary of the expansion of China’s economy and its massive financial reform would be the internationalization of the RMB. As an international payments currency, the RMB has leapfrogged from 20th position in 2012 to 5th in 2015.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

China-US Dialogue on the South China Sea

Dai Bingguo’s address to the China-US Dialogue on the South China Sea Between Chinese and US Think Tanks on July 5, 2016, in Washington DC.
By Bingguo Dai - 06 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China,East Asia

Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation

Zhang Dejiang, a ranking politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Hong Kong in May 2016. The highlight of his trip turned out to be gatherings with selected pro-democracy politicians from the island who espouse a more moderate position.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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...
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Politics,China

China’s Challenge to America: Its Role as the World’s Builder

China has won the title of the “world’s builder” by applying its monetary resources via aid and investments and expertise to construct roads, railroads, dams, communications facilities, pipelines, ports, economic zones and more to projects abroad. America was once the world’s “connector.’ That is no more.
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Security,Hotspots,China

Can the US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Do Anything about the South China Sea?

Given Washington’s rather overheated rhetoric on the South China Sea, might future iterations of the SED achieve any breakthrough in this most volatile area of US–China strategic relations?
By Feng Zhang - 21 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights

The arbitration proceedings that the Philippines initiated against China more than three years ago regarding issues in the South China Sea should soon reach its end, and the arbitral tribunal is expected to rule shortly.
By Shicun Wu - 20 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

The fundamental guarantee of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is not the US or its military presence, but China, the coastal states, and regional countries’ commitment to peace, stability, prosperity, and development.
By Jian Zhou - 17 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,China,East Asia

North Korean Nuclear Issue: Strong Leadership from China Needed

China has toughened its stance on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. I look to China for leadership in addressing the problem of potential nuclear proliferation. It can provide this first of all by getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 06 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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...
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Security,China

China’s Military Reform: In Search of Centrality and Joint Capability

From November 2015 to February 2016, China officially launched the long-expected military overhaul to move the PLA away from its Soviet-style command structures towards an American-style joint operation command of the army, navy, air force, etc.
By Bojian Liu - 02 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye

According to the Pentagon, on May 17, 2016, two Chinese J-11 fighter jets intercepted a US Navy EP-3 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane on a “routine patrol” in “international air space” about 100 nautical miles south of China’s mainland coast and 50 nm east of Hainan.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Dispute: Truth and Fiction

Three years after it was launched, the curtain is coming down on the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration case. Now is the time to take a step back from all the hustle and bustle to see through the past few years’ misrepresentations and distractions and get a clear understanding of the South China Sea issue.
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Economy,China

Moderate Monetary Policies to Temper Exchange Rate Swings

The internationalization of the RMB requires a moderate international monetary environment as well as China’s policy effort. A monetary policy coordination could tone down monetary policies and exchange rate swings and would bring about a less volatile and more even international monetary environment.
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Economy,China

Processing Exports Remain Crucial to the Chinese Economy

The persistent fall of processing exports is very alarming and challenges the recovery of export growth, as processing exports remains more than one third of China’s exports.
By Yuqing Xing - 11 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China,East Asia

China and Japan: Psycho-Historical Warfare and the Role of America

The rocky relations between China and Japan in recent years are symptomatic of a long and complicated historical rivalry that is adjusting to rather uncomfortable historical contingencies.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: The Pots Are Calling the Kettle Black

China’s claims, policies and actions in the South China Sea have been severely criticized by other claimants as well as external maritime powers. The protagonists are stepping up their public relations campaigns to bolster their positions. Much of the rhetoric fits the allegory of the pot(s) calling the kettle black as China’s major critics have undertaken similar actions.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Dispute: Peering into the Crystal Ball

Is it all gloom and doom in the outlook of the SCS dispute as predicted by some observers? Will China’s engagements with other countries in the SCS escalate into open confrontation or even war?
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Politics,China

Five Misconceptions of China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies in the West

Misconceptions of China’s New Normal politics has led to suspicion and distrust from the West. Furthermore, such misperceptions and misconceptions have started to affect these countries’ policies towards China.  
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Economy,China

China’s Great Pump Priming

Despite all the policy rhetoric of stabilizing growth, adjusting structures, and preventing financial risks, the policy makers in Beijing have created another round of fiscal-monetary pump priming.
By Ding Lu - 13 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

China’s Stock Market Turmoil: A Painful Lesson for Investors and Regulators

From June 15, 2015, the stock market plunged from over 5,100 points to less than 3,500 points within 20 days, causing widespread panic in the market and significantly weakening investors’ confidence.
By Jing Wan - 23 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

China Facing the Exchange Rate Policy Dilemma

The newly introduced mechanism of setting daily midpoint rates and the public statements by the PBoC and Chinese leaders were inconsistent and confused both domestic and international investors.
By Yuqing Xing - 23 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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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.
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Politics,China

Xi Jinping and His Vision of China

In the 1980s, Xi Jinping was placed as one of the candidates for the future generation of leaders. It is believed that he had already formulated his vision of China when he took over power from Hu Jintao.
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China,Southeast Asia

The China Factor in Malaysian Politics

A spat between former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor has drawn China into a political dispute in Malaysia. The spat concerns Forest City, a real estate project constructed jointly by a Chinese developer and a local developer with a stake held by the Sultan.
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Politics,Society,China

Chinese Diplomat Wu Jianmin’s Legacy

Wu Jianmin, one of China’s most influential and outspoken diplomats, passed away in a car accident in Wuhan on June 18, 2016. His views on China’s security environment and open opposition to expanding nationalism and populism had made him a controversial figure, winning both acclaim and abuse.
By Xiaoping Wu - 29 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,China,East Asia

The East and South China Sea Incidents Are Not Accidents

Most such encounters are not unintentional or even unexpected. If the US persists in provocative actions despite China’s repeated requests to cease and desist, it must expect to be challenged. And if Japan continues to flaunt its control of the Senkakus, it too invites such challenges.
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Economy,China

China’s New Push to Reform the State Sector: How Far Can It Go?

A recent article authored by the Party Committee of China’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council in the Qiu Shi journal has stirred up heated discussions on the direction of China’s state-owned enterprise reforms.
By Sarah Y Tong - 11 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Hotspots,China,East Asia

How Should the Chinese Nation Tackle South China Sea Issues?

Taipei and Beijing should designate a maritime commons area within the U-shaped line, which is equivalent to “other sea area,” so as to pacify an assertive Washington and other maritime powers.
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Economy,China

MSCI Delays Inclusion of China A-Shares: A Blessing in Disguise?

MSCI Inc.’s decision on June 14, 2016 to not include China A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Market Index is seen by some analysts as a blow to the country’s efforts in raising its stock market profile and turning the RMB into an international currency. 
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Economy,China

What Needs to Be Done to Avert a RMB Crisis

By investing aggressively in various parts of the world, China is transferring its foreign exchange reserves to other countries and intends to earn investment return from these activities. However, due to reasons such as economic slowdown and capital outflow, the balance of the foreign exchange reserves is diminishing.
By Na Xie - 06 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society,China

Why is the Chinese Government Hyper-Responsive to Public Opinion?

Chinese opinion surveys consistently show that more than 70 percent of survey respondents agree that their government is responsive to public opinion. In contrast, in the same surveys, only a little over 30 percent in democratic Taiwan feel the same way.
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Economy,China

AIIB: A Viable Win-Win Model for the Global Financial Order?

Initial worries of clashes between the AIIB and existing Bretton Woods institutions such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have subsided with increasing cooperation among these institutions and adoption of similar governance rules.
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Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China

How Concerned Should China Be about Brexit?

The loss of the “Remain” vote in the referendum puts into question the multibillion dollar Sino-UK cooperation agreements signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK last year, in particular the Hinkley Point nuclear project.
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Politics,Economy,China

Xi Jinping Promotes One Belt and One Road in Central and Eastern Europe

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Serbia and Poland in June 2016 follow his state visit to the Czech Republic just 3 months earlier, underscoring the importance China places on the markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
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Economy,China

China’s Real Economic Prowess

It is ironic that the world’s largest trading nation still needs other countries to judge its trade status, an indication that China has a long way to go to transform its economic prowess into political power. Can China exercise its economic weight to win more political support?
By Yu Zheng - 15 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

Time for Action: Chinese Companies and “One Belt One Road”

The saturated domestic market compels China to export its capabilities to fuel its economic growth. China’s Asian neighbors are facing shortages of capital and technology. By satisfying these needs, China can help its companies to expand overseas and climb up the global industry value chain.
By Xue Gong - 10 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea

China, the US and their respective supporters are engaged in a propaganda “war” regarding the South China Sea. China has launched a worldwide information campaign that justifies its position. Officials and analysts in the US have seemingly been dragged into the media “gutter” and become involved in a public information campaign of their own.
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Politics,Economy,China

16+1 Platform: Extent and Limit of China’s Global Influence

As President Xi Jinping has recently visited the Czech Republic and his visits to Serbia and Poland are expected in the upcoming weeks, it is the right time to assess the state of the relationship between China and Central and Eastern Europe and the developments within the 16+1 framework.
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Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

In his address to the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter outlined the US concept of a principled security network in the Asia-Pacific. The US sees China’s activities, especially in the South China Sea, as leading it towards raising a “Great Wall of self-isolation.”
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Society,China

China’s Rural Graduates: Urbanization, Employability and Social Mobility

Spatial mobility from home to university and the subsequent mobility from the rural peasant to the urban employee class provide Chinese graduates with experiences of upward social mobility.
By Zhuoyi Wen - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Cyberspace,China

China’s Fandom Publics and Re-Assessment of the Internet’s Democratic Potential

The identity of being fans has become prominent since the 1990s and Chinese fandom has been heavily intertwined with issues including modernity, commercialization, and globalization.
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Hotspots,China,East Asia

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

Taiwan’s future leaders should not see the South China Sea issue as distinct from China-Taiwan relations. It is the political status of the two governments that underlines Taiwan’s South China Sea contestations.
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Economy,China,South Asia

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor One Year On

It has just been over a year since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his inaugural state visit to Pakistan in April 2015. The Pakistani port of Gwadar will commence full operations by the end of 2016. Gwadar is essential to CPEC as it will connect CPEC with shipping on the Arabian Sea.
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Society,Environment,China

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.
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Economy,Security,China

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

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road plan, along with subtle management tactics and reconsideration of regional customs, sheds light on how the South China Sea issue can be redressed, by providing an alternative that goes beyond the over-politicized and overtly-judicialized hurdles.
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Security,Hotspots,China

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

In the run-up to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision regarding the Philippines/China dispute in the South China Sea, China has been “reclaiming,” building on and, the US charges, “militarizing” unoccupied, and in some cases, originally submerged features. The relatively muffled rhetoric on both sides have led to speculation as to what is going on behind the scenes.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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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Society,China

Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector

Recently, there have been regulatory reforms in the Chinese healthcare system, such as new initiatives in the pharmaceutical sector.  
By Jiwei Qian - 29 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

One Belt One Road: Breakthrough for China’s Global Value Chain Upgrading

China can expand exports of technology and equipment products to the OBOR countries, improving the added value of its export structure, and enhancing China's position in the global value chain.
By Yue Lu - 23 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Security,China

New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform

The four general military headquarters, Staff, Politics, Logistics and Armament, constituted the superstructure of the PLA’s central command system. After the restructuring, these four departments now have to share this prestigious status with 11 newly-promoted agencies and commissions.  
By Gang Chen - 22 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China

All These Talks about the Return of a Personality Cult

Into the fourth year of Xi Jinping’s first term as the Chinese Communist Party’s top leader, there are visible worries that the cult of personality that had made the Mao Zedong period a nightmare in Chinese politics is finding its way back.
By Zhengxu Wang - 21 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

How to Make Financial Innovations Work in China

China’s three financial sector regulators are launching major reviews of new innovations implemented in the past few years that have been blamed for the chaos in the financial sector in the second half of last year and early this year.
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Economy,Society,China

China Launches a Controversial Directive to Open Up Gated Residential Compounds

China’s State Council issued a guideline for urban development on February 21. It states that “in principle, no more enclosed residential compounds will be built. And existing residential compounds will gradually have their interior streets integrated into the public road network.”
By Zhihua Zhou - 19 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Chinese Investments Springing Up in Malaysia

China has been the largest trading partner of Malaysia for six consecutive years since 2009. The trading amount increased from just USD 12 billion in 2000 to almost USD 108 billion in 2014.
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Politics,China,South Asia

China and India: Does the Largest Country Possess the Greatest Amount of Soft Power?

A large country may not necessarily generate more soft power if it emphasizes hard power and does not take advantage of its potential soft power resources. The different political systems between China and India lead to distinct outcomes in their use of soft power.
By Mengqi Qin - 18 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Why China Believes It Is Right about US Rebalancing

China tends to see the US rebalancing strategy as the beginning of a Cold War-style containment. China may misunderstand it, but the US should introspect and review its China policies that formulate and reinforce such beliefs.
By Xiaolin Duan - 17 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

Rural Poverty Reduction in China: Policy Changes and Future Challenges

The first set of policies aims to improve the targeting accuracy of poverty reduction programs. The second set of policies plans to have poverty reduction programs to focus on adjacent regions with disadvantaged natural and economic conditions.
By Jiwei Qian - 15 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Cyberspace,China

Domain Name Registration Rules: China and the US Need to Understand Each Other

On March 28, 2016, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced its Internet Domain Name Management Rules (Opinion-Seeking Revision Draft), and officially solicited opinions from the public. The overseas media had a field day over this announcement.
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Politics,Economy,China

Will the Beijing Consensus Follow the Washington Consensus to Oblivion?

The Beijing Consensus is simply three theorems about how to organize the place of a developing country in the world. Just like the Washington Consensus, it contains many ideas that are not all about economics, but also about politics and the global balance of power.
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Society,China

Understanding the Failure of Farmers’ Specialized Cooperatives in China

The vast majority of FSCs in China are not authentic cooperatives, but shell companies, private businesses, or commercial enterprises. The considerable policy supports from the government since the 2000s have been ineffective in fostering a healthy cooperative system.
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Politics,China

China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict

From a formal point of view, the UN system is the core of the contemporary world system. However, the United States and China have very different understanding and perception about the UN system.
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Security,Hotspots,China

National Interests, International Law, and China’s Position on the South China Sea Disputes

China’s non-participation policy in the South China Sea arbitration case goes against its own national interests, as there are probably better ways to deal with the difficulties that China is facing in the South China Sea disputes.
By Jiangyu Wang - 06 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

Iron Silk Road: The Rise of China and the Expansion of High Speed Railways

Regional transportation networks constructed by China will contribute significantly to its leadership in Asia. Transportation networks will provide China with new and diversified supply lines and consumer markets, helping it to spread its regional economic influence.
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Economy,China

Will Tobin Tax Work in China?

The present market structure of China might give Tobin tax a good chance to succeed if its objective is to stabilize short term capital flow and exchange rate volatility.
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Economy,China

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Celebrating China's 13th Five-Year Plan

China's 13th Five-Year Plan includes concrete plans for expressways, airports, railways, and urban mass transit. Just as important, it includes an extra USD 93 billion for poverty alleviation.
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Economy,China

How are Chinese Investors Protected in Investment Agreements?

ISDS provisions are a common feature of trade and investment agreements, and aim to give investors protection from discriminatory treatment by the states who are parties to these agreements.
By Tam Teo - 01 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

America’s Strategic Misjudgment and Miscalculation in the South China Sea Issue

The US has misjudged China, its intention and its role. It based its judgement on its own historical experience as an expansionistic empire and its deeply rooted great power ideology, and not on China’s diplomatic performance in the region.  
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Security,China,South Asia

The Brussels and Lahore Bombings of March 2016 and Their Implications for China’s War on Terror

The Brussels attack and last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris have the potential to sway the shocked governments of Western Europe to offer greater support for China’s ongoing struggle against Uighur jihadists in Xinjiang.
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Economy,China

2016: A Tough Year for China’s Economy

Although economic deceleration is expected and is not necessarily a terrible outcome for China, concerns over the transition are warranted. Indeed, the economy is facing numerous constraints, domestically and externally.
By Sarah Y Tong - 30 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,China

China’s Lianghui 2016: Expectations and Challenges - Interview with Yongnian Zheng

The annual Chinese Lianghui of 2016, or plenary meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is significant for the observation of China’s political, economic and social trends.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

China’s “Belt and Road” and Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects

In 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, both of which constitute the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) development framework.
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Politics,China

Has China's Institutionalization Failed?

While the 18th Party Congress has brought about momentous changes that have led to uncertainties about the Chinese political future, underlying these changes are in fact concerted efforts towards reinforcing further institutionalization of Chinese politics.
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Economy,Society,China

China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?

The recent housing boom in the high tier cities is a product of supportive policies, easy monetary environment, strong demand, increasing price of land, and various informal financing means.
By Zhihua Zhou - 29 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Cyberspace,China

Xi Jinping’s Economic Cybersecurity Agreement with Barack Obama

Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement with US President Barack Obama in September 2015 to curb “cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property.”
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Security,China

America’s Dangerous Strategic Probes in the South China Sea

The US is using a steady progression of small, incremental steps to impose costs on China while avoiding an escalation to military conflict.
By Bo Hu - 28 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

The AIIB through the Lens of the ADB

How does the new multilateral development bank appear through the lens of its nearly-half-a-century old predecessor?
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Security,China

Is Australia Becoming an Appendage of the US Rebalance?

Can Beijing hope for a somewhat independent or balanced Australian analysis of the changing Indo-Pacific regional order? The DWP’s treatment of the US rebalance doesn’t inspire confidence.
By Feng Zhang - 24 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Dollar Defense of 1985 and its Relevance for China

There are valuable lessons that policy makers can draw from the successful defense of the Singapore dollar against depreciation pressure in 1985 and interestingly, the case bear many resemblances to the RMB situation today.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The Dynamic Balance of Power in the South China Sea

The discussion and debate on the South China Sea dispute has fallen into a deadlock between two monological contexts, generally between Chinese commenters and their counterparts from the US and its allies.
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Politics,Hotspots,China

China’s Rule of Law Dilemma

Less than one year after the party invoked the building of the “rule of law,” 317 human rights lawyers, activists and their family members in China since July 2015 have been reportedly detained and investigated.
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Politics,China

China’s National People’s Congress 2016: Reforms Entering Uncharted Waters

The Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang leadership faced the daunting challenges of reviving the anaemic economy and pushing through a domestic restructuring programme.
By Gang Chen - 21 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Environment,China

Why China’s Economic “New Normal” Fails to Solve the Urban Smog Problem

The chronic smog problems afflicting major Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai have grown even bigger in the past few years while the country’s GDP growth decelerated.
By Gang Chen - 21 Mar 2016 | 1 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

China and Global Governance: Breaking Away or Pushing In?

It is necessary to review China’s enhanced yet uneven participation in global and multilateral institutions, and to recognize that China has not been fully included in a few important arenas of multilateral cooperation and governing regime building such as energy.
By Fengshi Wu - 21 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

Is Kyle Bass Right in Predicting a RMB Crash?

Bass’ prediction was based on the possibility of a loan loss of RMB 22.75 trillion (USD 3.5 trillion) that will force China’s banking system to shed 10% of its assets.
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Economy,China

Is the Super Central Bank Model Coming to China?

Last year, a series of financial crises forced the Chinese authorities to take a closer look at the regulatory setup of the financial system. The most popular replacement strategy suggested is to form a super central bank.
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Economy,China

Does Poor Trade Performance Spell the End of China’s Export-Oriented Development?

In 2015, China’s total trade in goods contracted by 8 percent. The downward trend continued this year, as export and import in goods contracted by 9 percent and 14.9 percent (year on year) in January.
By Sarah Y Tong - 21 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

The GMO Controversy in China: More than Food Security

China’s strong support for GM technology is driven by a wide range of factors including concerns over food security and agricultural sustainability, as well as strategic considerations and practical reasons.
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Economy,China,East Asia

Innovative Dynamism in the Dragon's Habitat

China has begun to maximize the deployment of its brain power intensively to transition into a knowledge-based economy with extensive R&D investments.
By Jong-Hak Eun - 11 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Hotspots,China

Anti-Corruption Campaign: China’s Political “New Normal”

After 30 years of gradual economic reform, the party-state’s partially marketized economy has become a hotbed for more high-stake and high-level corruption cases.
By Gang Chen - 11 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

Africa And China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Chinese investment and economic engagement in Africa can be expected to intensify under China’s development plans for what it has described as the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
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Security,Hotspots,China

Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea: A Modus Vivendi between the US and China?

The US intended to carry out its self-styled military-diplomatic policy of “freedom of navigations operations” to challenge what it perceived as China’s “excessive maritime claims.”
By Feng Zhang - 10 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

“A New Type of International Relations”: Xi Jinping's 2015 State Visits to the UK, Vietnam, and Singapore

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in late September 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping advocated for a new type of international relations that is based on practical win-win cooperation.
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Economy,China

Different Perceptions of China’s “One Belt One Road” Initiative

After Beijing proposed the One Belt One Road initiative in 2013, some Western commentators expressed fear and concern that China will use it for narrow political or economic ends.
By Hong Zhao - 06 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

Increasing the Supply of Mental Healthcare in China

China released its National Mental Health Working Plan (2015–2020) in June 2015. Addressing the undersupply of mental healthcare is a major task.
By Jiwei Qian - 06 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

Improving the Enforcement of Tobacco Control Regulations in China

China has been relatively slow in implementing its obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
By Jiwei Qian - 06 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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China

Chinese Perspectives On Obama’s 2015 Visit To Africa

In his 2015 state visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, US President Barack Obama argued that Africa’s economic engagement with the US offers the best opportunity for economic empowerment, especially in terms of job creation and capacity building.
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Economy,China

China’s Transition To The “New Normal”: Challenges And Opportunities

In May 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the issue of China’s transition to a “new normal,” calling on the Chinese people to remain calm in the face of the economic slowdown.
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Economy,China

Trans-Pacific Partnership: The View From China

On October 5, 2015 in Atlanta, trade negotiators from the US and eleven of its allies in the Pacific Rim reached final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, sending the trade agreement back to their national legislatures for final ratification.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Recent Developments In Sino-Vietnamese Relations

On June 29, 2015, Vietnam joined the other founding members of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in signing the bank’s articles of agreement.
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Economy,China

Latin America And China's “New Normal”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s inaugural visit to Latin America in May 2015 highlighted the shift in China’s economic engagement with the region.
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Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Sino-Cambodian Relations: Recent Economic and Military Cooperation

In a conference on Sino-Cambodian cooperation held in June 2015, Bu Jianguo, China’s ambassador to Cambodia, identified Cambodia as being located on China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road development plan.
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Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The March 2015 Bombings of Yunnan: New Trends in Sino-Myanmar Relations

On March 8, 2015, a Tatmadaw fighter jet battling rebels from the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in the Kokang region accidentally bombed a village in Gengma county in China’s Yunnan province, destroying a house.
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Economy,China

The Middle East and China's “Belt and Road”: Xi Jinping's 2016 State Visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran

For his first overseas tour of 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited 3 key nations in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran.
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Security,China

Al-Shabab and the Garissa Massacre: Implications For China in East Africa

On April 2, 2015, a group of heavily armed gunmen from the Somali al-Shabab militant organization invaded the eastern Kenyan campus of Garissa University College, shooting students sleeping in their dormitories and taking others hostage.
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Economy,China

The US, China, and the AIIB: From Zero-Sum Competition to Win-Win Cooperation?

The unexpected support from the UK and other US allies for the AIIB shows that many countries don’t share the US’ understanding of the AIIB as representing a zero-sum competition for global influence.
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Politics,China

China’s Fugitive Officials and Vanishing Fortune

Wang Qishan, China’s anti-corruption tsar, disclosed that in 2015 the Operation Skynet had repatriated 1023 fugitives and recovered three billion yuan in stolen money.
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Cyberspace,China

Di Ba’s Facebook Battle: Chinese Internet Memes Gone “Good”?

On January 20, 2016, users of “Di Ba” organized a social media war to flood the official pages of pro-Taiwan independence media like Sanlih E-Television as well as fan pages of Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, among others, with memes and messages.
By Lincey Qi - 29 Feb 2016 | 1 comments Read more...
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