Yongnian Zheng is Professor and Director of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He is Editor of Series on Contemporary China (World Scientific Publishing) and Editor of China Policy Series (Routledge). He is also a co-editor of China: An International Journal. He has studied both China's transformation and its external relations. His papers have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and China Quarterly. He is the author of 13 books, including Technological Empowerment, De Facto Federalism in China, Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China and Globalization and State Transformation in China, and coeditor of 11 books on China's politics and society including the latest volume China and the New International Order (2008). Besides his research work, Professor Zheng has also been an academic activist. He served as a consultant to United Nation Development Programme on China's rural development and democracy. In addition, he has been a columnist for Xinbao (Hong Kong) and Zaobao (Singapore) for many years, writing numerous commentaries on China's domestic and international affairs. Professor Zheng received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Beijing University, and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He was a recipient of Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1995-1997) and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2003-2004). He was Professor and founding Research Director of the China Policy Institute, the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
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By Yongnian Zheng - 22 Feb 2017
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.
By Yongnian Zheng - 21 Nov 2016
The first is the transformation from the national to the global economy. The second is the transformation from elite to mass democracy. The third is the shift in the focus of knowledge from the world to the local, and from the macro to the micro scale.
Since the announcement of the ruling, all concerned parties are still mulling their next moves. The actions they take will decide which direction Asia heads to: spiral into a Middle Eastern type of crisis, or avoid war and head towards peace and stability.
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.
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?
The UK’s exit from the EU is a cautionary tale to other forms of regionalism. The US has dominated NATO, the North American Free Trade Area, and is also committed to constructing new types of regionalism such as the TPP and TTIP. Yet, it is questionable if this non-inclusive form of regionalism established will be sustainable.
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.
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.