The BRICS at the Hangzhou G20 Summit
Politics,Economy,China
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 19 Sep 2016

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.
Legal Defects of the South China Sea Ruling
Hotspots,China

By Li Xue & Yuwen Zheng - 16 Sep 2016

Legal Defects of the South China Sea Ruling

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

By John F. Copper - 15 Sep 2016

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

Bond Defaults: A New Risk for Financial Crisis in China?
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.
Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China
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...
Hangzhou G20: Display of Opulence with Limited Achievement?
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.  
Behind China’s E-Commerce Success Story
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.
RMB’s Global Payments Share Drops: A Blessing in Disguise?
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.
The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses
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.
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...
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