The New Silk Roads: a book review
The New Silk Roads may well be a much more fragile region than author Peter Frankopan is willing to concede, writes John West.
Coronavirus highlights poverty of Asia's governance
The Chinese New Year is starting badly thanks to the Coronavirus, writes John West.
"Red Flag: Waking up to China's Challenge"
Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay provides an excellent, informative and insightful analysis of the challenges Australia faces in managing its deepening relationship with China writes John West.
The Hong Kong Uprising and the consequences in Taiwan
Stefano Pelaggi analyses the conflict in the former British colony of Hong Kong, the challenge to China's national identity and the final loss of a Beijing projection in Taiwan.
China, a low-productivity superpower
China is a low-productivity superpower which must be balanced, argues John West.
China's precarious economic future
Dinny McMahon provides an excellent forensic investigation of the Chinese economy in his book "China's Great Wall of Debt", writes John West.
China's Third Revolution
Elizabeth Economy’s recent book, “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State”, carefully documents the dramatic changes underway under President Xi, writes John West.
Why Xi's China is in Jeopardy
George Magnus's recent book "Red Flags: Why Xi's China is in Jeopardy" highlights four "traps" which put the Chinese economy in jeopardy, writes John West.
Book review: Three Decades of Cooperation between the Asian Development Bank and China
The Lowy Institute just published John West's review of "Partnership Transformed: Three Decades of Cooperation between Asian Development Bank and the People's Republic of China" by Robert Wihtol.
How Asia goes to war
John West reviews "The Four Flash Points : how Asia goes to war", by Professor Brendan Taylor.
Trust in Ratings: China’s Social Credit System
China has launched its "social credit system," hoping to increase social trust. What will it mean for China, and indeed, the world, asks Séverine Arsène ?
Decolonizing Hong Kong
Hong Kong's government elite needs to be "decolonized" to correct wrong concepts and thinking, and misguided attitudes and values, left over from colonial rule, writes Wing Yin Yu.
Blunting China’s sharp power
Democracy Digest has an excellent article on blunting China’s sharp power.
Can America Bounce Back in Asia?
America's geopolitical predominance in Asia has been waning, especially under the US presidency of Donald Trump. Looking further ahead, it is not obvious that this "new normal" will be sustained.
China and Global Value Chains
In their new book, “China and Global Value Chains”, Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes provide a forensic analysis of China’s participation in Global Value Chains, writes John West.
China's soft power ascendancy
China is stepping into a soft power vacuum as the US retreats under Trump, Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
China’s soft power struggles
China could increase its soft power impact, but openness, transparency, and tolerance of debate present significant hurdles, Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley write.
Toward a green, but robust, economy in China
China must take its environmental problems head-on, otherwise the economic, social and health costs will become prohibitive in the coming years, argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Apple's global value chains in Asia
Seamus Grimes explains the intricacies of Apple's global value chains in Asia, something which even Donald Trump will not be able to change.
Global value chains and the US missing exports
The US trade deficit is overstated due to the failure of trade statistics to capture flows of intellectual property embedded in exports. Yuqing Xing calls for trade statistics to be reformed.
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