China -- rotten at the top
The revelations of the ill-gotten wealth of Wen Jiaobao's family is just the latest evidence that China is rotten at the top -- including at the top of China's new leadership. What does it mean?
China's elites and development
Over three decades ago, China's Communist Party elite saw it in its interest to adopt pro-development policies. But now elites are challenged by the consequences of their own strategy.
China: is “state capitalism” in crisis?
In this week's invited contribution, Emanuele Schibotto* asks if China's "state capitalism" is in crisis.
Will China overtake the US?
Many Americans fear that China will soon overtake the US. Is this really possible?
The Irascible Mitt Romney on China
For Asia-watchers, no-one could be more exasperating than the irascible Mitt Romney.
Obama and Xi, Peace and Prosperity
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping are the right guys to forge a Pax Pacifica, according to Kevin Rudd, the former Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
China's Communist Party
As the Chinese Communist Party prepares its once in a decade leadership change, and tries to turn the page on its recent scandals, Richard McGregor's book on the Party is essential reading.
Challenges for China's President Xi
On 8 November, Xi Jinping will be appointed President of China at the Communist Party's 18th Congress. This should offer hopes of a new phase in China's economic reform. However, ...
Microfinance in Asia
Microfinance is a great buzz word today. But what exactly is microfinance and is it effective? Cornell University's Lila Nojima shares her thoughts with us this week.
China and Russia -- global strategic threats
Russia and China are the chief strategic threats to the moral and political commitments of liberal democracies, argues Michael Ignatieff.
Doing business in China
Doing business in China is very difficult, but not impossible.
Thoughts of the Dalai Lama
Before I left Japan, I had the honor of seeing His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He spoke of globalization, financial crisis, climate change, compassion and warm-heartedness.
China and the TPP
China has not been invited to participate in the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Why?
How powerful is China?
China has the world's 2nd largest economy and has been growing at a 10% rate for over three decades straight. It is also the world's biggest exporter, and has an enormous amount of foreign reserves.
Asia's middle class
Poor countries typically have a tiny rich elite, large impoverished masses, and a very small "middle class". When development succeeds, society's middle class expands as ...
Asian Century on Film
If you want to get a quick idea of what the Asian Century is all about, have a look at the Centennial Group's 12 minute video on Youtube (link below).
Culture Wise China
China is different, very different. So if you wish to negotiate an international agreement, do business with China, live there or even simply visit, you need to be "culture wise China".
Understanding the Rise of China -- Martin Jacques
"We can't understand the rise of China using Western concepts" argues Martin Jacques, the author of "When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World".
China's reform problems
China's reform is in a real bind, and what's more, China has bad relations with virtually all of its neighbors. Where will this head?
The largest migration in world history is now taking place -- from Chinese rural to urban areas.
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