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.
China’s groundwater crisis
Tackling China’s groundwater depletion and the growing crisis of water scarcity amidst rapid urbanisation will require political will and creative policy thinking, Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley write
North Korean imbroglio
North Korea and the US are locked in a stalemate in their struggle over North Korea's growing nuclear threat. How did we land in this imbroglio? Is there a way out, asks John West?
China steals the South China Sea
China snaffled the South China Sea from its Southeast Asian neighbours, without firing a shot, says John West.
America and China -- war or peace?
Can Donald Trump, the man of the deal, could secure a new deal with China asks John West.
Infrastructure for a China-centric Eurasia?
China’s “one belt, one road” initiative, which seeks to build a China-centric Eurasia, is struggling to get off the ground, writes John West.
China's upgrading challenge
Today, there is no government making greater efforts to climb Asia’s global value chains and get better value for its economy than China’s, writes John West.
The Chinese economy of today is riddled with conundrums, writes John West.
What next in the South China Sea
The Philippines won its South China Sea case against China. But what Philippine President Duterte would like to do next, asks John West.
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