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China, Japan seek to increase military clout over Korea

China, Japan seek to increase military clout over Korea

China and Japan appear to be trying to step up their military presence around the Korean Peninsula amid a debate between South Korea and the United States over defense cost-sharing. Diplomatic and security sources say Beijing and Tokyo are preparing for a possible realignment of U.S. troops in South Korea and a reduced U.S. military […]

Beijing rejects Hong Kong’s anti-corruption laws eyeing city head

Beijing rejects Hong Kong’s anti-corruption laws eyeing city head

China’s central government has rejected a plan by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to tighten the city’s anti-corruption laws and ensure that all gifts and benefits offered to the chief executive are graft-free. Beijing found the idea of amending the existing law for this reason unacceptable, a source familiar with the central government’s […]

China’s Political Economy Under the Microscope

China’s Political Economy Under the Microscope

  The “red swan” that gives this book its title refers to China’s Communist Party-state policy-making process, and is a play on the “black swan” of the induction fallacy, popularized by the former Wall Street trader and finance professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Sebastian Heilmann’s policy-centric work is a blend of political economy and political science […]

Sound and Fury: Does Abe’s Constitutional Revision Really Matter?

Sound and Fury: Does Abe’s Constitutional Revision Really Matter?

Much attention has been paid recently to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to revise the country’s constitution in what would be the first and only change since it was adopted in 1947. The focus especially has been on his intent to change Article 9, which prohibits the country from engaging in war and maintaining […]

Why Tokyo and New Delhi Are Reaching Out to Beijing and Vice Versa

Why Tokyo and New Delhi Are Reaching Out to Beijing and Vice Versa

The volatility of US President Donald Trump’s administration has thrown many a government across the world into a tizzy. With Washington blowing hot one day and cold the next, foreign-policy mandarins in various world capitals have been burning the proverbial midnight oil, trying to develop strategies to deal with the maverick administration.   India and […]

Singapore: an upbeat new year’s message

Singapore: an upbeat new year’s message

Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered an upbeat new year’s message. On the political front a younger team is in place to take over the leadership after Lee who plans to step down in 2021. Poised to be the next prime minister is current finance minister Heng Swee Keat. Economically, Singapore has posted a […]

Xi Jinping’s Subtle Summitry on the Korean Peninsula

Xi Jinping’s Subtle Summitry on the Korean Peninsula

As a pragmatist, Chinese President Xi Jinping patiently and methodically chooses the means and procedures to achieve his “China Dream,” waiting until China is ready and able to revise the global strategic, economic and diplomatic order led by the United States. His efforts to balance revisionist goals and pragmatic means are evident on the Korean […]

IPR protection guarantees better innovation

IPR protection guarantees better innovation

China’s reform and opening up nurtured and prospered its intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. In the 1980s, the country was in urgent need of an IPR protection system complying with international rules, especially a patent system, in order to better utilize foreign capital and technologies. On April 1, 1985, when China’s Patent Law came into […]

Advance with the times by carrying forward reform and opening-up

Advance with the times by carrying forward reform and opening-up

Whoever can offer a clear explanation of China’s reform and development will likely be a winner of the Nobel Laureate in economics, the remark of the Nobel economics prize winner Milton Friedman has reflected the global trend towards the exploration of the secrets of China’s reform and opening-up. To reveal the secrets of China’s success, […]

China rolls out new measures to further promote reform and opening up

China rolls out new measures to further promote reform and opening up

A draft amendment to the Patent Law was passed at a State Council executive meeting held on Dec. 5. The document will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for deliberation. The amendment is expected to enhance punishment on intellectual property infringement. The move is an effort by China to further open […]

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