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2017/10/31 | Tyler Prochazka

China and UNDP Study Basic Income Pilot Feasibility

Chinese academics and officials last week hosted a roundtable on Universal Basic Income with the United Nations Development Program in Beijing, suggesting China may be prepared to trial experiments on the social dividend in the same manner as countries such as Finland, Scotland and India.

2017/10/31 |

Building a More Sustainable Belt and Road

China’s Belt and Road Initiative involves significant risk in investing in countries and projects that have failed to attract financing elsewhere. More multilateral financing can help ensure that these projects are environmentally sustainable rather than under-utilized white elephants.

2017/10/31 | Suzanne Pepper

Xi Jinping Shatters Hong Kong Handover Illusion

Chinese President Xi Jinping's report to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China revealed once and for all that Beijing intends to exercise 'comprehensive jurisdiction' over Hong Kong, and that the 1997 promise of '50 years without change' can now be consigned to the dustbin of history.

2017/10/30 | Sudha Ramachandran

Sino-Indian Space Race Rivalry Lifts Off

China and India are using satellites in space to win influence and secure their geo-political and economic interests, and while China's program is better funded and more ambitious, India's Indian Space Research Organization is catching up.

2017/10/29 | Hui Feng and Stephen Bell

Expect No Surprises in China's 'New Era' Economic Policy

Stability and redistribution will be the watchwords of the Xi administrations economic policy as China strives to achieve its goal of becoming a "moderately prosperous society" by 2021.

2017/10/28 | Sheryn Lee

President Tsai's Ballot Box Balancing Act

Like most incumbents, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen is experiencing mid-term polling blues, but the erosion of identification with either of the two major parties should be greater cause for concern.

2017/10/24 | Yvonne Chiu

China Stoking Nationalist Fires in Doklam Border Dispute

China's recent dispute with India on the border with Bhutan shows how Beijing wields its international clout to boost domestic legitimacy.

2017/10/23 | Duncan Green

BOOK REVIEW: 'How China Escaped the Poverty Trap' by Yuen Yuen Ang

In 'How China Escaped the Poverty Trap,' Yuen Yuen Ang turns conventional thinking on its head, exploding myths as to how developing nations can catapult themselves out of poverty.

2017/10/22 | Vedi Hadiz

Deep-rooted Problems with Democracy in Indonesia

Indonesians who tend towards secular forms of democratic politics should be aware, now more so than ever, of the historical and contemporary weakness of politically liberal (or social democratic) streams within Indonesian politics.

2017/10/20 | Graeme Smith

China's Heavy-handed Control of Foreign Research

Now, the Chinese censors can tinker endlessly with the digital record to achieve their goals without ever leaving their desks, making one non-destructive edit after another, each propagating nearly instantaneously around the globe, leaving behind no discernible trace or loose ends.

2017/10/18 | Suzanne Pepper

The Enigma of New HK CEO Carrie Lam

New Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam has proved a master of the art of "responding without answering", enabling her to glide smoothly from one crisis to the next and emerge as the only person Beijing was willing to entrust with the top job.

2017/10/18 | Richard Javad Heydarian

Putting Duterte’s Popularity into Perspective of Philippines Political Culture

The Philippines' unique political culture may explain why Duterte manages to maintain high approval ratings despite mishaps and his controversial drug policy.

2017/10/18 | Scott Simon

Questioning Tsai's Sincerity over Indigenous Land Rights

'Only time will tell if the DPP government is merely cultivating its own local supporters, or is sincere about recognizing indigenous sovereignty,' writes Simon Scott.

2017/10/18 | Kevin Carrico

'Insignificant' CCP Congress Opens in Beijing

Although the perceived importance of this Congress is a rare instance of consensus between domestic and international China commentators, a counter-interpretation may be more revealing: nothing of actual significance will happen in Beijing this week.

2017/10/17 | Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Philippines Foreign Policy under President Duterte

Philippines foreign policy under President Duterte has strengthened relations with Japan and appeared to tack away from the U.S., but the reality is more nuanced.

2017/10/17 | Richard C. Bush

What Will Xi Jinping Say About Taiwan at the 19th Party Congress?

Richard C. Bush examines past speeches to predict what China's leadership might say about Taiwan in the upcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress.

2017/10/11 | Rosemary Chen

ISSUE: New Southbound Policy Misses Migrant Worker Protections

President Tsai's recent speeches on the New Southbound Policy overlooked systematic discrimination problems faced by migrant workers in Taiwan.

2017/10/10 | Mong Palatino

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore?

An artist and political activist was standing alone before the Parliament House, holding a mirror as an act of performance art. He was led away by the police and detained until he posted bail the next day.