China Policy Institute Blog

China’s Ambition and the AIIB

Written by Nick Bisley. It is widely recognised that China has become a world power of the first rank. On the back of its epochal economic transformation, the People’s Republic must now be bracketed alongside the US as the most important entities in the international system. This reflects not just economic weight – China is the world’s …

One Year of Modi Government

Written by Pravakar Sahoo. High inflation, dwindling growth, low investor confidence, and policy paralysis in the years before the 2014 general election resulted in high expectations from Indian industry, investors and the people at large: everyone looked to the new government, led by Prime Minister Modi, to ease their pain and bring the economy back on …

Unrest in the Southwest: The fight to join the high-speed rail network

Written by Adam Cathcart and Li Wankun. Due to the outbreak of social disobedience and subsequent violent confrontation with police, the spotlight has shone this week on Linshui, a small city in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Since 16 May, tens of thousands of residents from Linshui have gathered to demand that a proposed high-speed railway linking Dazhou and …

China-led AIIB: Adding a new engine to the Asia-Pacific’s rise

Written by Miriam L. Campanella. The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, labelled a ‘World Bank challenger’, is set to work as a multilateral development bank with the special objective of developing Asia’s infrastructure and international trade connections. On April 15th, the AIIB officially unveiled the list of its founding members: 57 countries from five continents, including …

A powerful diversion? China’s AIIB

Written by Sara Hsu. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to be launched in Beijing at the end of 2015, has leapt forward in popularity in recent months, with the number of prospective founding members rising to 57. This is despite the fact that senior officials in the United States have urged allies not to …

Food safety challenges call for big changes in Chinese food companies

Written by Nicoletta Ferro. Ensuring food security, in terms of ongoing availability of food provisions, has always been one of the top priorities in the Chinese government agenda. Memories of the Great Famine are still vivid in the mind of many Chinese and while the country has succeeded in combating hunger and gained food self-sufficiency, concerns …

Is the AIIB a new attempt by China to challenge the status quo?

Written by Shogo Suzuki. China’s rise remains a politically charged debate which frequently provokes fear of a ‘China threat’ or the end of Western (read US) dominance. China’s new contribution to global finance, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (hereafter AIIB or ‘the Bank’) has thus been met with a somewhat mixed reception. The memorandum for the …

Reducing Food Waste to Boost China’s Long-term Food Security

Written by Zhang-Yue Zhou. What is food waste? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food waste at the consumption stage is the food discarded which is still suitable for human consumption. Food waste at the consumption stage in China is enormous. According to China’s Bureau of State Grains, food wasted each …

China, the U.S., and the emerging world order

Written by Linda Yueh. China is investing tens of billions in infrastructure in emerging markets, focused on the Asian region. Normally, when developing countries have access to much needed funds for investment, there is widespread support. Yet, for China, whose vehicles for this investment include the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the BRICS bank …

The AIIB: An insight into China’s regional vision?

Written by Philippa Brant. China has ratcheted up its economic diplomacy efforts in Asia this year. But will its neighbours be convinced of its ‘vision’ for the region? In addition to its well-established bilateral aid and development financing, the past few months have seen China actively promoting a new form of regional economic integration, known …