China’s Rising Economic Soft Power

Written by John Wong. Shortly after consolidating his power to become China’s only real “strong man” since Deng Xiaoping, President Xi Jinping promised national rejuvenation to realize his “Chinese dream”. Externally, Xi has been pursuing an active foreign policy to elevate China’s international standing. The main thrust of Xi’s foreign policy is to cultivate “good-neighbourly relations” with …

Cracks in China’s New Silk Road

Written by Michael Clarke. Francis Fukuyama recently argued that President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) strategy ‘represents a striking departure in Chinese policy’ whereby Beijing is ‘seeking to export its development model to other countries.’ The OBOR’s emphasis on ‘on massive state-led investments in infrastructure’ to facilitate trans-Eurasian economic interconnectivity, he notes, contrasts with …

From disdain to greater interests: China and the rest of the world.

Written by Daouda Cissé. China is at the heart of the world economy. China’s economy has never been more strongly connected to the global economy than today. Increasingly, China’s economic success or downturn has impact on the global economy. China’s impact on the current crisis of the global commodity market and the recent turmoil in the …

The Great Fall of China? Insights from a China bull

Written by James Laurenceson. If China-economy watchers must be labelled as either bulls or bears, I usually identify as the former. For all the dire headlines, the facts are that the volume of purchasing power being added to China’s economy continues to be the same as in the past (in fact, its increased) and in …

E-commerce as the basis of commodity trading markets in China

Written by Jinmin Wang. China has witnessed rapid development of e-commerce in the past two decades, which has not only created many new business models, but also transformed some traditional business. One typical example is the digitalization of commodity trading markets. Recently some of the leading commodity trading markets in China have launched cross-border wholesale e-commerce …

Tourism and China’s Development

Written by David Airey, In our book dealing with the development of tourism in China since 1949 we emphasise the significance of the public-policy making context and point to the ways in which, in this policy environment, tourism, at least during the early years of change after 1978, was often in the vanguard of, and pointed the …

The Future of Green Construction in China

Written by Sha Yu. China, as the world’s largest carbon emitter and energy consumer, also has the world’s largest construction market. In the past five years, China has added around 3 billion square metres of building floorspace annually (China Statistical Yearbook 2014, Table 10-7). The building floorspace in China today exceeds that of the United …

Preventing Smog Crisis: New Thinking for Energy Policy-Making in China

Written by Jingzheng Ren and Liang Dong. China’s smog crisis and air pollution has become an inescapable topic once more. Almost in the same period as the Indonesian haze made the headlines, China has also been suffering from severe smog, in which straw burning is one of the culprits, despite local governments’ efforts to provide environmental-friendly …

Global labour regimes and local policies: the Chinese-run fast fashion industry in Prato, Italy.

Written by Antonella Ceccagno. With much fanfare, the first results of an ongoing three-year project concerning the legalisation of productive activities are now being presented in Prato, the most famous Italian industrial district. The FACE 新面貌

Competition and collaboration between Chinese and Italian industries and cluster-to-cluster relations

Written by Marco Bellandi and Annalisa Caloffi. A research program begun more than 10 years ago allowed us to look more closely at the relationship between Italy and China. During the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, the two countries competed for first position in world exports of a number of products, including textiles, clothing, …