China Policy Institute Blog

Is the AIIB a turning point for China?

Written by Xiaobing Wang. The current world order is largely built on American dominance, managed by US-based international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This order was established after World War II and has been reinforced by the collapse of the communist block and the Soviet Union. This order …

Running the AIIB

Written by Huiyun Feng and Kai He. With increasing power and interests, China is becoming more uncomfortable with some of the rules and practices of the international institutions that were tailored for the post-World War II world. However, existing powers are not ready to accommodate China’s needs. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is China’s first experience …

China’s Economic Grand Strategy

Written by Rebecca Fabrizi. How much political, economic or strategic importance will the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) be? With the infrastructure deficit in Asia thought to amount to as much as $8 trillion over the next decade, the AIIB is a welcome development.But whether it is capitalised at $100 or $200 billion, it …

China’s new economic diplomacy

Written by James Laurenceson. For a long time China’s economic diplomacy wasn’t particularly inspiring or pretty to look at. There were investment forays into some resource-rich countries in Africa and aid packages dished out to small pacific island countries. But there was little to suggest that China was drawing on its rising economic clout to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How the Internet is shaping PRC development: Three schools of thought in China

Written by Daniel Lynch. Over the past few years I have followed Chinese writings on the impact of the Internet on PRC society.  I’m not so much interested in discovering a definitive answer, but I am trying to understand the range of debate on this critical but impossibly complex question. Understanding the range of debate …

Mobile Film Projection in Socialist and Post-Socialist China

Written by Tina Mai Chen. The study of propaganda in socialist and post-socialist China generally focuses on the content and aesthetic conventions of specific genres of material including film, posters, and literature. Another area of scholarship attends to the political contexts that shape the production, circulation, and reception of propaganda. Less studied, but equally important …