Mao’s China as a market for Western Europe? PRC early economic exchanges and implications for the international economy

Written by Valeria Zanier. It was widely known by analysts during the Cold War that business across the two sides of the Iron Curtain was quite a usual practice, regardless of the strategic embargo imposed by NATO. Academic scholarship has in principle recognized that the study of an economic and technological dimension is relevant to the understanding …

China’s hukou urbanisation

Written by Monika Chansoria. The rising urban-rural divide has become a serious socio-political challenge for the Chinese government. In an attempt to confront this mounting problem, the Chinese leadership has focused on an “urbanisation campaign” to boosting domestic demand whilst also creating jobs. With the challenge of having to cater for nearly 260 million migrant …

China’s New Urbanisation Plan

Written by Zhou Zhihua. In recent decades, in tandem with socio-economic development, urbanisation at the global level has increased from 29% in 1950 to 52% in 2010. China similarly experienced dramatic urbanisation growth, from 18% in 1978 to 54% in 2013. However, this massive urbanisation wave has been criticized for its over-reliance on physical construction …

A Road Map to Sustainable Universal Health Coverage?

Written by Tsung-Mei Cheng. As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is drawing to an end, United Nations member states are defining the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which build on the MDGs. The post-2015 SDGs are to be presented at the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 25-27 September this year. Universal …

Does Chinese Innovation Need Yu?

Written by William H.A. Johnson. Jack Ma, the colourful founder of the Chinese internet juggernaut, Alibaba, has often talked about the failure of the Chinese system to properly encourage innovation. In a recent speech he broke the problem down into the two Mandarin words that generally describe the educational process for children in China: jiaoyu. Jiao …

China’s AIIB Dream

By Jan Knoerich. The process of establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a clear manifestation of China’s growing international leverage on issues of global economic governance. Up until the present day, the initiative has brought together an impressive 57 countries from all regions of the world – albeit with a clear focus on …

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 …

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 …