IMF raises China 2017 economic outlook again on policy support

Reuters / Jun 14 2017 / Originally Posted at ABS-CBN News

 BEIJING – The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday raised its forecast for China’s economic growth this year to 6.7 percent, citing “policy support, especially expansionary credit and public investment”. Continue reading “IMF raises China 2017 economic outlook again on policy support”

Studying in China? Law, culture, language classes are now compulsory

by Nectar Gan/ June 6, 2017 / SCMP

Foreign students pursuing higher education diplomas in China will have to take compulsory courses in Chinese and about the country’s general conditions and culture starting from next month, the government announced on Monday. Continue reading “Studying in China? Law, culture, language classes are now compulsory”

Facing facts at the Shangri-La Dialogue

30 May 2017 / by Hugh White, ANU / EAF

Each year, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore provides a platform for Washington to affirm the United States’ strategic commitment to Asia, strengthen US regional leadership and push back against China’s encroachments. And it gives US friends and allies in Asia an opportunity to line up in support. Continue reading “Facing facts at the Shangri-La Dialogue”

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 China going nowhere on hukou reform

19 May 2017 /  Bingqin Li / East Asia Forum

China’s hukou (household registration) system is often criticised for hindering the free movement of labour and creating inequality. In recent years the hukou system has undergone considerable reform. But is this enough to turn around the trends in China’s regional inequality? Continue reading “China going nowhere on hukou reform”

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or Serendipity?

Close to marking its first year in office, the Duterte administration has turned around the country’s relations with China in a number of ways. Departing from the previous government’s strong opposition to China’s expansive claims and assertive actions in the South China Sea, Duterte has downplayed the territorial and maritime disputes in favor of pursuing close economic and political ties with China. Continue reading “Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or Serendipity?”

Philippines-China Relations, 2001–2008: Dovetailing National Interests
by Charles Joseph De Guzman / Download the full paper here

This study shows that the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) between China and the Philippines is an attempt of both countries to advance their respective national interests. Arguing that the foreign policies of China and the Philippines dovetailed during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the study situates the JMSU as (1) part of China’s overall foreign policy in Southeast Asia and (2) as an attempt to maintain good relations with the Philippines and help resolve tensions related to the South ChinaSea disputes between the Philippines and China. The paper also shows that (3) the JMSU, along with Chinese ODA, dovetailed with the Philippine government’s plan to promote economic development and facilitate energy security. Citing significant documents compiled by government agencies, newspaper and online articles, government officials’ speeches, and academic journals, the study shows how the Chinese official development assistance (ODA) coincided and ran parallel to the signing of the Joint Maritime Seismic Undertaking. In conclusion, the study suggests a direct, causal link, not just conjunction, among Chinese ODA, the advancement of Beijing’s security interests, and the signing of the JMSU.

How Philippine entrepreneurs can profit from the trillion-dollar ‘Belt & Road’

 (The Philippine Star) |

San Miguel beer and Oishi snacks in Belarus? BDO and Metrobank in Bangladesh or Ukraine? PLDT and Emperador in Algeria or Sudan? PAL and Cebu Pacific flying to Sri Lanka’s $13 billion Colombo Port City (now being built by China) or to Eastern Europe? Continue reading “How Philippine entrepreneurs can profit from the trillion-dollar ‘Belt & Road’”