A new book provides broad trend analyses of the major Asian sub-regions, as well as an array of transnational topical studies. It also evaluates current threats to regional peace and stability, considering how the strategic environment in Asia could change.
A major two-day conference in September explored a wide range of questions related to China's foreign relations and political and economic development.
Recognizing the growing public demand for democratization, the communist leadership of Beijing is prepared to enter a dialogue with Hong Kong democrats. Some in the U.S. Congress want to show solidarity with Hong Kong democrats and toughness toward Beijing by removing beneficial economic treatment that Hong Kong receives. This would be a mistake; better options exist.
In most emerging-market economies in East Asia, domestic economic, political, and social pressures push governments in the direction of a relatively inflexible exchange rate and freer capital inflows. This is a bad combination. Exchange rate stability and predictability would be a boon to commerce and finance. But achieving it is easier said than done.
Business leaders, government officials and military planners fret over China's potential to wreak havoc in the world. These anxieties are based on China's growing power; but the real threats it poses will spring from its weaknesses, not its strengths.
Dr. Victor Yuan, Founder and CEO of Horizon Research, assessed the opinions of ordinary Chinese. His opinion survey results range from popular awareness of AIDS to assessment of the performance of mayors in major cities.