East Asia Forum

East Asia Forum

‘Make in India’ a work in progress

Dressmaker making a garment in his workshop, Amritsar, India, 18 March 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Christopher Bellette)

Author: Aasheerwad Dwivedi, Delhi University Historical experience presents ‘structural transformation’ as a necessary condition for achieving high economic growth in any country. The typical transformation path involves people moving from agriculture towards industries and then services, from low to high…

Why China cares about the label of democracy

Pro Chinese democracy activists holds banners during a China Democracy Party demonstration at Times Square, New York City, United States, 13 March 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Ron Adar)

Author: Xunchao Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison If you access any Chinese state media or pro-state social media published in late 2021, you will be bombarded with attacks on US President Joe Biden’s ‘Summit for Democracy’ and relentless insistence that China…

Huge uncertainties still surround US trade policy

Container ships wait off the coast of the congested Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Long Beach, California, 1 October 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Alan Devall).

Author: Editorial Board, ANU Donald Trump’s presidency signalled a decisive US retreat from free and open trade and leadership of the multilateral trading system that had fostered unprecedented trade and economic growth for over 70 years. Trump built his political…