East Asia Forum

East Asia Forum

Rural underemployment threatens China’s growth

Children walk along a road to their school after having their lunch at home in Min County, Gansu Province, China, 1 June 2011 (Photo: Reuters/Stringer).

Authors: Scott Rozelle, Stanford University and Dorien Emmers, KU Leuven According to World Bank data, only a handful of economies have risen from middle- to high-income status since 1960, when economic catch-up growth in many developing economies took off. Examples…

From China’s climate commitments to action

A Chinese worker installs solar panels at a photovoltaic power station in Lianyungang city, Jiangsu Province, China, 15 May 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Oriental Image).

Author: ZhongXiang Zhang, Tianjin University As the world’s largest carbon emitter, China has a crucial role in the reduction of global carbon emissions through its own commitment and its collective international engagement. Fortunately, in the past decade, China has shifted…

China is ageing gracefully, for now

Tang Huajun, Ang Ran and her parents sit near their 2-year-old son Tang Ziang at their home in Beijing, China, 8 November 2022 (Photo: Reuters/Tingshu Wang).

Author: Editorial Board, ANU China has a new Premier. Former Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang has taken the number two spot in China from Li Keqiang, who retired after two terms even as his boss, President Xi Jinping, is delaying…

Vietnam hedges its bets on the BRI

Students walk along a road building site in Hanoi, Vietnam, 17 May 2011 (Photo: Reuters/Nguyen Huy Kham).

Authors: Viet Dung Trinh, University of Queensland and Huy Hai Do, Hanoi University The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is considered an ambitious long-term strategy to promote the expansion of Chinese influence…