Asia-Pacific

The ‘Stans’ at 20 (WP)

Martha Brill Olcott. WP 21/2011 - 28/12/2011.

In late December the five Central Asian countries enter their third decade of independence, effectively achieved when Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the USSR and turned the Kremlin over to Boris Yeltsin as President of the Russian Federation.


Is the Eurozone crisis changing EU-China relations? (ARI)

Alicia Sorroza. ARI 154/2011 - 22/11/2011.

The economic and financial crisis affecting Europe seems to be changing the map of the interests involved in the EU-China relationship.


US-Pakistan Relations in the Summer of 2011 (ARI)

Dennis Kux. ARI 121/2011 - 20/7/2011.

This ARI discusses the current crisis in US-Pakistan relations and analyses the interaction between Washington and Islamabad since the events of 9/11.


Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy in Japan: The Need for a Robust Social Contract (ARI)

Haruko Satoh. ARI 113-2011 - 29/6/2011.

The Fukushima accident in March 2011 calls for the reassessment of the nuclear regime in Japan, especially as regards to public safety.


The Internationalisation of the Renminbi: Prospects and Risks (ARI)

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. ARI 73/2011 - 18/4/2011.

By looking at how far China has gone in internationalising its currency, the Renminbi (RMB), it is possible to identify the main strategic goals that China wants to achieve through this process, along with the main risks that such an objective embodies.


Prospects for Burma After Aung San Suu Kyi’s Release (ARI)

Michael W. Charney. ARI 32/2011 - 11/2/2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s release will have important implications for the country in 2011 and 2012.


China-Spain-Latin America Triangulation in a Chinese Perspective (ARI)

Jiang Shixue. ARI 4/2011 - 14/1/2011. Go to Spanish version

This paper looks at the prospects for triangulation between China, Spain and Latin America in the wake of the Sinopec-Repsol deal in Brazil.


The Policy Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa of Large-Scale Chinese FDI (ARI)

Raphael Kaplinsky and Mike Morris. ARI 169/2010 - 30/11/2010.

The existence of large state-owned Chinese firms and private investors engaged in investing primarily, but not exclusively, in resource and infrastructure sectors in SSA (Sub-Saharan Africa) is a major preoccupation in economic and political circles. In order to understand it, Chinese investment has to be differentiated into four different types, and its distinctive characteristic unpacked –ie, the bundling together of aid, trade and FDI (foreign direct investment)–. This has major policy implications for how SSA should relate to Chinese investors in order to maximise available opportunities.


Is China doing enough to protect the environment? (ARI)

Pablo Bustelo. ARI 141/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 11/11/2010. Go to Spanish version

Following the recent worsening of problems linked to pollution, it is worth looking at the measures implemented so far by the Chinese government in order to safeguard the environment.


China in Ghana: Easing the Shift from Aid Dependency to Oil Economy? (ARI)

Giles Mohan. ARI 149/2010 - 15/10/2010.

The author examines recent changes in the Ghanaian aid and investment landscape as China has stepped up its relations with this donor ‘darling’. Recent oil discoveries further transform the financing scenarios and more established donors are concerned about the riskiness of this. These tensions reveal wider differences in approaches to development and the desires of many African governments which could herald big changes in the ethos and practice of development.