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March 2013

China's Healthcare Reforms: Addressing Discontent while Creating a Consumer Economy

Benjamin Shobert

Health Q&A

A 2009 announcement by China’s central government of a sizeable investment in the country’s healthcare system was followed by commitments outlined in the twelfth five-year plan to boost the number of general practitioners and hospitals. More recently, an announced change to the country’s FDI catalog aims to further encourage foreign investment in China’s healthcare sector. In light of these developments, NBR asked Benjamin Shobert to provide background and perspective on what these new opportunities mean for foreign investors.

September 2012

Introduction: Oil and Gas for Asia

Mikkal E. Herberg


Asia has become “ground zero” for growth in global energy and commodity markets. The region’s rapid economic growth is driving an enormous rise in the consumption of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel booming motorization and industrial growth. This energy boom has been centered in China, but energy demand is rising dramatically across developing Asia and is being shaped by shifting economic, environmental, and geopolitical factors.

January 2012

Determining India’s Economic Trajectory: The Role of Foreign Direct Investment

Pravakar Sahoo

Policy Q&A

In an interview with NBR, India-based economist Pravakar Sahoo (Institute of Economic Growth) discussed the outlook of India’s economy and the role that foreign investment might play in stimulating growth. Dr. Sahoo argues that the country will not realize the full potential of outside investment unless the government confronts political opposition to key policies, such as allowing FDI for multi-brand retailers like Walmart and Target, and undertakes crucial reforms to sustain investor confidence.

September 2011

Robert Zoellick on "The Big Questions China Still Has to Answer"


World Bank President and former long-time NBR director, Bob Zoellick, just spent some time in China on the Bank’s new initiative there. The ambitious project is described in his Financial Times op-ed "The big questions China still has to answer."

January 2011

The Asian Monetary Fund Reborn? Implications of Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization

William W. Grimes


This article analyzes the current implications and likely future course of Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM), which some observers have argued is a major step toward the creation of an Asian monetary fund (AMF) that would be fully autonomous from the IMF.

November 2010

Outlook on the U.S.- China Economic Relationship

Event Multimedia & Summary

Access audio from the event "Outlook on the U.S.-China Economic Relationship" on November 10, 2010. Speakers include Thomas G. Rawski, Minxin Pei, and David Loevinger.

January 2010

China, the Financial Crisis, and Sino-American Relations

Pieter Bottelier

Policy Q&A

Asia Policy editor, Andrew Marble, interviews Pieter Bottelier, senior adjunct professor of China Studies at Johns Hopkins University, on the impacts of the financial crisis on China and the implications for China’s foreign policy and global status.

January 2010

Anders Åslund & Andrew Kuchins' The Russia Balance Sheet

Andrew C. Kuchins, Donald N. Jensen, Stephen J. Blank, Peter Rutland, Jeffrey Mankoff, Steven Rosefielde, Anders Åslund and Steven E. Halliwell

Book Review Roundtable

In this book review roundtable, experts discuss Anders Åslund and Andrew Kuchins’ recent book The Russia Balance Sheet.

September 2009

Strategic Asia by the Numbers 2009-10

Strategic Asia by the Numbers

This appendix contain tables and figures drawn from NBR’s Strategic Asia database and its sources This section consists of fourteen tables covering politics and international relations, economies, trade and investment, energy, security challenges, and weapons of mass destruction. The data sets presented here summarize the critical trends in the region and changes underway in the balance of power in Asia.

September 2009

Strategic Asia 2009–10 Book Launch Event

Event Multimedia & Summary

NBR unveiled the research findings from Strategic Asia 2009-2010: Economic Meltdown and Geopolitical Stability at a book launch event held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., on September 23, 2009. Volume co-editor and contributing author Ashley J. Tellis and fellow contributing authors discussed the aftermath of the economic crisis and the implications for U.S. power in Asia and for the strategies of China, India, Japan, and Russia.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier and Jun Su
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao and Alex Zixiang Tan
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Regional Economic Implications of DPRK Security Behavior: The “Bold Switchover” Conference
Conference Report
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Vietnamese Translations

Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
Peter Hughes, Scott Hare, and Maite Pina
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
Nguyen Anh Tuan
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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