The Third Plenum: Prospects for Reform in China
Christian Murck (former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China) evaluates the significance of these reforms, explains the motivations behind them, and discusses what next steps the leadership is likely to take in implementing them.
The Japan-China Feud in the East China Sea
Ken Jimbo (Keio University) assesses the prospects for a Japan-China dialogue to manage tensions in the East China Sea. He emphasizes the need for crisis management and the importance of setting realistic negotiating goals, which would allow both countries to work toward a mutually acceptable status quo.
Introduction: Asia's Uncertain LNG Future
Mikkal E. Herberg
In this introduction to the report "Asia's Uncertain LNG Future," Mikkal E. Herberg argues that The biggest uncertainties will revolve around six key questions: the outlook for Japan’s LNG demand as it grapples with its nuclear demons; China’s gas choices, which will drive its LNG needs; key supply uncertainties surrounding the rising cost of Australia’s LNG projects; U.S. and Canadian policies on LNG exports; Russia’s energy politics surrounding its large Far East gas supplies; and crucially, the evolution of LNG pricing in Asia.
China’s Growth Slowdown and Its Implications
NBR Analysis Brief
Dwight H. Perkins examines the economic environment facing China’s leaders as they prepare for the upcoming Third Plenum, which is expected to authorize significant economic reforms. He argues that the slowdown results from a confluence of factors and is likely to be the new, persistent reality for China and its economic partners.
Disruptive Forces in the Global Life Sciences Sector
Benjamin Shobert (NBR Senior Associate) explains the life sciences' relationship with economic development and addresses the political and economic implications of evolving global leadership in this sector. Mr. Shobert shares his perspective on China's and India's roles and offers recommendations for U.S. and international policy toward Asia.
The Xi-Obama Moment: A Post-Summit Assessment
Wang Dong (Peking University) describes the new types of engagement that Presidents Obama and Xi proposed during the summit. Dr. Wang argues that much like the Mao-Nixon meeting in 1972, the Obama-Xi summit created a moment that will set the tone for the future of the U.S.-China relationship.
New Commitment to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea?
In September, ASEAN and China commenced formal consultations to establish a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. In this commentary, Carlyle A. Thayer reviews recent developments and assesses the prospects for this complex set of consultations.
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No Escape: Managing the Enduring Reality of Nuclear Weapons
Edited Volumes and Chapters
This chapter examines the logic of nuclear weapons abolitionism, surveys the contemporary nuclear developments in Asia that are described in this volume, and highlights implications for the U.S. and its ambitions regarding comprehensive nuclear disarmament.