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July 2017

Regional Perspectives on America’s Evolving Asia Policy

Xie Tao, Jessica Keough, Kang Choi, Dmitri Trenin, Joseph Chinyong Liow, Rajesh Rajagopalan, Ming Lee, Noboru Yamaguchi, Michael Wesley and Moeed Yusuf


This Asia Policy roundtable offers perspectives on U.S.-Asia relations from leading scholars and policy practitioners in select Asia-Pacific states.

June 2017

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at 20: Celebrating Decline?


On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Friedrich Wu (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) assesses the city’s economic and political outlook after two decades under Chinese rule.

January 2015

Divisions between China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan


Political divisions in and among China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will continue to simmer throughout 2015. Developments in 2015 will determine the course of Hong Kong and Taiwan’s elections in 2016 and 2017, which could alter economic and governance relations with Beijing.

September 2011

Strategic Asia by the Numbers 2011-12

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This appendix consists of fourteen tables covering politics, economies, trade and investment, energy and the environment, security challenges, and nuclear arms and proliferation. The data sets presented here summarize the critical trends in the region and changes underway in the balance of power in Asia.

September 2006

When the Flu Comes: Political and Economic Risks of Pandemic Disease in Asia

Ann Marie Kimball

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the potential impacts of an avian flu pandemic in the Asia-Pacific, in particular the effects on regional economic integration, effectiveness of regional responses, and implications for the United States.

September 2003

Introduction (Strategic Asia 2003-04)

Aaron L. Friedberg and Richard J. Ellings

Edited Volumes and Chapters

Asia is in better shape than during the Cold War, but it remains fragile and prone to crisis—and this condition will hold for the foreseeable future. Security risks in Asia stem from unprecedented, rapid change in the balance of power, legacies of past wars, rising nationalism, strategic competition, radical Islamist terrorism, the nature of the North Korean regime, uncertainty about China’s future, and other causes. Providing some stability to the region is the domestic focus of the major powers on economic reform and development, and their increasing embrace of globalization.

July 1997

The Economic Integration of Hong Kong and Mainland China

Yasheng Huang


This essay first examines political status in Hong Kong and explains why the U.S. emphasis on politics is misguided. This is followed by a discussion of laissez-faire in Hong Kong and the increasing Chinese economic presence in the territory. Then the reasons that Chinese business activities may erode Hong Kong’s laissez-faire economy are evaluated. The essay concludes by offering some policy implications.

July 1997

China, Hong Kong, and Human Rights

Merle Goldman


Once China regains sovereignty, the subversion of Hong Kong’s institutions and practices is likely to accelerate.

June 1997

China’s Domestic Politics and Hong Kong

Joseph Fewsmith


There is much controversy over the future of Hong Kong following its July 1, 1997, return to Chinese sovereignty. Much of this debate revolves around images, generally not well-grounded, of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.). Nevertheless, if there is a nugget of truth in these images, it is that the future of Hong Kong is dependent on China, in particular on its future stability and continued reform. Hong Kong simply cannot be isolated from either the economic development of China or its political and social situation.


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
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
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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
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
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