The past week has seen very significant local elections take place in Taiwan, with the Kuomintang (KMT), which literally means the Chinese nationalist party, suffering heavy defeats. The main opposition party, the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), are widely seen as the big winners of these elections.
What these elections mean for China and international relations has been examined in multiple smart articles, which are linked below. Other articles linked this week include a further look at the China-Australia FTA, an examination of whether Australia has a China policy, a debunking of how large a role China’s SOEs allegedly play in the economy, an excellent interview on ethnic policies in China and two articles questioning whether China’s growing dominance in Asia both economically and geopolitically is assured.
- http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/12/1/china/taiwanese-elections-are-wake-call-china – A good summary by Peter Cai on the significance of Taiwan’s recent local elections, and what the results mean for the PRC
- https://theconversation.com/voters-assert-themselves-as-taiwanese-in-a-warning-to-kmt-34812 – A very smart piece by Bruce Jacobs that provides excellent background details about cross-strait relations
- http://www.economist.com/news/china/21635625-ambitious-trade-deal-australia-has-chinese-businessmen-aflutter-are-you-being-served – The Economist with a good crystal clear summary of trade and investment implications of the China-Australia FTA
- http://insidestory.org.au/australias-vanishing-china-policy – Prof. Kerry Brown, Director of the China Research Centre at the University of Sydney, on Australia’s China policy, or lack thereof
- http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/12/4/china/debunking-four-myths-about-chinese-economy – Nicholas R. Lardy, author of the widely praised new book Markets over Mao, debunking the notion that SOEs dominate the present, and will dominate the future, of the Chinese economy
- http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/q-and-a-james-leibold-on-ethnic-policies-in-china/?smid=tw-share&_r=1 – Excellent Q&A with Dr James Leibold on China’s ethnic policies with regards to regions like Tibet and Xinjiang
- http://www.newsweek.com/2014/12/05/china-after-gold-rush-286757.html – A Newsweek feature, being the latest voice to question the staying power of China’s economic growth
- http://www.kokodafoundation.org/Resources/Documents/SC10-3DibbLee.pdf – An article by Paul Dibb and John Lee with a title that says it all: ‘Why China Will Not Become the Dominant Power in Asia’