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Publication type: Early release

Title: Dragon versus Elephant: a comparative study of Chinese and Indian aid in the Pacific

Author(s): Zhang, Denghua and Shivakumar, Hemant

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The growing scale of development assistance programs of China and India has attracted increased global attention. Research on their aid to the Pacific Island Countries, however, is largely missing. Whether their aid programs in the Pacific region are similar or significantly different—in terms of aim and scope—deserves investigation. Also, current literature on Chinese and Indian trilateral cooperation—a relatively new aid modality—is almost non-existent.

Date of publication: 2017

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Title: Building cooperation for managing the South China Sea without strategic trust

Author(s): Bateman, Sam

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The ruling from the arbitral tribunal dealing with the case between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea provides opportunities for fresh approaches to building cooperation for managing the sea and activities within it. This cooperation is both a necessity and an obligation of the countries bordering the sea.

Date of publication: 2017

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Title: Power politics and securitisation: the emerging Indo–Japanese nexus in Southeast Asia

Author(s): Chand, Bibek and Garcia, Zenel

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China’s ascent has led to its securitisation by its neighbouring states, particularly given its precarious maritime claims in the highly strategic Indo-Pacific basin. Such a development in the region has allowed India and Japan to forge closer strategic partnerships in Southeast Asia. This article utilizes securitisation theory to analyse the emerging Indo–Japanese nexus, wherein Japan’s increasing desecuritisation and India’s non-securitisation in Southeast Asia have allowed the region to emerge as a common strategic vantage point for Indo–Japanese interests to convene.

Date of publication: 2017

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Title: The future of Hong Kong governance: the pro-independence legislators' election fallout and Beijing's political voice in Hong Kong

Author(s): Lim, Tai Wei

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This article examines the activities, street-level and Legco tactics as well as the political orientation of the pro-autonomy advocates, localists and pro-independence groups in Hong Kong, contextualized within the September 2016 Legislative Council Election, ‘Fishball Revolution’ and Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law that all took place within 2016. The ‘localists’, an amorphous group that ranges from greater Hong Kong autonomy seekers to outright independence sympathizers, were a major supporter of the street vendors at the site of the ‘Fishball Revolution’.

Date of publication: 2017

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Title: International law in a post-post-Cold War world—can it survive?

Author(s): Pert, Alison

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Recent world developments pose a direct challenge to the authority and effectiveness of international law. The actions of Russia in Ukraine, and China in the South China Sea, represent a particular threat. These actions are in clear violation of international law, involving the threat or use of armed force and the seizure of territory, and Russia and China are permanent members of the UN Security Council – the body charged by the international community with maintaining international peace and security.

Date of publication: 2017

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Title: Silk roads of the twenty-first century: the cultural dimension

Author(s): Dellios, Rosita

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Much has been written about China’s grand project of the twenty-first century, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road—or the Belt and Road Initiative. It is set to lift living standards through the provision of infrastructure and better connectivity where these are lacking. While economic resources are enumerated, and the maps of roads and corridors have been drafted, the cultural dimension is understudied. Beijing has not helped in this regard.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: Export performance and potential with regional partners: The case of a landlocked LDC, Nepal

Author(s): Ramesh Chandra Paudel,Swarnim Wagle

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This paper assesses export performance and potentials for increased bilateral trade with regional partners of Nepal, a least-developed country (LDC) in South Asia. Following an overview of the country’s export performance, and the distinct policy and logistical challenges it faces as a landlocked country, an econometric analysis of the determinants of bilateral exports is undertaken using the gravity modelling framework.

Date of publication: 2017

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Publication type: Working paper

Title: Has improved daycare accessibility increased Japan’s maternal employment rate? Municipal evidence from 2000-2010

Author(s): Shuhei Nishitateno,Masato Shikata

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Over the past decades, female labor force participation in Japan has continued to

Date of publication: 2017

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