Asian Century


  • The first major joint study of the economic relationship between Australia and China was launched in Beijing on Saturday, 27 June.

  • Asian countries need to begin preparing for the challenges of the future.

  • The East Asian Bureau of Economic Research hosted a public forum on the Chinese leadership to launch the latest edition of the East Asia Forum Quarterly: Leading China Where on November 7, 2013.

  • The issues raised by Australia's Asian Century White Paper were up for discussion by top US thinkers on Asia recently.

    There is much more to the success of the Asian century than China, but many of the challenges for the United States are questions about China.

  • On the 17th-18th of April, expert thinkers from across the region gathered at the Crawford School of Public Policy to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Asian Century.


Name Author Date published Organisation
The Australia–China Commission: a Preliminary Proposal Peter Drysdale, ANU, and Zhang Xiaoqiang, CCIEE 16/08/2016 Crawford School of Public Policy
Economic Growth in China and Its Potential Impact on Australia-China Bilateral Trade Yu Sheng 23/06/2016 Crawford School of Public Policy
A Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Model for India Shesadri Banerjee and Parantap Basu 06/07/2015 National Council for Applied Economic Research
Assessing the competitiveness of the supply side response to China’s iron ore demand shock Luke Hurst 19/05/2015 EABER
Prosperity, sustainability and the measurement of wealth Kevin Mumford 29/04/2015
Productivity lessons for the Asian region Jungsoo Park, Lawrence Lau 29/04/2015
Australia in the Asian Century Ken Henry 29/04/2015 Crawford School of Public Policy
The future of Australia's productivity: Some insights from productivity analysis Jenny Gordon 29/04/2015
Economic growth, wellbeing and sustainability: measuring Australia's progress Gemma van Halderen, Joanne Baker 29/04/2015
Changing Population In Japan and A Life-Long Active Society To Cope With It Atsushi Seike 29/04/2015

EAF articles

  • How does Asia perceive China’s new approach to international relations?

    Date: 2nd December 2014

    Authors: Niv Horesh, University of Nottingham, and Emilian Kavalski, ACU

    One day in June 2013, President Xi Jinping and his wife and First Lady Peng Liyuan touched down in Trinidad and Tobago. As the pair embarked the aircraft and strode down the gangway, there was something unmistakably ostentatious — a swagger even — in Peng’s turquoise attire and Xi’s matching tie. It marked a shift in China’s approach to international relations.

  • Rise of the rest demands a new style of US leadership

    Date: 5th November 2014

    Author: Brad Glosserman, Pacific Forum CSIS

    Foreign policy is a search for and an attempt to impose order on an unruly world. That task has become more difficult in recent years, with an ever-lengthening list of threats, challenges and destabilising factors. The rise of Asia in the global system also requires a paradigm shift in thinking about global governance.

    Three characteristics define the current world.

  • The ‘Indo-Pacific’: absent policy behind meaningless words

    Date: 19th September 2014

    Author: Trevor Wilson, ANU

  • Cacophonous beginnings to a new Asian epoch

    Date: 25th August 2014

    Author: Jean-Pierre Lehmann, IMD

  • Europe’s broken weapons of mass seduction

    Date: 17th June 2014

    Author: Jean-Pierre Lehmann, IMD

    For Asia, the decline of Europe is not necessarily bad news. Though the market will be less buoyant, it will remain large — given the amount of wealth accumulated over centuries. The lack of competitiveness and increasing number of failing European companies will also provide more opportunities for acquisitions by Asian investors.

  • US puts the Asian ‘pivot’ into pictures

    Date: 11th April 2014

    Author: Peter Dean, ANU

    The ‘rebalance’ to the Asia Pacific is alive and well according to the recently released US Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). If a picture tells a thousand words then the United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) latest strategic policy document has some interesting things to say. Eight of the 22 photos in the document focus on the region, and this outstrips the US homeland — the focus of overall US strategy.

  • The politics of self-interest bind India and China together

    Date: 15th January 2014

    Authors: Melissa Conley Tyler and Aakriti Bachhawat, AIIA

    One of the characteristics of today’s Asia is its asymmetric rivalries, including Japan’s rivalry with China, China’s with the United States, Pakistan’s with India and India’s with China.

  • Keeping Asia peaceful and prosperous

    Date: 4th September 2013

    Author: Hugh White, ANU

    Thanks again to Robert and James for raising such key issues in their riposte to my second post in this exchange. I think there are five questions here.

  • Can Indonesia play a leadership role in the Asian century?

    Date: 3rd September 2013

    Author: Maria Monica Wihardja, University of Indonesia

    Indonesia has become an unlikely star of the international economy, with its resilient growth in the midst of the US sub-prime mortgage and European sovereign and banking crises. But political, social and environmental conditions at home are not commensurate with the quality of Indonesia’s relatively outstanding growth.

  • New dynamism in cultural, intellectual influences in the Asian century

    Date: 3rd July 2013

    Author: Jiemian Yang, SIIS

    The Asian century, or Pacific century, has become a catchphrase that emphasises economic dynamism and shifts in political power.