Red Star Over Asia: Taking Stock of Xiaomi’s Meteoric Ascent

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #339

By Grégoire-François Legault – gregoire.legault [at]

Legault_Gregoire_photoIncreasingly, tech products will be “designed in China” as opposed to “made in China.” Xiaomi 小米, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, represents a new era of innovation in China that will increasingly enable indigenous tech companies to compete head-to-head against… Continue reading

A New Look at Chinese Liberalism among Elite Students

Memo #330

By Fen Lin – fenlin [at]

Lin_Chinese College Students_photoPeking University, the traditional locus of Chinese liberalism, seems to be yielding this role to China’s economics and financial universities. A 2012 survey, conducted among six elite universities in Beijing and Shanghai, revealed that only 14% of Peking University students described themselves as liberal reformists, the lowest percentage among the… Continue reading

The Future of the Renminbi and Next Steps for Canada

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #328

By Grégoire-François Legault – gregoire.legault [at]

Legault_Gregoire_photoThough internationalization of the renminbi (RMB, the “redback”) is far from complete, it is well under way. In 2014, China signed eight new agreements to establish RMB hubs around the globe, and the redback was used to settle almost 25% of payments… Continue reading

Mongolia – From Sino-Russian Buffer to Conversion Zone

Memo #318

By Mendee Jargalsaikhan – mendee [at]

J_MendeeLast autumn, Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin made separate visits to Mongolia, met for a tri-lateral (Russia-China-Mongolia) summit in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe during the leadership summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and dispatched their vice-foreign ministers for a working-level meeting in preparation for next year’s summit in Ufa, Russia… Continue reading

‘One Drug with Multiple Names': Broad Powers and Product Differentiation in the Chinese Pharmaceutical Industry

Memo #315

By Yifan Wang – yfwang [at]

Wang_photoDrug regulations in China stipulate that chemical and generic names of drugs are determined by the Chinese Pharmacopeia (Ch.P) and the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), while brand names are chosen by pharmaceutical companies, as long as they are recorded with the SFDA. Some Chinese pharmaceutical companies take advantage… Continue reading

Canada – China FIPA: Just the Facts, Please

Memo #313

By Matthew Levine – matthew.a.j.levine [at]

Levine_photoCanada’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China (China FIPA), which entered into force October 1, 2014, is a laudable step towards norms-based economic relations in the Asia-Pacific. My two goals here are to briefly introduce key developments in the China FIPA and to put in context the surprisingly… Continue reading

After the Massacre of 2011: Challenges to Peace and Security along the Mekong River

Memo #312

By Kai Chen – chenkai [at]

Kai CHENIn the so-called “Mekong River massacre” of October 2011, 13 Chinese merchant sailors working on the Mekong were seized and murdered by members of the Hawngleuk Militia led by its Burmese leader Naw Kham. Later captured in Laos and extradited to China, Naw Kham was found guilty of the… Continue reading

The Lost Generation: “Barefoot Doctors” in Post-Reform China

Memo #309

By Jiong Tu – jt457 [at]

Jiong Tu_photoChina’s barefoot doctor system is known for having provided inexpensive and accessible medical care to its large rural population in the 1970s. But the system became bankrupt with the advent of market reforms in the 1980s and many barefoot doctors either became private doctors or gave up medical practice… Continue reading

Big Noise, Big Settlement: the Logic of Claims-making in China

Memo #308

By Sophia Woodman – Sophia.Woodman [at]


The twenty-fifth anniversary of China’s nationwide democracy movement and its suppression in June 1989 was marked in the mainland by an imposed silence. Revisiting the “verdict” that the demonstrations were a “counterrevolutionary rebellion” does not appear to be on the horizon.

But this does not mean… Continue reading

Are Chinese Citizens becoming more Assertive? Perspectives from the (Limited) Data

Memo #307

By Sophia Woodman – Sophia.Woodman [at]

Woodman_photoThe last decade has seen an explosion of academic and media reporting about protests in China. Chinese citizens’ access to social media makes it harder for the authorities to suppress information about unrest. Even when mainstream media reporting is censored, often the news of an event has already made… Continue reading