nep-cna New Economics Papers
on China
Issue of 2007‒03‒31
three papers chosen by
Zheng Fang
Ohio State University

  1. How Should We Measure Poverty in a Changing World? Methodological Issues and Chinese Case Study By Lars Osberg; Kuan Xu
  2. How Would China's Exports be Affected by a Unilateral Appreciation of the RMB and a Joint Appreciation of Countries Supplying Intermediate Imports? By Mizanur RAHMAN; Willem THORBECKE
  3. The EU’s Foreign Policy after the Fifth Enlargement: Any Change in Its Taiwan Policy? By Günter Schucher

  1. By: Lars Osberg; Kuan Xu (Department of Economics, Dalhousie University)
    Keywords: development; poverty, measurement, China, growth
    Date: 2007–02–23
  2. By: Mizanur RAHMAN; Willem THORBECKE
    Abstract: In 2005 55% of China's exports were "processed exports" produced using intermediate goods that came from other countries. The lion's share of the volume of imports for processing and of the value-added of processed exports came from other East Asian countries. We investigate how a unilateral appreciation of the RMB and a joint appreciation of countries supplying intermediate inputs would affect China's exports. To do this we estimate a panel data model including ordinary and processed exports from China to 33 countries. Results obtained using generalized method of moments techniques indicate that a joint appreciation would significantly reduce China's processed exports while a unilateral appreciation would not.
    Date: 2007–03
  3. By: Günter Schucher (GIGA Institute of Asian Studies)
    Abstract: On 1 May 2004, the world witnessed the largest expansion in the history of the European Union (EU). This process has lent new weight to the idea of an expanded EU involvement in East Asia. This paper will examine the question of whether there has been a change in the EU’s foreign policy with respect to its Taiwan policy after the fifth enlargement. It analyses the EU’s policy statements on Asia and China to find evidence. The political behaviour of the EU has not changed, although there has been a slight modification in rhetoric. The EU – notwithstanding its claim to be a global actor – currently continues to keep itself out of one of the biggest conflicts in East Asia. The new members’ interests in the East Asia region are too weak to alter the EU’s agenda, and their economic priorities are rather linked to the programmes of the EU than vice versa.
    Keywords: EU, enlargement, Central and Eastern European countries, foreign policy, China, Taiwan
    JEL: F13 F51 F59

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