Kong Tuan Yuen

Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Kong Tuan Yuen is a research fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in industrial economics from the National Central University, Taiwan. Tuan Yuen had taken part in many economic research projects on Taiwan at the Research Centre for Taiwan Economic Development. His current research interests include China’s industrial development and China-ASEAN economic relations. Some of his works had been published in China: An International Journal, Review of Global Politics, Applied Econometrics and International Development and Journal of Overseas Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies. His co-edited books include Studying Hong Kong: 20 Years of Political, Economic and Social Developments (2018) and China and Asia Economic Integration (2020). He is also a frequent contributor to Singapore’s local media.

US President Joe Biden arrives to speak about American manufacturing and the American workforce after touring the Mack Trucks Lehigh Valley Operations Manufacturing Facility in Macungie, Pennsylvania, US, on 28 July 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

Could China-US trade relations be thawing?

High-level trade and foreign policy officials from the US and China have articulated their views recently on implementing the phase one trade deal and hopes for cooperation amid a state of strategic competition. Will more of such sessions help to chip away at the great wall of mistrust that has been built between the US and China?
A general view of Benzilanzhen, Yunnan province, China, 22 July 2021. (CNS)

Overcoming uneven growth in China's poorer western provinces: Potential and challenges

High-speed rail and other infrastructure development have been proceeding apace under China’s Western Region Development Strategy. However, in trying to catch up with the eastern region, the gap between provinces in the western region may have inadvertently been widened. Without an effective division of labour, wasted resources and unnecessary competition are likely.
A man waters a tree planted on the edge of the Gobi desert on the outskirts of Wuwei, Gansu province, China, 15 April 2021. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Can China revive its poorer western provinces?

China has sought to rectify the imbalance in east-west regional development by improving connectivity and accelerating infrastructure-building in the western provinces through the Western Region Land-Sea Corridor and BRI projects. How successful they will be depends largely on continued capital injections, the region’s greater opening up and good cooperation with China’s neighbouring countries.