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Dirk van der Kley

Dirk van der Kley is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Australian National University. He previously worked as a Reserach Associate in the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute.  Prior to joining the Institute, Dirk worked in China as a translator and in business development.

Articles by Dirk van der Kley (53)

  • SCO summit marks steady rise of India in China's worldview

    This year's Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Heads of State Council Meeting, being held in Russia on 10 July, promises to be the most productive in years. Pakistan and India will likely be confirmed as full members (although ascension may not occur until 2016), a move Moscow has long advocated and Beijing has long opposed. In return, Moscow dropped its opposition to the Chinese-proposed SCO Development Bank.
  • China links: Drones, Afghanistan, GDP benchmarks, South Africa and more

    Arthur Kroeber writes that Xi Jinping has made some progress on economic reforms and that the Party regime is still 'strong, increasingly self-confident, and without organized opposition.' Like many countries, China is grappling with how to ensure privately owned drones don't interfere with commercial airspace. How Walmart made its crumbling China business look so good for so long. Linda Jakobson argues in a new Lowy Institute report that China's approach to maritime security will be unpredictab
  • China links: FDI, climate change, internet czar, economic governance and more

    The New York Times profiles China's 'loud, direct and gregarious' internet czar Lu Wei, who has been a driving force behind stricter internet controls.  South Africa's African National Congress to build a new political leadership school, which is inspired and funded by the Communist Party of China. Hugh Jorgensen and Daniela Strube argue in a Lowy Institute Analysis that China will seek a greater role in global economic governance processes, but will pursue a combination of approaches involving
  • China links: Salt, renewable energy, APEC, ADIZ, Xi's musical ode, law and more

    China to scrap its 2700 year-old state monopoly on the sale of salt. Jin Zhirui of China's Air Force Headquarters explains China’s recent island construction in the South China Sea: 'There is a need for a base to support our radar system and intelligence-gathering activities'.  Meanwhile, Bonnie Glaser says the island construction is in preparation for an ADIZ in the South China Sea. To meet its new commitment to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and turn to renewable sources for 20% of its energy, B
  • China links: APEC, positive energy, one-child policy, pollution, CBMs, Africa and more

    Bonnie Glaser writes that the two US-China military CBMs, inked recently in Beijing, signal Xi Jinping's intent to establish a more cooperative relationship with the US military.  China's newly built bridge to North Korea remains unused because DPRK authorities refuse to connect it to the North Korean road network. Latest Sinica podcast on the outcomes of Beijing's APEC summit, featuring Evan Feigenbaum and Damien Ma. Here at the Interpreter, Sam has gathered together analysis on the new US-Chin
  • China links: Putin's moves, deflation, gender inequality, gas shortages, ethnic unity and more

    Putin hits on China's first lady, censors go wild. Deflation may now be a risk for China's economy, argues The Economist. Chinese women are fighting to end workplace discrimination but the market economy has actually led to greater gender inequality. Unlike his immediate predecessors' narrow focus on economic development for improving ethnic relations, Xi Jinping is harking back to Maoist and Republican times in emphasizing the 'spiritual,' 'political,' and 'cultural' basis of interethnic harmon
  • China links: Ebola, Macau, APEC, shipping pollution, China's rise and more

    Over at ChinaFile, there is a discussion involving Hugh White and Wu Jianmian, among others, on what Xi and Obama should say to each other at the upcoming APEC meeting in Beijing. Macau's October gaming revenues are set for record drop, in part due to the corruption crackdown. CNOOC's chief energy researcher cautions against becoming too reliant on Russian hydrocarbons. Cheng Li of Brookings writes that although the recent plenum failed to deliver philosophical and ideological change in the Part