US-China Policy Research
ESI and ANBOUND formed a strategic partnership in 2019, and are committed to providing research and consulting services to clients, expanding their horizons through in-depth international collaboration, and jointly proposing public policy recommendations and solutions for promoting high-quality economic development. ANBOUND is a multinational independent think tank based in China and Malaysia, which specializes in public policy research covering geopolitics and international relations, urban and social development, industrial issues, and macro-economy.
Our International Expertise
ESI’s team of experts consists of Dr. Richard Voith, Founding Principal, Sidney Wong, Senior Advisor, Joyce Liu, Senior Analyst. Our team has outstanding skills and extensive knowledge to examine a wide range of foreign-related issues in the fields of city planning, real estate, higher education, innovation, transportation planning, and more.
Dick Voith and Jing Liu from ESI and ANBOUND teamed up with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, SWA Group, and Arup and to participate in and won the 3rd place at the Architectural Design Competition of The Future Science and Technology City of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone organized by The Reform and Planning Administration Bureau of Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and Chengdu Hi-tech Investment Group Co., Ltd in 2020 and 2021. The competition received more than 100 participants from all over the world. PCPA&ESI team was shortlisted with four other world renowned design firms - MAD, MVRDV, gmp and OMA in the final design phase, and won the third place in the final round of competition.
ESI’s role in the team included developing innovation ecosystem concept, economic development strategies, and smart city strategies which further guided the land use plan and the detailed urban design of the entire area. ESI laid out the design concept that open, welcoming, and sustainable environments within smart, interconnected, mixed use urban forms are the future of successful innovation ecosystems. ESI and ANBOUND also conducted a thorough fiscal impact analysis and economic impact analysis for the project after the design was completed.
|ESI partnered with ANBOUND to conduct study on the future development trend of Chinese cities for Glodon in China.
ESI and ANBOUND reviewed the literatures on the current status of Chinese urban development and classified the Chinese cities into three development models based on their phases of urbanization: spatial expansion, spatial steady-state, and spatial reduction. ESI also identified several key issues that Chinese cities are currently facing, and further proposed future development goals. ESI leveraged the past experiences from ESI ThoughtLab studies of the Smarter Cities 2025 and the Hyperconnected Cities.
The Latest News From ANBOUND
On November 15, China’s National Bureau of Statistics released the latest economic data for October. From the data, the economic performance in the first month of the fourth quarter can essentially reflect the overall economic situation for the entire quarter, indicating that the general framework of the country's economy in 2023 has been largely determined. In terms of industry, the value-added of industries above the designated size increased by 4.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) in October, accelerating by 0.1 percentage points compared to the previous month.
As the global trade barometer, international shipping giant Maersk's sudden announcement of major layoffs on November 3 has garnered market attention. Maersk stated that it anticipates the full-year operating profit to be at the lower end of the range. Due to the adverse effects of declining freight rates and sluggish demand, the company is laying off 10,000 employees to reduce costs. It has already completed the layoff of 6,000 employees, and the remaining 2,500 employees will be laid off in the coming months. The plan to terminate the remaining 1,000 employees is scheduled for 2024.
In recent years of international geopolitical tensions, Hong Kong has experienced unique challenges due to its distinctive position and circumstances. In the intense competition between the United States and China, Hong Kong has been paying a high price as a result. After several years of ups and downs, the fate of Hong Kong has undergone a significant shift. The island's communication and connection with international markets have decreased compared to the past. The degree of market freedom in Hong Kong is also declining, where there is reduced international capital inflow with increased outflow.
ANBOUND Government Database
ANBOUND Government Database (access from www.anbound.org) is a textual database that uses text analytics and machine learning techniques to collect and keep track of China’s public policy issues over time through all kinds of sources including traditional media, social media, books, and conferences since 27 years ago. ESI works collaboratively with ANBOUND on promoting ANBOUND Government database in the US. For free trial subscription and more information, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].
Open Source, Textual Data, Interdisciplinary Policy Informatics, and Advisory Communications -- ANBOUND Policy Analysis Database makes cognition into practices and identifies public policy concerns and complex challenges, which further are leveraged to address issues, and develop governance solutions.
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