The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies 2019-10-11T07:58:50+00:00 Anders Weis Christiansen Open Journal Systems <p>The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies (CJAS) is a refereed academic journal. It focuses on the economic, political, managerial and socio-cultural transformations of contemporary Asia.</p> Towards a Global Partnership Network: Implications, Evolution and Prospects of China's Partnership Diplomacy 2019-10-11T07:58:50+00:00 SHENGSONG YUE In the past 25 years, partnership diplomacy has gradually become an indispensable component in China's grand diplomacy strategy. Between 1993 and the end of 2017, China established more than 100 partnerships with the outside world. To better understand the evolution of China's strategy for diplomacy we need to know how these partnerships are formed and what motivates China to foster its partnership network. Although the importance of this strategy has been identified, the current literature does not yet include significant study of China's partnership network. This article attempts to fill this gap by assessing existing literature on partnership and government documents, interpreting the diversified labels and grades of partnerships, and analysing the network's evolution. It also attempts to estimate possible challenges facing China in the future expansion of its global partnership network. It argues that, although China intends to further extend its global influence and explore potential benefits through its partnerships, because of the challenges ahead its partnership network is still an aspiration rather than a realistic blueprint. 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Do Money, Power, Family and Connections Really Matter in Politics? Analysing Factors of Success in the 2010, 2013 and 2016 Philippine Senatorial Elections 2019-10-11T07:58:24+00:00 JOSEPH ANTHONY L. REYES BRANDO GABRIEL C. ARCE NICOLLE BIEN N. MADRID Myriad debates in electoral politics have drawn attention to the importance of and risks to genuine democracy brought about by factors such as campaign spending, incumbency, political party affiliation and political dynasties. However, only a few studies utilize integrative and multivariate approaches to understanding the contribution of these factors, and this is even rarer for studies on the Philippines of recent times, despite its being among the first and most vibrant democracies in Asia. Examining the relationships to senatorial candidates' total number of votes for the 2010, 2013 and 2016 elections findings reveal overall that total campaign expenditure has a very significant relationship with the number of votes, this being consistent for all of the elections covered by the study. Thus money matters a lot – even when compared with the traditionally highly regarded factors such as incumbency, political dynasty and membership to political parties. This article discusses the results in relation to the socio-political context of the Philippines and provides additional insights and implications of the findings. 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Institutions as Constraints and Enablers: Changes in Human Resource Management Practices of Foreign Companies during Economic Reform in China 2019-10-11T07:57:59+00:00 WEI LU This article demonstrates how the development of labour market institutions alongside economic reform has impacted the human resource management (HRM) practices of foreign companies in China. A historical approach is applied to examine the transformation of China from a centrally planned labour administration system to a market-based labour institution. The HRM practices of foreign companies are seen being embedded in China's macro-institutional environment, which constrains and/or enables foreign companies to exercise people management. Drawing on previous research, the study shows that HRM practices in the early reform period were primarily constrained both by formal and by informal institutions. The evidence from Finnish companies operating in China shows that HRM practices in the late reform period are largely enabled by formal institutions; however, foreign companies face the need for adaptation to the demands of informal institutions. Furthermore, the scarcity of human resources and rapid yet heterogeneous socio-economic development pose additional challenges for people management in China today. 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016: A Paradigm Shift within Insolvency Laws in India 2019-10-11T07:57:34+00:00 ANKEETA GUPTA delivery and availability in India in light of the changes brought about by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The introduction of the Code is purported to resolve the issues within the credit ecosystem by identifying correctly all the stakeholders, most importantly the creditors and the debtors, resolving and settling non-performing assets, creating a robust mechanism for settling credit-related disputes, reducing creditor distrust and ensuring continuance of functioning of companies rather than being wound up for non-payment of debts.<br />While the Code promises to be a game changer, there exist various challenges that need to be addressed as the success of the Code is dependent on the manner in which its provisions are implemented, especially those pertaining to the strict timelines with parties seeking excessive discretionary indulgence from the adjudicatory authorities. Further, the challenges include impact of differential treatment meted out to the creditors, the committee of creditors being ordained with considerable powers over the fate of the corporate debtor, and the insolvency professionals being allowed to run the entities without much accountability and capability has resulted in an increased number of disputes. The legal, logical and procedural hurdles thus mentioned will need to be addressed in the most amicable manner within the foreseeable future. 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Kerry Brown, CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. 2019-10-11T07:57:09+00:00 EKTA SINGH 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Damien Kingsbury, Politics in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Authority, Democracy and Political Change. 2019-10-11T07:56:44+00:00 ALEXANDRE CÉSAR CUNHA LEITE 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Tasneem Khalil, Jallad: Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia. 2019-10-11T07:56:19+00:00 SUBIR RANA 2019-02-15T11:06:43+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies