Andrew Huang

Andrew Huang

Lecturer, Guangzhou University Law School

Andrew Huang is the founder of the transnational law programme at Guangzhou University Law School. He is an expert in the comparative study of law, society and policies. He has received doctorate degrees from Yale Law School and The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and master's degrees from Peking University, HKU and Yale. He has also done research with Academia Sinica in Taipei and Stanford University in the US. He writes about democratisation, public decision-making, environmental governance and anti-corruption.

An AI (artificial intelligence) sign is seen at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, on 6 July 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China's ambiguous attitude towards generative AI

China put forth a draft Degree Law recently that includes harsh consequences for degree holders who use artificial intelligence tools to ghostwrite their dissertations. These aggressive measures reflect a conundrum that the country’s academia and wider community finds themselves in: how can China balance between the desire for technological progress and the fear of losing its identity and autonomy?
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on 18 March 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev/SPUTNIK/AFP)

Why do Chinese people sympathise with Russia?

While most of the world have condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and see it as unjust and even foolish, the Chinese people have shown their support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chinese academic Andrew Huang notes that this is most likely driven by their perception that the US and the West are arrogant and have always made things difficult for China in various settings. This has led to the Chinese being willing to cheer for anyone that can stand up to the US.