Lim Zhan Ting

Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao

Zhan Ting has been Zaobao’s China correspondent since April 2017. After spending nearly two years in Chongqing, China’s bustling western megalopolis, he is now based in Beijing, where he navigates the constant whirlwind of political developments, while also keeping a keen eye on the lives and aspirations of people in the frenetic capital.

TikTok, a viral app insanely popular among teenagers, has recently come under fire in the US. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Will TikTok become the next Huawei?

Amidst a China-US tech war, TikTok may soon lose its foothold in the American market, thanks to expressed national security concerns.
Police are seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain on October 23, 2019. (REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

CNN’s provocation and China’s irritation

The case of the Essex truck deaths remain inconclusive as investigations are still ongoing. Why then, did CNN jump the gun and conveniently assume the bodies were of Chinese nationality, and from there go on to associate the whole incident with the PRC’s celebration of its 70th anniversary? Correspondent Lim Zhan Ting opines that if the truth is not accurately portrayed, or if there is a loss of neutrality, the basis of any sharp questions will be shaken, and such efforts will ultimately prove to be futile.
China's Post-90s are caught in a whirlpool of uncertainties and are dissatisfied with their lives. (iStock)

China’s future through the lens of the Post-90s

All eyes are on China’s youths born in the affluent 1990s, are they satisfied with their lives? Are they confident in their country?
Middle-class wannabes in the same boat: it may look like a luxurious yacht to outsiders, but it’s hardly stable. Financial instability threatens to rock the boat and those in it are using it as a guise to hide their insecurities. (Graphic: Jace Yip)

The emergence of the Chinese “middle-class wannabes” and their race towards a higher social status

China’s “middle-class wannabes” live on the margins of a lower-middle class income, leading seemingly glamorous lives, but what goes on behind the scenes is a life laden with tough challenges and insecurities.