Politics

A Taiwanese flag is seen as people attend a rally to mark Taiwan's Double Ten Day. (Philip Fong/AFP)

How long more can Tsai Ing-wen avoid the cross-strait issue?

As the Taiwan election approaches, incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen has managed to improve her standing with voters, amid a challenge from Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu. However, one of the issues that Ms Tsai has to address is cross-strait ties with mainland China. How will Ms Tsai show goodwill towards the mainland, while keeping the people of Taiwan happy?
Japan-China relations may face headwinds. (iStock)

Tough times for “improving” Japan-China relations

Despite synergies between Japan and China in the economic and technological spheres, Professor Shin Kawashima, University of Tokyo, argues that the hard line China maintains on security and historical issues will keep ties from warming.
Wearing their hearts on their sleeves ( Philip Fong / AFP)

Six reasons for Hong Kongers to persevere: Let's do the LONGgame

Rather than an endgame, Simon Shen sees the current protests as part of a long game. Factors such as the milieu of the internet age and a growing Hong Kong identity will keep the die of Hong Kong’s future from being cast just yet.
A participant holds a rainbow flag on a balcony during the LGBT Pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan October 26, 2019. (REUTERS/Eason Lam)

Gay rights, Taiwan independence and anti-nuclear issues in the Presidential election

The conflation of gay rights, Taiwan’s independence and anti-nuclear issues can be a recipe for deepening fissures in society. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Ng Soon Kiat opines that progressive values that are linked together by an election can be held hostage by politicians and political ideologies, and lose their rationality and true meanings.
Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing speaking at the Singapore-China Forum held in Shanghai on 6 November 2019. (SPH)

Connecting the world: Role of China and Singapore

Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing spoke on the digital economy, China's connectivity, and the role of China and Singapore in this moment in history, at the Singapore-China Forum which was held in Shanghai on 6 November 2019. The forum was organised by Lianhe Zaobao and The Paper, a Shanghai media. The forum is one of the events held during the China International Import Expo (CIIE). ThinkChina presents Mr Chan's speech.
Decoupling is not an option; competition and cooperation will continue to mark this critical relationship. (iStock)

China and USA: Friends or foes

Roughly 17,000 people travel between China and the US daily, with a flight taking off or landing every 17 minutes. Political scientist Zhu Zhiqun opines that while relationship between the two giants will continue to experience its ups and downs, the two countries are joined at the hip. He looks into history for a better understanding of the China-US relationship.
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.
Emperor Naruhito (left) and Empress Masako (right) attend the enthronement ceremony where the emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on October 22, 2019. (Kazuhiro Nogi/POOL/AFP)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: US, China and Japan

October 22 marked the enthronement ceremony of Japan's new Emperor, Emperor Naruhito. China sent a full state-level representative, Vice President Wang Qishan, while the US sent a ministerial level dignitary, ethnic Chinese minister Elaine Chao to attend the ceremony. This unusual arrangement did not escape the scrutiny of analysts. Beijing researcher Zhang Jingwei cites the Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and opines that global dynamics is undoubtedly shifting.
George Yeo speaking at the 4th edition of Sohar International's Viewpoints forum. (Sohar International/Twitter)

Rise of China and the future of small nations

Who is benefiting from the China-US conflict? How should small nations like Singapore find their place in a world in flux? What is the Chinese way of statecraft? And the real reason for American's concern with Huawei and the 5G technology. Singapore's former Foreign Minister George Yeo shared his insights at the "Chairman's Forum" which was organised by the Sohar International in Oman on 8 October. This is an extract of his speech.