Politics

The people of Macau felt a strong sense of belonging to China and welcomed the handover. The photo shows a celebration parade of floats and dancers weaving through the streets of Macau in celebration of the return of Macau to China in 1999. (SPH)

It works for Macau, why not Hong Kong?

The Macau SAR is in a celebratory mood, busy preparing for the 20th anniversary of its return to China. On the other side of the estuary, the Hong Kong SAR has been in turmoil for the past four months with no hint of a reprieve. China’s two SARs are facing circumstances that are poles apart. Why?
The Chinese officials' experiences help shape the Chinese public’s perception of Singapore. The photo shows a mini Merlion overlooking residential blocks in Suzhou. (SPH)

China’s misperceptions of Singapore

Chen Nahui of the China University of Political Science and Law opines that China's misperceptions of Singapore range from those which are "not too far off" from reality or similar ones, to those that differ in characteristic elements, those that differ because of time-lag, and those that have sprouted from one's imagination. These explained for China's “unrealistic expectations” of Singapore.
China is too big to be average. (AFP)

China cannot be large and average: Strategic positioning of the PRC

Being a country of 1.4 billion people and forming a sizeable part of Asia all on its own, China is inherently positioned to play a significant role in the world. As it finds its place on the world stage, it has to consider other countries - its immediate neighbours, as well as the US. Pang Ruizhi makes one point clear: China is too large to be average.
The US does not hesitate to identify China as “the opposition” or “the enemy”, especially when it believes that China’s development and institutional model pose a challenge to the US. (SPH)

China-US conflict: Avoiding the unavoidable tragedy

What is the possibility of the trade war escalating into a hot war? Leading political scientist and advisor Prof Zheng Yongnian looks into the reasons why humans wage various types of wars, and how the current China-US trade war might develop.
This is even more true for professionally-trained police officers. If they are unable to control their emotions, they should not work on the front line. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Pessimism, optimism and a family feud

With the Hong Kong protests intensifying by the day, what's your attitude towards it? Hong Kong correspondent Norman Yik's godson offers a different viewpoint as a Hong Kong youth. Norman shares his thoughts, and his godson's enlightening remark in this article.
I understand my mother far more than she understands me, despite the fact that we were never able to communicate properly, but what has scarred me for life is her conditioned reflex to the White Terror. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Never another White Terror: Thoughts of a Hong Kong son

In this personal and reflective piece by political commentator Simon Shen, he articulates his relationship with his mother, the current situation in Hong Kong, and his family. What is his biggest wish for his daughters?
Taiwan has held its national elections once every four years since 1996, and its voter turnout rate has been decreasing in each election since 2000. (Sam Yeh / AFP)

Who will win the Taiwan presidential election?

With the 2020 Taiwan elections approaching in January, one-third of voters are still undecided. Who will be the next President? What do the opinion polls say? Taipei correspondent Ng Soon Kiat opines that Tsai Ing-wen’s edge over Han Kuo-yu may not be as stable as it seems.
“I do not advocate independence for Hong Kong.” (Kyle Lam / Bloomberg)

Joshua Wong: I do not advocate independence

In this exclusive interview with Lianhe Zaobao, Joshua Wong Chi-fung boldly shares his views on Hong Kong's current political situation and his plans on running for local office. He rebukes that if China had made good on its promise of holding democratic elections in Hong Kong, “(We) wouldn’t be protesting on the streets now”.
How would the way towards the end be paved? (Mohd Rasfan / AFP)

So begins the ENDgame

Hong Kong is in turmoil. What would the trajectory towards the final scenario be like? Can the whole affair come to a good end? Influential Hong Kong political commentator Leung Man-tao believes that possibility has evaporated completely.