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?
A march in Causeway Bay, in solidarity with the student protester who got shot by police with live ammunition in Hong Kong, China. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

Hong Kong will not be sacrificed: The problematic "Independence" label (Part I)

After over 100 days of protests in Hong Kong, the phrase "Hong Kong independence" has been raised, not just in Hong Kong itself, but also in Taiwan. But what does that concept really entail, and is it truly feasible? Hong Kong political commentator Leung Man-tao casts doubts on the sincerity of some Taiwanese supporters of the Hong Kong movement.
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.
The mainstay of protests in Hong Kong has been the younger generation that grew up after the 1997 handover. Now, they are also the mainstay of the pro-independence movement there. (REUTERS)

Who rules Hong Kong

China is not governing Hong Kong. The ‘one country, two systems’ principle forbids it. Foreign powers are not ruling Hong Kong. They can only influence. Hong Kong people are not administering Hong Kong. This remains an ideal. HKSAR is not presiding over Hong Kong. This is due to institutional design flaws. So, who rules Hong Kong?