Politics

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.
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?