Politics

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?
Professor Wang Gungwu: China’s reforms - whose way is the best?

Highlights from the keynote speech: Prof Wang Gungwu

(Highlights video) Professor Wang Gungwu speaking at ThinkChina’s launch on 24 September 2019.
Protesters in Hong Kong hold up their hands to symbolise their five demands. (AFP)

Housing measures the top priority in resolving HK’s woes

With the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, what can its government do to soothe the anger?
Most of its citizens think that today’s China is a prosperous, harmonious, confident, stable, and responsible power. (iStock)

China’s soft power conundrum: The big divide

While the majority of Mainland Chinese believe that China is a prosperous, harmonious, confident, stable, and responsible power, many outsiders do not. What has China done to boost its soft power and international image? Have these efforts been effective?
Will the world be able to understand China better? (iStock)

How not to get lambasted on the world stage: Some advice for China

China has made efforts to be accepted on the international stage. These efforts are not always well-received.
The right-left confrontation in China is growing more polarised. (Image: Jace Yip)

Is China’s public discourse becoming polarised?

The current political spectrum in China, explained in one diagram - scroll down for more.
While Taipan mooncakes (left) have been removed from e-commerce sites and physical stores in mainland China, Maxim’s mooncakes (right) have become especially popular following comments by group chief Annie Wu against the actions of Hong Kong protesters. (Facebook)

Are mooncakes innocent of politics? Apparently not in Hong Kong and mainland China

The recent protests in Hong Kong have gained its share of supporters and detractors, and sentiments have spilled over to impact businesses, for better or worse.
The US began to show excessive confidence; that their country should be second to none turned into the new political correctness for Americans after the Cold War. (iStock)

Part I: The exceptionality of US geopolitics and the current predicament of China-US relations

Pang Ruizhi, a young Chinese PhD candidate pursuing further studies at Boston University, shares his views on how China can conduct itself on the world stage as a rising power in a two-part article. He suggests that China should be humble, but should also strike hard when its opponent initiates a fight.
However, in view of mutual interest in the domain of trade and economy, as well as the PRC’s national power, the US is unlikely to attempt military confrontation. (iStock)

Part II: The exceptionality of US geopolitics and the current predicament of China-US relations

Pang Ruizhi, a young Chinese PhD candidate pursuing further studies at Boston University, shares his views on how China can conduct itself on the world stage as a rising power in a two-part article. He suggests that China should be humble, but should also strike hard when its opponent initiates a fight.