Politics

TikTok app logo is seen in this illustration taken on 22 August 2022. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

Will TikTok survive the latest attack from the US?

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that the US’s latest moves against TikTok are getting a response from TikTok as well as its users. Will TikTok survive the latest onslaught and will the Chinese government back the company?
People ride rickshaws, locally known as "cyclo", along a street near the the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 16 February 2024. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

BRI's Funan Techo Canal could steer Cambodia away from Vietnam and towards China

Cambodia’s push to build Techo Canal, a waterway linking the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to its coastal province Kep, means cargo ships may bypass the Vietnamese port of Cai Mep. Cambodian commentator Sokvy Rim weighs up the impacts of such a prospect.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Qiang arrive for the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 5 March 2024. (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

China’s political black box has become even more opaque

Commentator Chen Kuohsiang says that China’s politics have become even more opaque and rigid since the announcement that the premier’s press conference will no longer be held at the end of the National People’s Congress. With no room left to express personal will or position, the Chinese premier has been reduced to the general secretary’s political implementer.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Oblast of the Far East Region, Russia, on 13 September 2023. (KCNA via Reuters)

China staying on the sidelines of growing Russia–North Korea ties

Cambodian research fellow Bunly Ek observes that China continues to play a wait-and-see approach on forming a trio with Russia and North Korea. China is well aware that it can achieve its objectives by staying close with each of the countries bilaterally, and a high-profile trio would only put itself in the firing range of the West and its other neighbours.
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida presents Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Manet with a Cambodian commemorative silver coin made at the Japanese Mint to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan, at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on 18 December 2023. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Reuters)

Cambodia and Japan: Firm friends amid great power rivalry

Cambodia and Japan have elevated their bilateral ties and both sides have room to delve deeper into strategic matters such as maritime security, a priority both countries have emphasised. But this is not without challenges, given different positions in the ensuing China-US rivalry.
People walk past pro-independence flags in Taipei, Taiwan, on 3 February 2024. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

Must one hate mainland China to love Taiwan?

Commentator Qi Dongtao gives his take on so-called radical Taiwan independence in Taiwan and popular support for armed reunification in mainland China, and how such forms of "patriotic nationalism" are making it difficult for both sides of the Taiwan Strait to come to an understanding.
How should we approach youths who participate in seminars discussing wars, oppression and fake news? (SPH Media)

Should our youths be concerned with 'other people’s politics'?

While there are fears that the support of political causes of other countries could lead to societal tensions and public disorder, Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Peter Ong says that we should not be too critical of youths that participate in seminars discussing wars and oppression, want to learn from one another, speak up on the internet and even parade on the streets. While their fight may be futile and their means not necessarily reasonable, it is oftentimes their sense of justice, sincerity and the fearless display of their youthfulness that should be valued.
A Chinese paramilitary police officer stands guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 3 March 2024, ahead of the country's annual legislative meetings known as the "Two Sessions". (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

What to watch for at China's Two Sessions this year

China’s annual Two Sessions or Lianghui kicks off on 4 March. With issues from GDP growth to unemployment to leadership changes, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan takes us through the likely highlights of this year’s edition.
Liu Jianchao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Chinese Communist Party, holds a meeting with president of Komeito Natsuo Yamaguchi in Beijing, China, on 22 November 2023. Liu is said to be a top pick for the post of China's next foreign minister. (Yomiuri via Reuters)

Liu Jianchao: New foreign minister, same foreign policy?

Liu Jianchao could become China’s next foreign minister. While he could improve China’s outreach efforts, he is unlikely to bring about any significant change in China’s foreign policy.