Politics

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?
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.