Trust

Patients lie on beds in the emergency department of a hospital, amid the Covid-19 outbreak in Shanghai, China, 4 January 2023. (Reuters)

Are the Chinese facing a crisis of confidence in the government?

As the Chinese authorities ease Covid-19 controls and infections increase, hearsays about symptoms, treatments and folk remedies are widespread. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing looks at why people fall for these baseless rumours and remain wary of the government’s responses.
US President Joe Biden (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, 14 November 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

Grey skies: Outlook for US-China relations in 2023

While smiles at the recent Xi-Biden in-person meeting in Bali might have painted a rosy picture of US-China relations, the reality is that domestic politics, especially in the US, may stir and stoke tensions in bilateral relations in the new year.
A pandemic prevention worker in a protective suit approaches an apartment in a building that went into lockdown as Covid-19 outbreaks continue in Beijing, China, 2 December 2022. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The taste of freedom: How I feel emerging from lockdown in Beijing

Through the eyes of her cat Pudding, Beijinger Lorna Wei gives a snapshot of her daily life when her residential building went under lockdown last week.
A member of the security staff keeps watch in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 16 October 2022, ahead of the opening session of the 20th Party Congress. (Noel Celis/AFP)

Beijing faces a huge deficit of trust after 20th Party Congress

As members of the 20th Politburo and its Standing Committee take the helm and usher in a new era of “China-style modernisation”, the market and public are showing clear signs of anxiety and dissatisfaction. Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that the new leadership will have their work cut out for them to deliver the Chinese story well to its people and the outside world.
A man walks along an observation area with a view of the Shenzhen skyline during sunset in Shenzhen, in China’s southern Guangdong province on 10 July 2022. (Jade Gao/AFP)

What can an increasingly isolated China do?

China’s general isolation is impacting its economy and international image, with most other countries having unfavourable views of and little trust in China and its leadership. Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang looks at the factors leading to the current situation and how China can address it.
The Texas state flag is flown at half-mast, in honor of the victims of the Uvalde school shooting, outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York, US, on 31 May 2022. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

Competition between democracy and autocracy a political fallacy

The US has defined major global events such as the war in Ukraine and its competition with China under the ideological framework of a fight between democracy and autocracy. But is the 21st century world just black and white? Lim Jim Koon, former editor-in-chief of Chinese Media Group, SPH Media, suggests that before we criticise others and demand them to change, maybe we should start by examining ourselves.
People wearing face masks walk at Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan, on 19 January 2022. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP)

What explains Southeast Asia’s trust in Japan?

Japan has consistently come up tops in a local research institute’s survey question on trust among ASEAN’s major dialogue partners. This is despite the history of Japan’s relations with countries in the region. But will the status quo remain unchanged? As Japan and ASEAN gear up to mark 50 years of friendship and cooperation next year, how will Japan work to maintain a strong relationship with the region amid growing US-China tensions?
Rescuers work next to a building damaged by air strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, 14 March 2022. (Vitalii Hnidyi/Reuters)

Will the Ukraine crisis help to improve US-China relations?

Some analyses say that US-China relations may actually improve given the need for the US and the West to seek help from China in dealing with Russia. However, other indications are that recent events are engendering greater mistrust between the two countries, especially now that Congress has approved an omnibus bill that includes banning the use of maps that inaccurately depict Taiwan.
People walk through the snow in Manhattan on 7 January 2022 in New York City, US. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)

US academic: Polarisation causing Americans to lose faith in the US system

Americans are losing confidence in their own country while the Chinese are gaining confidence in China. This change is profoundly significant, says US academic Han Dongping. The crux of America’s decline is the deep polarisation in a country which is no longer the land of opportunity and optimism for many who live in the cycle of poverty and crime. Is it a surprise that many college students are supporting socialism and looking for new models that might work?