Wang Jiangyu

Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

Wang Jiangyu is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) at the City University of Hong Kong School of Law. Prior to joining CityU, he held a tenured appointment at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore for more than a decade, where he served as the Director of the Asian Law Institute (ASLI) in 2019-2020 and was the founding Deputy Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) of NUS Law from 2012 to 2016. He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (CJCL) published by Oxford University Press and was a Joint Editor-in-Chief for the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (AsJCL), published by Cambridge University Press, from 2012 to 2016. His teaching and research interests include international law and international relations, international economic law, comparative law, company law, securities regulation, and law and development in China. He is qualified to practice law in China and New York and worked in the Legal Department of Bank of China and Chinese and American law firms. He served as a member of the Chinese delegation at the annual conference of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Conference in 1999. He is also a member on the Governing Council of the WTO Institute of the China Law Society and that of the Chinese Society of International Economic Law. He has been an invited expert/speaker for the WTO, International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Professor Wang has authored and edited several books and published extensively in English and Chinese academic journals on a variety of law and politics related topics, and is a regular contributor to leading newspapers and magazines in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.

US President Joe Biden gestures towards members of the media as he arrives at the White House following a stay in Delaware, in Washington, US, 10 August 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

The flaws in Biden’s China policy

The Biden administration does not seem to have changed course from the US’s former hardline approach towards China. In fact, it is resolute in adopting a competitive stance. Even so, its tactics may not be enough to keep China from moving ahead.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returns to a court hearing following a lunch break in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 16 August 2021. (Jennifer Gauthier/Reuters)

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou: Politics rather than law may decide her fate

Wang Jiangyu says Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has reason not to be optimistic about her court case regarding extradition to the US on charges of alleged bank fraud. While the Canadian court has raised some contradictions in the arguments of the US side, political factors may come into play.
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to appear in Supreme Court for a hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 26 October 2020. (Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg)

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou: Can Canada rectify a bad start?

The arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December 2018 brought China-Canada relations to an all-time low. But the recent round of hearings in which the Canadian judge agreed to admit new evidence may turn things around. Hong Kong academic Wang Jiangyu says that China might now be getting their hopes up that Canada will not simply do the bidding of the US.