Yu Shiyu

Political commentator

Yu Shiyu is an expert on international issues. He is a political commentator for Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao and a columnist for Malaysia's Sin Chew Jit Poh, as well as a writer for several newspapers and magazines in China. He holds a doctorate from the University of Columbia, and currently works with a government research organisation in Canada, while carrying out research on Asian history and culture. He was previously awarded the Barwis Holliday Award by the Royal Asiatic Society. His academic works in the US and UK have been translated into Chinese and Japanese and released in Taiwan and Japan.

As the world’s second largest economy, China should have gained enough confidence to not be affected by terms like "sick man of Asia". In this photo taken on 25 February 2020, a woman wearing a protective face mask walks on an overpass in Shanghai. (Noel Celis/AFP)

From ‘sick man’ to ‘sleeping lion’: Have the Chinese overreacted?

Yu Shiyu observes that China could be reading too much into terms such as “sick man” and should by now, have the self-confidence to let such comments roll off their backs.