Yu Zeyuan

Beijing correspondent and senior researcher, Lianhe Zaobao

Yu Zeyuan (real name Yu Haisheng) started in 1993 as a journalist and editor with Xinhua's foreign news desk, then joined the University of Hawaii as a visiting academic from 1996 to 1997. Since 2000, he has been Lianhe Zaobao's Beijing correspondent and senior researcher.

US President Donald Trump applauds as Liu He, China's vice premier, speaks during a signing ceremony for the US-China phase-one trade agreement in Washington on 15 January 2020. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)

Phase one trade deal a humiliation to China?

Yu Zeyuan says it would be quite wrong to think that China stands on the losing end of the recently concluded phase one Economic and Trade Agreement between the US and China. The picture may be quite the opposite.
Luo Huining, newly appointed director of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, speaks to media to mark his first day at office in Hong Kong on 6 January 2020. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Beijing’s new man in Hong Kong Luo Huining: Is he the one?

Putting a political veteran in charge of the central government’s representative office in Hong Kong heralds a new approach in China’s dealings with Hong Kong.
Medical corruption in the form of hongbaos from patients is common in China. (iStock)

Medical corruption: A tough ailment to treat

Despite China’s anti-corruption efforts, one grey area that has been very difficult to clean up is the common practice of patients giving doctors hongbaos (monetary gifts in red packets), to ensure better care and treatment. Yu Zeyuan comments on the phenomenon.
Huawei's image is badly damaged after the wrongful detention of its ex-employee, Li Hongyuan. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Public anger over Huawei subsiding

Public anger over the wrongful 251-days detention of Huawei ex-employee Li Hongyuan may be subsiding, but Huawei’s damaged reputation may not be easily salvaged in the short term. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan observes that public opinion is a double-edged sword. Companies have to be extremely sensitive when it comes to managing their public relations.
China's academic field is rocked by academic fraud. (iStock)

China's fight against academic fraud

In the unfolding academic fraud furore in China, Rao Yi, former dean of Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and president of Capital Medical University, fires a salvo of new accusations against three contemporaries.
Officials open a ballot box at a polling station in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. (Athit Perawongmetha/REUTERS)

Mainland Chinese media fails to influence Hong Kong voters

Riding on a record voter turnout of 71%, the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong has won 17 out of 18 district councils. This is despite mainland China media calling on Hong Kong people to use their votes in the district council elections on 24 November, to end the violence and restore order in Hong Kong. Yu Zeyuan examines the Mainland China media's tactics and what an opposition victory would mean for the future of Hong Kong, on the election day.
Sign of the Causeway Bay Books: State media in China believes that Gui Minhai’s books spread rumours that are harmful to society. (iStock)

Detained Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai hits the headlines again

Labelled a “criminal and lie-fabricator” by Chinese officials, detained Causeway Bay bookseller Gui Minhai was awarded Svenska PEN’s Tucholsky Prize last week. The prize presentation renews controversy over freedom and democracy in China and casts a pall on China-Sweden relations.
The gulf between Lin and Ferguson’s views is actually a reflection of China and the US' opposing values and development model. (iStock)

Justin Yifu Lin and Niall Ferguson’s 200,000 RMB bet

With 200,000 RMB (approximately S$40,000) at stake, two academics wager on the prospect of China’s economy surpassing the US’ in 20 years.
China celebrates its 70th anniversary. (iStock)

Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping – Five generations of CPC leaders

On the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, we present a series of interviews with five ordinary people of China as they reveal their extraordinary lives. As an opener, we begin by taking a look at developments in China under its five leaders.