Zheng Yongnian

Political Scientist

Professor Zheng Yongnian is the former Director of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore and an expert in China's transformation and its external relations. He is co-editor of Series on Contemporary China (World Scientific Publishing) and editor of China Policy Series (Routledge). He is also editor of China: An International Journal. His papers have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and China Quarterly. In addition, he is also a long-time columnist for Xinbao (Hong Kong) and Zaobao (Singapore), writing numerous commentaries on China's domestic and international affairs.




Many economies fall into the middle-income trap. (iStock)

How can China escape the middle-income trap?

History tells us that avoiding the middle-income trap is not easy. According to Zheng Yongnian, since World War II, very few middle-income economies have successfully become high-income economies. Most economies stagnate, unable to compete with low-income countries in labour costs or with rich countries in cutting-edge technological research and development. How can China save itself from the middle-income trap?
The US does not hesitate to identify China as “the opposition” or “the enemy”, especially when it believes that China’s development and institutional model pose a challenge to the US. (SPH)

China-US conflict: Avoiding the unavoidable tragedy

What is the possibility of the trade war escalating into a hot war? Leading political scientist and advisor Prof Zheng Yongnian looks into the reasons why humans wage various types of wars, and how the current China-US trade war might develop.
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?
Now, it’s China’s turn to counterattack, this time against America’s economic assault. (iStock)

Trade war: China must take the bull by its horns

Now, it’s China’s turn to counterattack against America’s economic assault. Clearly, the US wants to delay or contain China’s development. The future state of affairs largely depends on China’s response. How can China respond, and how will the US react?
Of the four confidences, cultural confidence is no doubt the most essential quality, for without which, the rest can neither stand nor work. (iStock)

China needs a ground breaking “New Culture Movement”

Does modernisation equate to abandoning tradition? Will copying-and-pasting Western models work? What can China learn from its 5000 years of civilisation?
China’s rapid rise and sustainable growth have generated enough force to give rise to new national institutions. (iStock)

Dawn of a new history: The search and re-creation of China's political and economic systems

China has established its own economic, social, and political systems. It is writing a new history and setting itself apart from the West.