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For China, Brexit may be a blessing in disguise

The British referendum on quitting the European Union, which is causing tremors across Europe, is being used by China to strengthen its argument against democracy. On Friday, the state-owned Global Ti ...More

EJ Insight2016-06-27

Lam Wing-kee is a Hong Kong hero

Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Lam Wing-kee. Remember that name. That is a name that should go down in history – Hong Kong’s history and China’s history as well. For Lam Wing-kee, a 61-year-old bookselle ...More

EJ Insight2016-06-21

Beijing dilemma: Whose flag is it anyway?

The Chinese Communist Party finds itself in a dilemma: should it rejoice over the decline this year in the number of Hong Kong people who commemorated the anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown in ...More

EJ Insight2016-06-13

What minister's outburst over human rights in China tells us

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s scolding of a Canadian reporter for daring to ask a question about human rights in China has made headlines around the world. The unexpected rant reflects China’s at ...More

EJ Insight2016-06-06

Who is threatening ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law?

The visit by Zhang Dejiang to Hong Kong, during which he held a brief meeting with four pan-democratic legislators, was clearly an attempt by Beijing to appear to be conciliatory. Zhang – the third-ra ...More

EJ Insight2016-05-31

For its own sake, China must rise above the bully's mentality

In response to the thoughtful inaugural address by Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office had a simple rejoinder: her speech was an “incomplete test answer”. In Beijing's ...More

EJ Insight2016-05-23

Cultural Revolution was party's mistake, not just Mao's

Fifty years ago this week, China embarked on what would turn out to be 10 years of turmoil known as the Cultural Revolution. It was not a revolution in the usual sense, in that it was initiated from a ...More

EJ Insight2016-05-17

China vies for hearts and minds of 'sons and daughters' overseas

Chinese political dictionaries define an overseas Chinese as a Chinese national who resides overseas. That is a narrow, legal definition. But many people, including the mainland government, use it loo ...More

EJ Insight2016-05-09

Beijing seeks loyalty from ethnic Chinese with foreign passports

After the disappearance last December of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, asked Beijing for information on his whereabouts, pointing out that the 65-year-old w ...More

EJ Insight2016-05-03

China: moving toward a more normal country

In mid-April, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong sponsored a lunch talk on the rule of law in China. What set this talk apart was the speaker: Wang Zhenmin, head of the law department of the ...More

EJ Insight2016-04-25

South China Sea: How Beijing is trying to tape mouths shut

China failed last week to pressure Japan and other G7 countries into not discussing the South China Sea when the group met in Hiroshima. Instead, foreign ministers from the seven countries issued a jo ...More

EJ Insight2016-04-18

G7 meeting highlights Beijing’s South China Sea allergy

For a country that believes strongly in non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, China, oddly, is constantly telling other countries what they can and cannot talk about. Last week, China ...More

EJ Insight2016-04-11

Does opposition to HK independence trump freedom of speech?

The Hong Kong National Party, whose ideas of Hong Kong independence were weighed and dismissed by older and, presumably, wiser heads in previous years, nonetheless has succeeded in getting the attenti ...More

EJ Insight2016-04-05

China vaccine fiasco upsets even state media

The impact of the latest healthcare scandal in China, this time involving the sale of illegal vaccines, is spreading as officials acknowledge that more than two-thirds of the country's provinces are a ...More

EJ Insight2016-03-29

Why China is reversing its position on N Korea

The visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the United States illustrates the seemingly schizophrenic relationship between the two countries. On one hand, clear progress was made on joint action ...More

EJ Insight2016-03-01

Does China really support the US-ASEAN partnership?

China has reacted mildly – to some extent, even positively – to the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit hosted last week by US President Barack Obama at the Sunnylands estate in Californi ...More

EJ Insight2016-02-23

Has UK gone far enough in charging China with HK treaty breach?

Four months after Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United Kingdom was hailed by both countries as heralding a new "golden era", the British government unexpectedly accused Beijing of commit ...More

EJ Insight2016-02-16

Taiwan nationalist Tsai will face Chinese nationalist Xi

During the campaign leading up to Taiwan’s Jan. 16 elections, Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, took part in singing the national anthem at public events, but her lips visibly ...More

EJ Insight2016-01-25

Lee Bo case and what it tells us about Beijing's fears

The consternation in Hong Kong over the case of five missing booksellers – especially the most recent incident involving Lee Bo, who is feared to have been kidnapped and smuggled into the Chinese main ...More

EJ Insight2016-01-18

China continues hunt for fugitives and their assets overseas

At a time when Chinese capital and Chinese tourists are flooding into every corner of the world, the Chinese government is seeking the return of hundreds, possibly thousands, of former officials who h ...More

EJ Insight2016-01-12

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