Category Archives: politics

The abyss between Hong Kong and mainland people – Zhang Lijia

Western media too easily assume the protests in Hong Kong are supported by many mainland Chinese. Wrong, says author Zhang Lijia. There is a wide dived between mainland Chinese and Hongkongnese, and that is not only because of the media censorship in the mainland, she adds at the South China Morning Post.

Companies flee, rather than fight China – Sara Hsu

US President Donald Trump wants US companies to fight China, but they rather flee for greener pastures not to their home countries, says financial analyst Sara Hsu at the ChinaUSFacus. But some might decide to swap countries too early, she warns.

How an impoverished China started to expand in Africa – Howard French

China is nowadays even compared with former colonial powers when it comes to its economic rise in Africa. Journalist Howard French, the author of China’s Second Continent, takes a step back and looks at how it all started in the 1960s for Worldpoliticsreview, and how it relates to South Africa.

The trade war will not be a game changer in China – Victor Shih

If some US politicians hope the trade war between China and the US might undermine Xi Jinping’s domestic power base, they are on the wrong track, says political analyst Victor Shih at US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearings at the US Congress, according to the South China Morning Post.

Why Chinese like their government – Kaiser Kuo

It’s the economy, stupid, says China commentator Kaiser Kuo in his masterclass for Quora. Journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow reviews his masterclass ” on contemporary Chinese politics, authoritarianism, liberalism and dissidence” for BoingBoing.

The trade war fallout – Victor Shih

The trade war damages both US and China’s economy, and global trade. Financial and political analyst Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair associate professor of political economy at UC San Diego and author of the forthcoming “Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability,” gives an overview of the damage in the Los Angeles Times.

Foreign brands have to become more political savvy in dealing with China – Shaun Rein

Foreign brands got into hot water when describing Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as independent countries. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains at the BBC it is not only the government fanning the flames but increasingly nationalistic consumers who boycott foreign brands stepping on political toes.

What if China runs out of US dollars? – Victor Shih

China has been saving much capital in US bonds and could use those resources to finance its debt and policies in the past. But what happens if China runs out of US dollars, asks political analyst Victor Shih in the New York Times.

Getting a trade deal that helps both sides might be impossible – Arthur Kroeber

Observers watch the proceedings at the G20 in Japan as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will try to hammer out a kind of trade deal. But getting a deal that makes both sides happy is virtually impossible, says economist Arthur Kroeber in the South China Morning Post.

Trump plays political games by accusing China banks to break North-Korea sanctions – Shaun Rein

US president Donald Trump fired another salvo in the trade war on the story three major Chinese banks participated in breaking the sanctions on North-Korea. A part of Trump’s political game, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post.