20 July 2019

Frank Ching

Frank Ching opened The Wall Street Journal’s Bureau in China in 1979. He is now a Hong Kong-based writer on Chinese affairs.
  • After taking the reins of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, Xi Jinping has steadily consolidated his power through various means, including by rewriting party rules. Photo: Bloomberg

    How strong is Xi Jinping really?

    - Jul 15, 2019 3:05pm
    China’s leader Xi Jinping appears to be in an unassailable position, with his name and his “thought” having been enshrined in the Communist Party constitution in October 2017 and the state constitution in 2018. Term limits...
  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28. Photo: Sputnik News via Reuters

    China-Japan ties: Are they entering a new era?

    - Jul 11, 2019 9:00am
    Talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe in Osaka before the G20 summit illustrate the much improved relationship between the two countries, with both sides talking about creating “a new era” in...
  • Donald Trump has announced another truce in the trade war with Beijing following a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during the G20 summit in Osaka. Photo: Reuters

    New US-China trade talks: ‘We’ll see what happens’

    - Jul 2, 2019 11:36am
    In a virtual replay of events that took place seven months ago, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of a G20 summit on Saturday and agreed to resume negotiations on the trade dispute...
  • Chinese tourists have been visiting Japan in greater numbers in recent years. Photo: Bloomberg

    China-Japan warming ties: People power at work

    - Jun 27, 2019 9:00am
    As the orange and white bus closed its doors at Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport, the passengers settled down for a 100-minute drive to their various hotels while, outside, three employees of the bus company,...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam: her sheer arrogance – and naivete – is mind-boggling. Photo: HKEJ

    Wanted: A new leader for Hong Kong

    - Jun 17, 2019 5:36pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s announcement on Saturday suspending controversial extradition legislation after a secret meeting with a top Chinese official wasn’t enough to pacify an angry population. Demonstrators returned to the streets on Sunday...
  • A police vehicle is deployed in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4. Chinese authorities stepped up vigil on the 30th anniversary of the violent crackdown on democracy activists. Photo: Reuters

    Tiananmen Massacre: The world remembers

    - Jun 10, 2019 1:02pm
    Thirty years ago this month, the world witnessed a horrifying sight as armed Chinese troops were ordered to crush peaceful Chinese protesters asking for reforms, in Tiananmen Square in Beijing as well as cities across the...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam insists on having the fugitive bill enacted into law despite the growing opposition to the proposal. Photo: CNSA

    Hong Kong extradition: Who is China targeting?

    - Jun 3, 2019 4:12pm
    Hong Kong has been getting an inordinate amount of global attention these days, as is perhaps appropriate for a place that likes to call itself “Asia’s world city”. But it isn’t the kind of publicity most...
  • A file picture shows US President Donald Trump with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. Trump has described his relationship with Xi as ‘very strong and personal’, but that hasn’t prevented him from launching a trade war. Photo: Reuters

    Trump-Xi: Bromance and the trade war

    - May 31, 2019 9:28am
    US-China trade talks have been suspended for more than two weeks with no sign of a revival. Listening to Donald Trump talk about his good friend Xi Jinping, one may be forgiven for thinking that the...
  • Wang Zhimin, the director of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, delivered a brutal attack on foreign critics of the extradition bill during a closed-door meeting with Hong Kong delegates to the CPPCC and NPC on Friday. Photo: CNSA

    Hong Kong: China demands right to extradite

    - May 20, 2019 12:45pm
    Since last summer, Hong Kong has worried that it might be caught in the crossfire of the US-China trade war. That worry has receded. But another issue, much more fraught, has emerged and rekindled the fear...
  • China has been shedding capital and talent through migration of its wealthy elite, promoting the government to take steps to stem the outflow. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s millionaires ponder: Leave or remain?

    - May 16, 2019 9:00am
    Every year for the last decade or so media reports would appear focusing on the plans of China’s millionaires to leave the country. It was unclear how candid such high-net-worth individuals were in responding to interviewers...
  • President Xi Jinping hailed the May 4th student leaders as patriots who opposed imperialism and feudalism. However, he told today’s students that their job was to “follow the instructions and guidance of the Party”. Photo: Bloomberg

    How the Communist Party hijacked the May 4th Movement

    - May 7, 2019 8:00am
    A hundred years ago this month, on May 4, 1919, demonstrations erupted in China as students, primarily from Peking University, poured into Tiananmen Square to protest events half a world away, where western nations – primarily...
  • Taking note of criticism in relation to Belt and Road projects, Xi Jinping said last week that China should proceed in ‘a transparent way’. Photo: Reuters

    China’s Belt and Road: What to expect from Japan

    - Apr 29, 2019 4:25pm
    China did a rare thing at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last week: it admitted that it had made mistakes and pledged to do better in future. Agreed, there was no open admission of...
  • With Foxconn chief Terry Gou (pictured here offering prayers in a temple) jumping into the fray, Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election has become even more interesting. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan faces historic decision in coming election

    - Apr 23, 2019 11:28am
    Taiwan’s 23 million people may face a historic decision in the coming months as the island prepares for a fateful presidential election in which relations with mainland China will be the crucial issue. Party leaders of...
  • Xi Jinping last year lifted the presidential term limit put in the constitution by Deng Xiaoping, and has also sought to undo some other Dengist political reforms. Photo: Reuters

    China owes it to the world to solve its succession problem

    - Apr 16, 2019 9:00am
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and Beijing will have much reason to celebrate. But, as the lifting of term limits for president last year underlines, China...
  • US Consul General Kurt Tong said Beijing appears to have been intimately involved in the Hong Kong government’s decision-making. Photo: Bloomberg/HKEJ

    Hong Kong’s autonomy: China’s fate is also in the balance

    - Apr 8, 2019 12:51pm
    Ever since the Hong Kong Policy Act was passed in 1992, the United States has been checking regularly to see if Beijing is keeping its promise to grant Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy under...
  • The EU requirement for unanimity effectively silences Europe’s voice on important global issues. Photo: Reuters

    China’s roar may wake up a sleeping Europe

    - Apr 4, 2019 8:29am
    In northwestern Beijing, amid universities, parks and museums, sits a striking structure, resembling a sundial – the China Millennium Monument, erected a little more than 20 years ago to welcome the arrival of a new millennium. Inside...
  • Taiwan is mired in a presidential election campaign where a leading candidate is likely to press for the highly sensitive issue of the island’s permanent separation from China. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan: China ignoring 40 years of history

    - Mar 25, 2019 4:15pm
    The political atmosphere is heating up in the Taiwan Strait because of the convergence of developments in China, Taiwan and the United States. In China, President Xi Jinping is becoming visibly impatient, asserting that unification of...
  • Premier Li Keqiang fields a wide range of questions from journalists during his annual press conference last Friday. Photo: Bloomberg

    The premier’s press conference

    - Mar 19, 2019 10:09am
    Press conferences generate news because of what a prominent person has to say, particularly in response to journalists’ questions. In China, the questions themselves are revealing, since they are screened and only those that suit the...
  • Hong Kong has an administrative culture that plays down the importance of creating and preserving official documents. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong’s disdain for documents

    - Mar 12, 2019 8:19am
    For almost a year, Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has been mired in scandal. Reports of shoddy work in the US$12.4 billion Shatin-to-Central Link project led to the setting up of a commission of inquiry, followed by...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump relied on their personal chemistry to try to resolve complex issues during their summit in Hanoi. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hanoi summit creates opportunities for China, South Korea, Japan

    - Mar 4, 2019 4:01pm
    The failure of the Feb. 27-28 Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit in Hanoi to produce an agreement on denuclearization was largely the result of insufficient preparation by both the United States and North Korea, which relied on...

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