7 December 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.
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam's administration appears paralyzed when it needs to grapple with political issues and not just kick the can down the road, says the author. Photo: HKEJ

    Government paralysis continues after electoral debacle

    - Dec 2, 2019 3:26pm
    After a peaceful two-week hiatus during which Hong Kong held District Council elections that saw pro-democracy candidates win a stunning victory by capturing 87 percent of the seats and 17 of the 18 councils, violence returned...
  • A file picture shows demonstrators in Hong Kong waving US flags. American lawmakers have heeded calls to support the fight to protect Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong Act in US reflects failure of China hardline strategy

    - Nov 28, 2019 8:00am
    Passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act by both houses of the US congress is a humiliating blow for China and a triumph for the Hong Kong protesters and their message to the...
  • A protest scene outside the Polytechnic University. The Hong Kong government hopes the silent majority will be turned off by the demonstrators’ increasing violence. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong: People act while govt dithers

    - Nov 18, 2019 12:48pm
    The social unrest gripping Hong Kong, now in its sixth month, worsened last week as violence reached new heights, universities were taken over by students, protests spread to the heart of the business district and traffic...
  • Senior Trump administration officials have ratcheted up their rhetoric on China even as Washington pursues a trade deal. Photo: Reuters

    China and the US: Deep-seated differences

    - Nov 14, 2019 8:30am
    While China and the United States once again appear to be close to a trade agreement, the fact that it is a “first phase” accord makes it clear that intractable issues have been left for a...
  • A National Day float features the "one country, two systems" policy in Beijing on Oct. 1. The Communist Party's Central Committee has asserted that “two systems” was subordinate to and derived from “one country”.  Photo: CNS via Reuters

    China: Time for vision in Hong Kong

    - Nov 5, 2019 10:31am
    As violent anti-China protests in Hong Kong continue, the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, meeting last week in Beijing for the first time in 20 months, issued a communiqué in which it pledged to take...
  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing his part to pursue the policy of mutual cordiality with China. Photo: Reuters

    China and Japan make progress on cordiality track

    - Oct 31, 2019 8:00am
    Four months ago, the leaders of China and Japan met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka and agreed to normalize their relationship. President Xi Jinping accepted Premier Shinzo Abe’s invitation to visit Japan...
  • Ethnic Chinese, regardless of nationality, are Chinese first and foremost, according to Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan in mind, Beijing channels overseas Chinese influence

    - Oct 21, 2019 3:32pm
    As Taiwan’s January presidential election approaches, Beijing is stepping up its effort to undermine incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and boost the opposition Kuomintang’s candidate Han Kuo-yu, who is generally viewed...
  • Beijing offers a long leash for Hong Kong in relation to the territory's autonomy, but tightens it at will when it perceives any threat to national interests, the author notes. Photo: Reuters

    HK autonomy: A long leash, but one that Beijing won’t let go

    - Oct 15, 2019 10:30am
    China’s intense anticorruption campaign has generated a flood of fugitives who have fled abroad and Beijing in turn has launched a global drive to seek their return, leading to the arrest of more than 5,000 suspects...
  • Anti-government protesters break into a branch of Bank of China during a demonstration in Tseung Kwan O on Monday. Violence and vandalism will undermine the Hong Kong protest movement, observers warn. Photo: Reuters

    Time for HK protesters to sit back and think

    - Oct 8, 2019 10:54am
    This week marks the beginning of the fifth straight month of protests in Hong Kong. A million-person march on June 9 was focused on opposing the government’s extradition bill and that goal was finally achieved on...
  • Most of China's impressive achievements were made in the 40 years after Deng Xiaoping, who succeeded Mao Zedong, launched the nation on the road to economic reform in 1978. Photo: Reuters

    China’s 70th birthday: A nurtured narrative

    - Oct 3, 2019 8:00am
    The People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding this week with fireworks, a huge parade showing off its latest military hardware and a vast outpouring of facts and figures to show the...
  • Tsai Ing-wen has suffered another setback as two pacific island nations have switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. Photo: Reuters

    China revs up efforts to isolate Taiwan on global stage

    - Sep 23, 2019 11:55am
    In the run-up to Taiwan’s January presidential election, China is taking economic, political, military and diplomatic steps in an effort to prevent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from winning a second term....
  • China sees the housing crisis as one of the root causes of the social unrest in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Why China is taking a critical look at Hong Kong’s tycoons

    - Sep 17, 2019 11:46am
    More than three decades ago when China set up a special committee to draft Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its attitude toward the business elite was unmistakable, as 12 of the 23 Hong Kong members that it...
  • Hong Kong’s current protest movement has turned Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who opposes unification, into the frontrunner in the hotly contested January presidential race. Photo: Reuters

    China: The challenges of Hong Kong and Taiwan

    - Sep 9, 2019 2:28pm
    Twenty-two years ago, when Hong Kong became part of China, the former British colony’s relationship with Taiwan became part of China’s cross-straits relationship. Thus, when the pro-independence politician Chen Shui-bian became president of Taiwan in 2000,...
  • Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles. While the United States now identifies China as the principal threat, it is unwilling to focus its shrinking resources on the Indo-Pacific. Photo: AFP

    China: Is ‘Asia for Asians’ security strategy working?

    - Aug 26, 2019 2:15pm
    Five years ago, in May 2014, President Xi Jinping took the United States aback when, at a regional conference held in Shanghai, he proposed the idea of “Asia for Asians” where security matters were concerned. Calling...
  • China is seeking to expand its influence on the global stage, including in matters pertaining to conflict resolution between individual nations. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can China play conflict mediator for neighbors?

    - Aug 22, 2019 9:00am
    As world attention focused on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, India all of a sudden moved to strip the special region of Jammu and Kashmir of the autonomy guaranteed to it in India’s constitution since independence...
  • Anti-government protesters clash with police in Sham Shui Po on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China’s bogeyman: ‘black hands’ and ‘foreign forces’

    - Aug 12, 2019 2:49pm
    For some time now, China has been blaming “black hands” working for “foreign forces” for the massive anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong, now in their third month. More recently, Chinese officials have been openly saying that...
  • Following the recent events, fewer Hong Kong people want to identify themselves as Chinese, preferring to maintain their distinct identity as Hongkongers, a survey has suggested. Photo: Reuters

    HK-China conflict: The national identity gap

    - Aug 5, 2019 1:19pm
    As the anti-extradition protests – ostensibly directed at the Hong Kong administration but very much aimed also at the Chinese government — extend into their third month, repercussions are being felt around the world, with Hong...
  • Disunity among American allies South Korea and Japan contrasts sharply with the enhanced military cooperation between China and Russia. Photo: Reuters

    China-Russia air patrol shows Japan and South Korea in disarray

    - Jul 29, 2019 4:58pm
    China and Russia conducted their first-ever joint air patrol last week by sending bombers along the South Korean coast, intruding into its air defense identification zone as well as that of Japan, with Seoul charging that...
  • While protest marches are still peaceful, they are often followed by clashes between protesters and the police, usually leading to injuries on both sides. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong: The crisis deepens

    - Jul 25, 2019 8:01am
    The Hong Kong administration is facing a deepening governance crisis as mass protests continue over the extradition issue and violence escalates. While the bill allowing extradition to mainland China has been suspended, the government refuses to...
  • 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...