17 February 2020

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.
  • Many students are reluctant to abandon their quest, feeling that they have little to show for their efforts. But that is not true. Hong Kong is now very much in the world’s consciousness, largely due to the students’ efforts. Photo: AFP

    Protesting students have achieved more than they think

    - Nov 18, 2014 8:16am
    In the 1980s, when China’s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping introduced the concept of “one country, two systems”, people in many foreign countries were skeptical that it could be done. China proved them wrong. Ironically, now, after...
  • Shinzo Abe has to reach out to Xi Jinping and other leaders if Japan is to make friends among its  neighbors. Photo: Reuters

    Xi-Abe meeting just a first step in easing of tensions

    - Nov 11, 2014 11:36am
    The historic meeting between the leaders of China and Japan, hours before the APEC summit in Beijing, hopefully will lead to an easing of tensions between the two countries and end a period when the relationship...
  • President Xi Jinping will host APEC leaders, including Barack Obama, in Beijing this week. Photo: Reuters

    What Xi can do to make his mark as a leader

    - Nov 4, 2014 9:36am
    For someone whose public life is an open book, many people are still puzzled by China’s leader Xi Jinping, who became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission two...
  • Foreign Minister Wang Yi asserts that “China has consistently upheld international rule of law in its diplomatic practice”. Photo: AFP

    China sees APEC as chance to enhance its diplomatic influence

    - Oct 27, 2014 3:37pm
    An increasingly self-confident China is now seeking to reshape the world through playing leadership roles in international organizations, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum next week in Beijing. This is a rare opportunity, since APEC...
  • President Barack Obama ushers in his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to a meeting in Sunnylands, California, during an informal summit last year. Photo: AFP

    Obama, Xi should put Hong Kong on their agenda

    - Oct 20, 2014 10:14am
    China’s relationship with Russia has strengthened in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, despite Moscow’s clear violation of the Chinese principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs. Thus, the Sino-Russian relationship, described as a “comprehensive...
  • Is this the last time we've seen Xi Jinping and Barack Obama in such a congenial mood? A lot depends on how China and the United States handle issues relating to Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    What would happen if China picks a fight with US over Hong Kong?

    - Oct 14, 2014 9:28am
    Just as China and the United States are preparing for another Xi Jinping-Barack Obama summit next month, when the American president is scheduled to visit Beijing for the annual APEC leaders meeting, China is stepping up...
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) takes part in a clean-up campaign in New Delhi. He could be a central player in relations between China on one hand and the United States and Japan on the other. Photo: Reuters

    How India could become a power broker

    - Oct 7, 2014 10:08am
    “I’m a very modest man,” Narendra Modi, who as a young man sold tea by the railroad but who became India’s prime minister in May, told 18,500 cheering fans in New York’s Madison Square Garden last...
  • Delegates attend a session of the National People"s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Governing the country in accordance with the constitution is a controversial issue in China. Photo: AFP

    Is China making progress on rule of law?

    - Sep 23, 2014 12:18pm
    China’s Communist Party has announced that a plenary session of its Central Committee will meet next month and the focus will be on the rule of law. While no one expects the party to allow a...
  • There are 6.2 million Tibetans in China compared with 1.2 billion Han Chinese. A government initiative to  promote inter-ethnic marriage is unlikely to succeed for cultural reasons. Photo: Xinhua

    Why Beijing is pushing for mixed marriage

    - Sep 15, 2014 4:07pm
    Interracial marriage has historically been a contentious issue in many parts of the world and, while legal constraints may have been lifted, it continues to be controversial in many societies. In the United States, anti-miscegenation laws...
  • It has been ages since Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher discussed Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain. Then, China was a poor country coming out of social and economic chaos. Now it's economy is four times that of Britain. Photo: NYT

    How to count the cost of Beijing displeasure

    - Sep 10, 2014 9:18am
    China is warning Britain in no uncertain terms not to stick its nose into Hong Kong affairs, despite the fact that the two countries co-signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 and registered it with the...
  • Business people aren’t fearful of a few demonstrations, but they are terrified by the idea of direct political control of Hong Kong by Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s tough stance on Hong Kong could backfire

    - Sep 2, 2014 8:42am
    As expected, the Chinese government on Sunday adopted a tough stance on Hong Kong, with the National People’s Congress Standing Committee issuing a decision that designates a Beijing-controlled body as a “broadly representative” committee that will...
  • People sit under a giant billboard of Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen. When Deng launched unprecedented reform after his 1978 return to power, he sent thousands of students abroad to study. Photo: Bloomberg

    Returning graduates: Deng Xiaoping would be pleased

    - Aug 26, 2014 10:04am
    The 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping on Aug. 22 has brought forth a flood of articles and speeches on the late reformer, including a 48-part miniseries on his launching of economic reform, reversing...
  • President Barack Obama addresses the recent US-Africa Leaders Summit in which he pledged Washington's increased support for the continent. Photo: Bloomberg

    Are we seeing the start of Sino-US cooperation in Africa?

    - Aug 19, 2014 9:15am
    Spurred by China’s economic success in Africa, the United States this month held its first summit with the leaders of the continent. Presidents and prime ministers streamed into Washington for three days of discussions with President...
  • Real-estate is among the sectors that pose rising risks for the Chinese economy, the IMF has warned. Photo: Bloomberg

    IMF sees potential problems in Chinese economy

    - Aug 12, 2014 8:59am
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its 2014 assessment of the Chinese economy, has advised the country to adopt lower growth targets and to put more emphasis on enacting reforms made public last November. Slower growth...
  • A US appeals court ruling in favor of Sany over a wind farm venture has ramifications for the way Washington reviews Chinese and other foreign investment. Photo: Bloomberg

    What does Sany’s US legal victory tell us?

    - Aug 5, 2014 10:00am
    In a landmark judgment, a US appellate court has ruled as unconstitutional a decision by an American intergovernmental agency and President Barack Obama to block a Chinese company from owning some wind farms in Oregon. The...
  • Ernst & Young has produced audit working papers sought by the Securities and Futures Commission, saying they had been found on various hard drives of the company in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Issue of access to Chinese audit work papers may be easing

    - Jul 29, 2014 8:54am
    Two years ago, Hong Kong’s market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission, took accounting firm Ernst & Young to court to force it to reveal information on a Chinese utility company that had sought to be...
  • World Bank president Jim Yong Kim welcomes the new BRICS development bank, saying there's enough business in the global community for everybody. Photo: Bloomberg

    New BRICS bank packs a wallop

    - Jul 22, 2014 7:56am
    Almost exactly 70 years after the signing of the Bretton Woods agreement, five major emerging economies, known collectively as BRICS, have created new institutions that would initially supplement and could eventually replace the World Bank and...
  • President Xi Jinping talks to US Secretary of State John Kerry as Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong listens in Beijing last week. Photo: AFP

    US, China make more progress on economic than political track

    - Jul 14, 2014 2:29pm
    The political track of the United States-China strategic and economic dialogue held last week in Beijing was beset by bickering, such as those over China’s maritime disputes and charges and countercharges over cyber espionage, with little...
  • Pollution is a major reason wealthy and talented Chinese are leaving the country. They're headed for countries such as the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia where the air is cleaner, the food safer and society freer. Photo: Xinhua

    Why China’s richest and brightest are leaving the country

    - Jul 8, 2014 8:10am
    While China seems to be an increasingly confident actor on the world stage, within the country, there is a serious lack of confidence in the government, with those who have thrived within the system eager to...
  • Since China's economy has become much more integrated with the global economy, it appears strange that China seemed invulnerable to external shocks. Photo: Bloomberg

    Did China really grow at 10% for 30 years?

    - Jun 30, 2014 10:41am
    Four years ago, China was crowned the world’s second largest economy, having overtaken Japan. Three months ago, the World Bank said that in purchasing power parity terms, China would become number one this year, surpassing the...