18 September 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.
  • China, Japan vie for ASEAN affections

    - Dec 23, 2013 3:29pm
    Checkbook diplomacy as an instrument of policy between Taiwan and mainland China hasn’t been used in at least five years, but a somewhat similar type of diplomacy is now emerging as China and Japan both seek...
  • In 2011

    Seoul ADIZ reaction shows survival trumps economy

    - Dec 17, 2013 9:47am
    The world’s trade structure has changed dramatically over the past decade, with China having replaced the United States last year as the biggest trading nation. As recently as 2006, the US was the most important trading...
  • Britain eats humble pie as China turns the table

    - Dec 10, 2013 9:30am
    British Prime Minister David Cameron was fêted by China’s leaders during his three-day trip to the country but much of his diet consisted of humble pie, which he manfully swallowed, pointing to “a visit that has...
  • A Chinese military fighter jet. China has warned airlines that fail to submit their flight plan if they enter the air defense identification zone would face "emergency measures" carried out by its armed forces. Photo: AFP

    Airlines taken hostage by China’s ADIZ announcement

    - Dec 3, 2013 9:58am
    China’s announcement of an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone effectively took hostage the world’s multibillion-dollar airline industry. An airline’s first responsibility is the safety of its passengers, and it is little wonder that the...
  • Caution still the reform watchword

    - Nov 28, 2013 9:31am
    More than three decades ago, Deng Xiaoping, who later became known as the chief architect of China’s reforms, decided to focus on economic development through pragmatic experimentation, with the country moving forward cautiously by “crossing the...
  • Rosneft’s decision to pump seven million tons of oil annually to China via Kazakhstan will mean an additional US$2.3 billion to US$2.5 billion in revenue for Russia each year. Photo: Bloomberg

    Russia and China edging ever closer to deal on gas

    - Nov 21, 2013 8:25am
    China is dramatically increasing its imports of crude oil from Russia and the two countries seem to be on the verge of huge deals involving natural gas, of which Russia holds the world’s largest reserves. One...
  • The New York Times is among the foreign media organizations that have faced the wrath of Beijing due to investigative reports on Chinese leaders. Photo: Bloomberg

    Interests of media companies need safeguarding too

    - Nov 13, 2013 10:06am
    The United States and China are negotiating a bilateral investment treaty. Economic issues come up regularly in the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. However, while car tires and chicken meat get the attention of American trade...
  • Persistent tensions over disputed maritime territory have taken a toll on trade flows between Japan and China. Photo: Bloomberg

    As Sino-Japanese row simmers, trade unwinds

    - Nov 6, 2013 9:19am
    China and Japan have lodged protests with each other over the holding of naval exercises in the East China Sea as their dispute over tiny islands shows no sign of a resolution. The heightening tensions have...
  • High-level Chinese barnstorming in Southeast Asia

    - Oct 30, 2013 12:41pm
    After years of troubled relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, China has launched a campaign to improve its ties with ASEAN through a dramatic rise in trade, while not retreating on its sovereignty claims in...
  • Washington's broken political system is affecting the rest of the world as well. Photo: Bloomberg

    Washington gridlock leads to US paralysis overseas

    - Oct 23, 2013 9:42am
    Ever since the Second World War, the United States has played an indispensable role, ensuring peace and order in the world and creating conditions that allowed the revitalization of the war-torn countries of Europe and Asia....
  • Taiwanese celebrate national day. Taiwan will become uncompetitive if it's left out of the FTA loop. Photo: AFP

    Stalled cross-strait services trade pact has wider dimension

    - Oct 16, 2013 8:50am
    The Taiwan-Mainland China services trade agreement, signed in June, is still not in effect having been blocked by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party which is insisting on an article-by-article inspection of the accord by the Legislative...
  • Xi boosts Central Asia ties with Silk Road economic belt

    - Oct 8, 2013 11:52am
    In calling for the rejuvenation of the nation through realization of the “Chinese Dream”, President Xi Jinping is also invoking another aspect of history – the ancient trading route known as the Silk Road, which led...
  • Xi Jinping has insisted on stringent adherence to party discipline and the undisputed leadership of the party. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is Xi Jinping a true reformer or a conservative?

    - Oct 2, 2013 7:06am
    Ever since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, Western observers have been hoping for a reformer to emerge in China. Thus, in 1990, when then Shanghai mayor Zhu Rongji visited the United States, he was dubbed...