25 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...