16 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.
  • Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China offers the world not a unique civilization but a unique philosophy to solve its problems. Photo: Bloomberg

    China: Has the red carpet replaced the kowtow?

    - Feb 26, 2019 8:30am
    During the heyday of the Chinese empire, representatives of vassal states had to go through elaborate rituals, including the infamous kowtow procedure known as “three kneelings and nine prostrations” before being allowed into the imperial presence....
  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to forge a relationship with Taiwan while seeking to improve ties with China. Photo: Reuters

    How will Japan balance its relationship with China and Taiwan?

    - Feb 21, 2019 8:49am
    On the second day of the new year, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech in which he called for the fulfillment of the “historic task” of reunifying Taiwan and the mainland, by force if necessary. Days...
  • In her election manifesto, Carrie Lam had vowed that she would try to resolve constitutional and legal issues aiming at amending the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, to extend the scope of some sections to cover the Chief Executive. Photo: HKEJ

    In Hong Kong, China insists, the Chief Executive is more equal

    - Feb 12, 2019 9:05am
    Ever since Carrie Lam became Chief Executive of Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, she has had virtually absolute support from the Chinese government, including President Xi Jinping himself. This isn’t surprising, since she was Beijing’s...
  • US President Donald Trump’s susceptibility to flattery, his need to be liked and his impatience for triumphant declarations may hobble his negotiators. Photo: Reuters

    Trade war negotiations: Trump versus Trump?

    - Feb 4, 2019 11:55am
    As China celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Pig, trade negotiators on both sides of the Pacific pause briefly before resuming talks, this time in Beijing, in an attempt to reach what President Donald...
  • China and the United States, which were strategic allies in the early 1980s, no longer view each other as friends. Photo: Reuters

    US-China relations: After 40 years, what next?

    - Jan 28, 2019 4:19pm
    In January 1979, the then 74-year-old Deng Xiaoping, survivor of repeated political purges to become China’s leader after the death of Mao Zedong, met in Beijing with American journalists to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations...
  • Certain "blazing hot" terms that occurred frequently in People's Daily in the past year are all associated with President Xi Jinping. Photo: Bloomberg

    China watchers: Moving with the times

    - Jan 24, 2019 8:31am
    The Soviet Union, along with its status as a superpower, is no more, though Russia still has weapons capable of destroying the world many times over. That superpower mantle is now snugly wrapped around the shoulders...
  • "We strengthened our friendships, we enhanced mutual trust and we enlarged our circle of friends,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year speech. Photo: Reuters

    China’s Sisyphean efforts to win trust

    - Jan 14, 2019 1:51pm
    In his New Year address, President Xi Jinping spoke proudly of China’s achievements in 2018, including the launch of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe, which successfully landed on the far side of the moon, a feat that...
  • The Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng will appear before the Legislative Council on Jan. 25 to explain her department's decision on the case of former chief executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: CNSA

    Hong Kong: shopping for justice?

    - Jan 7, 2019 3:49pm
    Twenty-some years ago, the main topic of conversation for people in Hong Kong was what lay in the future, when the British colony was handed back to China after 156 years. Two decades later, the conversation...
  • President Xi Jinping has pledged that China will work with others “to build a lasting peace, common security and common prosperity”.  But China must first win the trust of other countries.  Photo: AFP

    China: Using history as a mirror

    - Dec 31, 2018 2:17pm
    For more than a thousand years, the Chinese have used history as a mirror so as to learn lessons and not to repeat mistakes and have urged other countries to do the same thing. In that...
  • There are stories galore of Chinese youth who speak only Putonghua and hence are unable to communicate with grandparents who speak only the dialect of their region. Photo: Bloomberg

    China: Language bonds

    - Dec 24, 2018 2:19pm
    It is often said that the United States and the United Kingdom are two allies with a special relationship largely because they speak a common language. And yet, this idea of a “common language” cannot be...
  • Canada becomes the object of China's ire after Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested at the Vancouver airport at the behest of the United States. Photo: Bloomberg

    Canada-China impasse: law versus power

    - Dec 17, 2018 3:36pm
    Henry Kissinger, in his book On China, wrote that Chinese strategists think differently than their western counterparts because they are used to playing a different board game, weiqi, where the player patiently gains relative advantage through...
  • In quite a few areas, Xi Jinping appears to be dismantling Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, not implementing them. Photo: Reuters

    Is Xi Jinping living up to the spirit of reform and opening up?

    - Dec 10, 2018 3:46pm
    Forty years ago this month, the Communist Party of China, led by Deng Xiaoping, issued a clarion call for reform. Deng, who had emerged as the country’s strongman two years after the death of Chairman Mao...
  • China and the United States agreed to suspend additional tariffs while they resume trade negotiations for 90 days. Photo: Reuters

    Will China make the economic changes US demands?

    - Dec 3, 2018 3:35pm
    The agreement reached in Buenos Aires by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping bought China a 90-day grace period, after which the United States would tighten the screws by sharply raising tariffs until Trump gets what he...
  • Beijing, through its interpretations of the Basic Law, may weaken the rule of law in Hong Kong beyond repair. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong judiciary: Quiet before the storm?

    - Nov 29, 2018 8:31am
    The Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s decision in August 2017 to overrule a magistrate’s judgment ordering community service in the case of an illegal demonstration and to jail three young men – Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan...
  • The recently concluded US-China diplomatic and security dialogue revealed the depth of the differences separating the two countries, with issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

    US-China relations: Stormy days ahead

    - Nov 19, 2018 3:02pm
    A reported decision by China and the United States for negotiators to meet in Buenos Aires ahead of a Dec. 1 summit between President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump suggests that the two sides feel that...
  • Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Nov. 6.

    Reviewing China’s human rights performance: No easy task

    - Nov 13, 2018 8:30am
    In August, when China took part in hearings of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Chinese delegation was repeatedly questioned about reports of “re-education camps” in Xinjiang where up to a million...
  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing on Oct. 26. Photo: Kyodo via Reuters

    Abe visit to China: Two cheers for Japan-China relations

    - Nov 8, 2018 8:32am
    The visit last month by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of a treaty of peace and friendship by the two countries has been called a “historic...
  • China’s embassies, especially some in Europe, have in recent months been issuing statements and taking actions that appear distinctly undiplomatic, observers say. Photo: Reuters

    In China’s ‘New Era’, diplomats go on the offensive

    - Nov 1, 2018 9:30am
    Chinese diplomats around the world seem to have become increasingly assertive in the aftermath of President Xi Jinping’s declaration last year that a new era had arrived that would see China moving closer to center stage....
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping knows that "the great renewal of the Chinese nation" cannot be completed within five or even 10 years. Photo: Reuters

    Why Xi Jinping decided to challenge US for global leadership

    - Oct 22, 2018 12:18pm
    Forty years ago, when China began its reform and opening up, Deng Xiaoping, then the country’s paramount leader, delivered a speech calling on all party members to “dare to think”. “Otherwise,” Deng said, “we won’t be...
  • The controversy surrounding former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has dented China's image. Credit: Press pool file photo via Reuters

    China needs to pick the right people for key global bodies

    - Oct 18, 2018 9:30am
    Last month, the president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, made a trip back to China – and promptly vanished. His wife hasn’t heard from him since Sept. 25 when he sent her via text message an emoji...

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