23 August 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.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. China will play an increasingly important role in North Korea's denuclearization. Photo: Reuters

    China will play bigger role in North Korea

    - Jun 28, 2018 9:31am
    After hours of intensive talks with the North Korean leader in Singapore, President Donald Trump held a rambling press conference during which he praised Kim Jong-un as “very talented”, someone who took over the running of...
  • US President Donald Trump is now all praises for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Bloomberg

    A post-North Korea Asia: What will it look like?

    - Jun 19, 2018 11:21am
    Who came out on top in Singapore, where the president of the most powerful nation on earth met the North Korean leader, who has made significant steps towards becoming a nuclear power? The world’s press seems...
  • The United States is finally looking at China realistically and dealing with the country on its own terms. Photo: Reuters

    Finally, US is taking China seriously

    - Jun 14, 2018 9:00am
    During the US-China rapprochement of the 1970s, China’s goals were clear. It wanted to break through its diplomatic isolation, partly self-imposed, develop the economy and enhance its international standing, all with the ultimate goal of national...
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

    Africa: A Chinese success story

    - Jun 4, 2018 3:55pm
    The decision of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish relations with China, is the latest evidence of Beijing’s phenomenal success in Africa, especially since the turn...
  • Malaysia under Najib Razak had been an early booster of China’s 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative. Photo: Reuters

    Is China now imposing ‘unequal treaties’ on others?

    - May 31, 2018 9:30am
    The reverberations from Malaysia’s electoral earthquake, which saw voters sweep aside the party that had been in power for 60 years, are likely to be felt for a long time, especially in China, which had signed...
  • Following an amendment to China’s constitution, mainland ‘legal experts’ have been coming to Hong Kong to lecture the locals that they now owe new duties to the state. Photo: Bloomberg

    China is moving Hong Kong goalposts

    - May 21, 2018 3:30pm
    In China’s long history, it has perhaps had more than its normal share of inventions, particularly from ancient China, such as the compass, gunpowder, papermaking and printing. What about sports? Well, it turns out that a...
  • A building is covered with posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Shanghai. China is "going to extraordinary lengths to impose its views on the rest of the world". Photo: Reuters

    China’s messages worse than ‘Orwellian nonsense’?

    - May 17, 2018 8:31am
    China has reacted strongly to the White House for characterizing its insistence that US air carriers remove references on their websites or in other materials suggesting that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are “countries” as “Orwellian...
  • President Xi warned in no uncertain terms that China would give no quarter whenever or wherever its sovereignty was challenged. Photo: Reuters

    Mending fences: Will China succeed in its charm offensive?

    - May 7, 2018 3:46pm
    The world – in particular, China’s neighbors – has been anxiously watching Beijing’s increasing assertiveness over the last decade, especially since the rise of Xi Jinping. Quite a few countries are taking steps to enhance their...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to “actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula”. Photo: Reuters

    Korea peace talks: Is China in or out?

    - May 3, 2018 8:31am
    The inter-Korean summit meeting was political theater of a high order, where two heads of state expertly played their parts, including skipping back and forth between the line dividing their two countries like schoolchildren playing hopscotch....
  • It appears that there are forces within the central government that wish Hong Kong to be more obedient than before, while there are officials in Hong Kong who believe that bowing and scraping is the way to deal with Beijing. Photo: Reuters

    When loving the motherland and Hong Kong is no longer enough

    - Apr 23, 2018 12:50pm
    Last July 1 President Xi Jinping congratulated Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of its return to China and its transformation from a British colony into the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He said: “According to...
  • Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea on April 12. Photo: Reuters

    China ‘Sea Parade’: Honing military skills and striking fear

    - Apr 19, 2018 9:30am
    In his epic speech at the Communist Party congress last October, Xi Jinping, party leader and state president, announced the initiation of “a new stage in strengthening and revitalizing the armed forces.” The mission, according to...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on March 28. Photo: AFP

    Kim visit ends China’s marginalization but awkwardness remains

    - Apr 9, 2018 4:08pm
    The sudden visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing ended China’s fear of being marginalized on the Korean peninsula but the awkwardness in the Chinese position remains, with Beijing distancing itself from Pyongyang’s attempts...
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping said “the concept of ‘one country, two systems’ was advanced, first and foremost, to realize and uphold national unity”. Photo: Reuters

    China charter revision shows HK future hangs by a thread

    - Apr 6, 2018 9:01am
    On Feb. 25, the Xinhua news agency disclosed in a terse report that the Communist Party of China proposed to remove term limits on the president and vice president from the national constitution. This happened on...
  • While welcoming the US-North Korean dialogue, China, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, is positioning itself as North Korea's ‘resolute’ supporter which will secure Pyongyang's interests. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China is seeking to mend ties with N Korea

    - Mar 26, 2018 5:00pm
    In spring 2003, China was drawn into talks between the United States and North Korea when it agreed to host three-party talks in Beijing. The talks were utterly deadlocked from the very beginning. As Fu Ying,...
  • At a meeting last week, Xi Jinping described China's political system as 'a great contribution to political civilization of humanity.' Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China is now holding up its political system for emulation

    - Mar 22, 2018 9:53am
    Last October, China raised its leader to dizzying heights when it wrote “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” into the Communist Party constitution. Now, the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament,...
  • China is claiming credit for the planned talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump-Kim meeting: What role should China play?

    - Mar 12, 2018 4:49pm
    It is remarkable that in the short space of three months, the political situation on the Korean Peninsula has moved from the edge of war into an unwonted atmosphere of hope. The mastermind behind the entire...
  • One day, President Xi Jinping will be replaced. But how will that happen? Who will replace him? Photo: Reuters

    President for life: Xi move will cause huge problems for China

    - Mar 5, 2018 2:41pm
    The decision by President Xi Jinping to end term limits for himself returns China to strongman rule, a style of government that many hoped had died with Mao Zedong in 1976. It also pits him directly...
  • China's forceful campaign to convince other countries that they have nothing to worry about has only caused more suspicions. Photo: Reuters

    The China threat: Theory or reality?

    - Feb 26, 2018 3:39pm
    China’s rapid growth and increasingly assertive behavior are causing alarm in many parts of the world, but Beijing continues to ridicule what it calls “the China threat theory,” telling the rest of the world that it...
  • In his new year greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said: “China seeks to promote international strategic coordination with Russia.” Photo: AFP

    Russian meddling in US elections: Did China know?

    - Feb 20, 2018 1:37pm
    The indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities provides detailed allegations of what the Russians did when they interfered in the 2016 American presidential elections. The interesting question is,...
  • Mercedes Benz's use of a quotation from the Dalai Lama triggered a firestorm among Chinese people who view him as a Tibet “separatist” rather than a fount of wisdom. Photo: Reuters/EJI

    Doing business in China: Politics is still in command

    - Feb 12, 2018 4:52pm
    People love quotes, especially inspirational ones. Chairman Mao Zedong’s words, “The Chinese people have stood up,” spoken in 1949 after the communist triumph in the civil war, still resonates among many, even if they don’t remember...

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