16 October 2018

Simon Shen

Associate professor and director of Global Studies Programme, Faculty of Social Science, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Lead Writer (Global) at the Hong Kong Economic Journal
  • Unlike the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration is not an official body under the United Nations. Photo: Internet

    The PCA:the real deal or a toothless tiger?

    - Jul 20, 2016 9:30am
    Two years ago, in my article on the South China Sea arbitration case, I stressed that it was the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), rather than the much more well-known International Court of Justice (ICJ), that...
  • Many universities in Britain have been relying a great deal on the EU for their funding. Photo: Internet

    Brexit poses challenges and opportunities for UK universities

    - Jul 18, 2016 10:06am
    Shortly after the Brexit referendum I met Professor Shaun Breslin again in Britain. Prof. Breslin, who had invited me to be a visiting fellow at the Warwick University several years ago, said the future of universities in Britain...
  • The vast majority of Cornish natives are of Celtic descent, and have their own unique culture and language.

    The Cornish: A different group of people with a different story

    - Jul 15, 2016 11:47am
    While most of the regions in Britain that bear separatist sentiment — such as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are pro-EU, the county of Cornwall is perhaps a striking exception. For centuries the Cornish people...
  • As its economy is based predominantly on financial services and trade, Gibraltar relies heavily on free access to the European market. Photo: Internet

    Gibraltar at a crossroads after Brexit

    - Jul 14, 2016 9:36am
    Apart from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, also bearing the impact of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is the tiny British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Lying on the southern...
  • Following Britain’s exit from the EU, Channel Islands may be able to utilitize its distinct identity and act as a bridge between London and Brussels. Photo: Internet

    The great survival story of the Channel Islands

    - Jul 8, 2016 9:44am
    In my previous articles I discussed how the result of the Brexit referrendum has fueled separatism in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and even the city of London. However, there is one more little known stakeholder in...
  • If Scotland holds another referendum on whether to leave the UK, pro-independence politicians will now have much greater support. Photo: Telegraph

    Why the Scots are so pro-EU

    - Jun 29, 2016 9:30am
    A recent Polandball political cartoon spoke volumes about the embarrassing situation Britain is facing after its people voted to leave the European Union. London is on one hand parting company with the rest of Europe, but on...
  • Donald Trump’s comments on the Orlando nightclub shooting may have struck a deep chord among the grassroots. Photo: Reuters

    The mood in US in the aftermath of Orlando shooting

    - Jun 22, 2016 10:29am
    When the Orlando nightclub shooting took place, I was in the United States, and therefore I had first-hand knowledge of the public reaction to the tragedy. As expected, the two US presidential hopefuls immediately weighed in...
  • Beijing regards ISIS as just another Islamic fundamentalist group with an agenda to rise against western imperialism. Photo: Reuters

    Why China is reluctant to join the fight against ISIS

    - Jun 17, 2016 11:30am
    Recently the question of whether China will join the war against Islamic State has received much attention in western media. The Guardian last month ran a commentary on the issue, saying the extremist group, also known...
  • Some pundits predict that in a hundred years' time, the internet will replace universities as the major platform of receiving higher education. Photo: Internet

    The internet and the second printing revolution

    - Jun 15, 2016 9:01am
    In a new book titled “The 100 most influential figures of the second millennium”, Johannes Gutenberg, the German blacksmith who introduced the mechanical movable type printing to Europe in the 15th century, ranks very high on...
  • A blizzard in December last year epitomizes the harsh conditions in Russia's far east. Photo: internet

    Russia eyes development potential in its far east

    - Jun 8, 2016 10:43am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin recently issued an executive order encouraging Russians to explore the far eastern region of the country. Under the order, all Russian citizens are eligible to apply to the authorities of the Far Eastern...
  • The 2015 Hong Kong movie Helios features an espionage plot inspired by some historical events in the city. Photo: Media Asia Film

    What a movie tells us about HK as an espionage capital

    - Jun 6, 2016 2:40pm
    Helios (赤道), a 2015 Hong Kong crime thriller, was truly one of a kind on the local film scene, with a plot full of twists that ended in a cliffhanger. The movie featured an international ensemble cast...
  • Will Rodrigo Duterte deliver on his promise to fight crime in the Philippines, or will he end up as corrupt as most of his predecessors? Photo: ABS-CBN

    Is Rodrigo Duterte the real deal?

    - Jun 1, 2016 10:35am
    Ever since a billionaire real estate developer took the United States by storm in the country’s presidential primaries, “Donald Trump” has become a nickname for any politician who is not afraid to defy political correctness and...
  • King Willem-Alexander (inset) has publicly declared that the era of the welfare state for the Netherlands is over. Photo:, internet

    Is the Netherlands really paradise on earth?

    - May 30, 2016 9:57am
    Many of my friends have told me they long for the kind of laid-back and carefree lifestyle in European countries — in particular, the Netherlands, which is famous for its high level of social liberty and...
  • The finance ministers of (from left) West Germany, France, the United States, Britain and Japan signed a historic currency adjustment agreement in New York City's Plaza Hotel in 1985. Photo: internet

    Did the Plaza Accord ‘conspiracy’ doom Japan, and is China next?

    - May 18, 2016 9:50am
    The Plaza Accord, a multilateral agreement concluded among the United States, Japan, West Germany, France and Britain in 1985 to depreciate the US dollar against the yen and the Deutsche mark, has often been seen as...
  • Bernie Sanders appeals to the young and working class, who are fed up with business as usual in US politics. Photo: AFP

    How Bernie Sanders is riding the tide of support for change

    - May 12, 2016 11:11am
    Senator Bernie Sanders, now a household name in the United States, is one of the most polarizing and extraordinary personalities in the political scene in Washington in recent decades. Even though his chances of getting the...
  • China imports billions of barrels of crude oil from Nigeria each year. Nigeria is China's second largest export market in Africa, accounting for 8 percent of exports to the continent. Photo: Internet

    Why Nigeria prefers China to the West

    - May 5, 2016 1:39pm
    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari received little media attention during a recent visit to China but the trip could ultimately prove critical in advancing bilateral relations.      The increasingly close ties between the two countries could also...
  • The Kenya “kidnapping” could be just a prelude to a more heavy-handed crackdown by Beijing on Taiwan in the days ahead. Photo: Xinhua

    Is China bullying Taiwan in the Kenya case?

    - Apr 22, 2016 10:11am
    Recently, the Kenyan authorities deported 45 Taiwanese who had been convicted of telephone fraud against mainland Chinese and sent them back to China on a Chinese flight at Beijing’s request. The deportation immediately provoked a strong...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman during an official trip to Prague late last month. Photo: AFP

    Sino-Czech relations: Is everything really hunky-dory?

    - Apr 14, 2016 4:54pm
    After the fall of the Eastern Bloc in the early 90s, the Czech Republic became increasingly pro-western and pro-democracy, and turned critical of China’s human rights record. The former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, even invited the...
  • The documents leaked from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca won't change anything, because western governments need tax havens to provide secrecy for the funding of their intelligence operations. Photo: internet

    The Panama Papers won’t change anything

    - Apr 8, 2016 4:16pm
    Dubbed the “biggest leak in history”, the Panama Papers recently released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have taken the international community by storm. [Editor's note: Heads are already rolling, as the prime minister of...
  • Penang has the largest Chinese population among all Malaysian states. And many of those people speak Cantonese. Photo: Internet

    Missing the old HK? Try Penang

    - Mar 31, 2016 4:57pm
    Preservation of traditional Chinese characters and the Cantonese dialect has become a key element in the nativism campaign in Hong Kong in recent years. Many see the city as one of the last few remaining strongholds...

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