23 January 2019

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
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi strongly criticized South Korea’s THAAD decision. Photo: CNSA, flickr/Mark Holloway

    Big power diplomacy behind THAAD Offensive

    - Aug 18, 2016 11:46am
    Ever since South Korea approved the United States’ plan to deploy the THAAD missile system on its soil, relations between Beijing and Seoul have suddenly hit rock bottom. For China, the THAAD system is far more...
  • Since Kim Jong-un took power, North Korea has been giving China the cold shoulder, like test-firing missiles without notifying Beijing beforehand. Photo: Reuters

    How North Korean defector in Hong Kong may end up

    - Aug 12, 2016 9:51am
    Yesterday I mentioned that Beijing’s stance towards North Korean asylum seekers saw a positive change in 2012, thanks to the improved relations between China and South Korea. Another factor that contributed to the sudden policy change...
  • Xi Jinping delivers a speech at Seoul National University in this 2014 photo. Improved relations between Beijing and Seoul have prompted China to adopt a more sympathetic attitude toward North Korean defectors. Photo: Bloomberg

    Beijing’s policy change on N Korean asylum seekers

    - Aug 11, 2016 11:24am
    The recent defection of a teenage North Korean participant of the International Math Olympiad in Hong Kong has sparked public concern about how Beijing will handle this diplomatic challenge. It might still be premature to predict...
  • Holding a bottle of water produced by Taiping Island, former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou said the island can produce three tons of good quality drinking water a day, enough for 1,500 people. Photo: Chinanews

    The vulnerability of academics amid partisan conflict

    - Aug 8, 2016 10:43am
    A renowned international law academic in Taiwan has been caught in the line of political fire over the Hague tribunal’s ruling that Taiping Island is only a rock, not an island. In April last year, Taipei...
  • Many islands controlled by major economic powers have been downgraded to a rock under The Hague ruling. Photo: DigitalGlobe

    Rock or island? Why The Hague ruling is unenforceable

    - Aug 5, 2016 11:26am
    What exactly is an island? The question has pre-occupied international law experts since an arbitral panel in The Hague dismissed most of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. In fact, the ruling that Taiping...
  • Following the Brexit vote, Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right PVV party in the Netherlands, has said that it is time for 'Nexit'. Credit: Irishtimes

    Why the 2017 Dutch election will be watched very closely

    - Aug 4, 2016 12:29pm
    The rise of extreme right-wing political parties has become unstoppable in Europe, not only in big powers such as Britain and France but also in smaller countries like the Netherlands. For example, the extreme rightist party...
  • In 2015 alone, Germany received more than a million refugees, the majority of whom came from Syria. Photo: Bloomberg

    Germany’s refugee-friendly policy at a crossroads

    - Aug 2, 2016 10:59am
    Not all of the four consecutive terrorist attacks on Germany last week were committed by new Muslim immigrants or refugees, but the magnitude of the attacks is enough to cause widespread fear among the German public,...
  • Social media savvy Clifford Hart is a great model for diplomats in other countries. He set a new tone for interational relations as an "iDiplomat". Photo: Facebook

    How Clifford BB set a new tone for diplomacy

    - Aug 1, 2016 1:24pm
    Clifford Hart, whom local netizens fondly call Clifford BB, served out his term as US consul general to Hong Kong last month. He was probably the most high-profile, the most popular and the best-known US representative...
  • Retired police superintendent James Elms said society and the police stood together throughout the 1967 riots but the force today has to enforce laws in a more divided society. Photos: Internet

    A Hong Kong Police story from a Eurasian superintendent

    - Jul 25, 2016 4:31pm
    Hong Kong police always find themselves caught in the middle of two contending camps as tensions and conflicts in society rise.  Last year alone, police had to handle 1,142 protests and rallies. In many of these demonstrations, pro-democracy...
  • The deployment of THAAD in South Korea represents a major setback in Beijing's continued efforts to secure the trust and friendship of Seoul. Photo: Reuters/US Department of Defense

    The THAAD deployment: China’s diplomatic Waterloo

    - Jul 22, 2016 10:17am
    While the Hague ruling on the South China Sea dispute has remained the focus of international attention, another new development in East Asia has largely gone under the public radar. This is the conclusion of a...
  • There have been calls to expand the role of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and place it under the United Nations as is the case for the more prestigious International Court of Justice. Photo: Internet

    Why The Hague arbitration tribunal is influential

    - Jul 21, 2016 10:49am
    The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague may not be as prestigious as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but its decisions should not be underestimated. This is because the tribunal is the first...
  • 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...

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