19 February 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
  • China aims to enhance its economic and geopolitical interests through the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives. Credit:

    Why China is so keen on pushing ‘One Belt, One Road’

    - Feb 23, 2015 12:56pm
    After announcing the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” in September and October 2013 respectively, Chinese leader Xi Jinping began promoting the concepts actively last year. The Silk Road Economic Belt starts from...
  • Concepts such as "national security" and "subversion of state power" have come into play in Bangladesh war crimes trials. Credit:

    Retribution vs justice: What do Bangladesh war trials tell us?

    - Feb 10, 2015 2:50pm
    In October 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh held an important trial that has probably escaped the attention of most people outside the country. A leader of the opposition party was charged with “war crime”...
  • Women queue for food at a refugee center in Chad after fleeing violence in Nigeria. Boko Haram militants have razed many villages and murdered hundreds in West Africa, but world powers have largely chosen to ignore that mayhem. Photo: Reuters

    Why Boko Haram is getting away with murder

    - Jan 30, 2015 8:06am
    Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based Islamic militant group, destroyed two towns in the country recently. Last year, the group kidnapped a number of female students. But apart from regional reports, there was limited international coverage. Compared to...
  • For many people, "Chinese Dream" means a corruption-free nation. Photo: Reuters

    What ‘Chinese Dream’ means to the masses

    - Jan 23, 2015 3:54pm
    President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream” encapsulates his vision of the nation’s future. It is about national rejuvenation, a more prosperous society and a better quality of life for the people. But apart from the official line, the...
  • Singapore has developed a hinterland network that is more multi-dimensional than that of Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hinterland networks: Why Singapore is scoring over HK

    - Jan 23, 2015 9:46am
    In his 1996 book “Hong Kong: Asia’s Network City”, economic historian Takeshi Hamashita had identified eight hinterlands for Hong Kong, ranging from Northeast Asia to Southeast Asia. They are: 1. The coastal regions from South China to...
  • President Xi Jinping is willing to challenge the United States over the right of discourse in the international arena. Photo: AFP

    How Xi’s bluntness contrasts with Hu’s risk aversion

    - Jan 14, 2015 5:11pm
    In the era of Hu Jintao, complacent words and phrases were subjected to self-censorship to avoid creating misunderstanding and suspicion in the international arena or challenging the international discourse dominated by the United States. For example, “peaceful...
  • Lam Pou Chuen had a unique voice that made Doraemon sound neither like a kid nor an ordinary adult but a special being that grows up with the audience. Photo: Hong Kong Allies

    HK Doraemon stands for golden period

    - Jan 14, 2015 9:43am
    The passing of Lam Pou Chuen — voice actor of the Japanese cartoon character Doraemon — earlier this month, made the headline of many local newspapers. His death shocked many fans. As one of them, I...
  • The Philippines' aggressive infrastructure program has created millions of jobs. Photo: Bloomberg

    Philippine economy: miracle or bubble?

    - Jan 12, 2015 12:23pm
    Last July, the population of the Philippines hit 100 million. All babies born around that particular time were given five thousand pesos as “souvenir”. This population threshold is considered a critical level for a country to...
  • Hong Kong and Taiwan are feeling nostalgic about their colonial past for very different reasons. Photo: HKEJ

    How Hong Kong and Taiwan evolved from colonial history

    - Dec 24, 2014 3:52pm
    Hong Kong and Taiwan have recently shown a strong attachment to their colonial history under the British and Japanese, respectively. However, there are some noticeable differences that likely led to very different paths for the former...

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