17 July 2018

Ding Wang

HKEJ columnist
  • That Liu Xia was suddenly set free and allowed to leave the country following Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s recent official visit to Germany is hardly a coincidence. Photo: Reuters

    Contributing factors behind Liu Xia’s release

    - Jul 16, 2018 12:06pm
    After eight years under house arrest, Liu Xia, the widow of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, was finally released by the Chinese government on medical parole and allowed to go to Germany on...
  • Hong Kong’s ‘traditional way of life’ includes the Cantonese language. Hence, the use of Cantonese as the medium of instruction for school kids should be respected, say observers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Debunking a myth about Mandarin

    - May 25, 2018 10:43am
    The “big brother” portrayed by famous British author George Orwell in his classic novel 1984 is constantly spying on his people and trying to indoctrinate them with absurd misconceptions, or the so-called “Orwellian nonsense”, a phrase...
  • Karl Marx strongly criticized capitalism in his works and incited hatred against the bourgeoisie. Photo:

    What was the real Karl Marx like?

    - Sep 22, 2017 9:44am
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. While the academic circles in the mainland have remained rather indifferent to this special occasion, Chinese officialdom and...
  • After Liu Xiaobo died, international attention has shifted to the well-being and freedom of his widow, Liu Xia. Photo: Reuters

    Why can’t Beijing just go easy on Liu Xia?

    - Jul 21, 2017 11:03am
    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has passed away, but his spirit and legacy continue to live on not only among the Chinese people but in the international community as well. The Economist ran a cover...
  • The outbreak of the Anti-Rightist Movement was soon followed by the Great Famine between 1858 and1962. Photo:

    China was hell on earth during the Anti-Rightist Movement

    - Jun 23, 2017 10:00am
    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Anti-Rightist Movement. As expected, all official mouthpieces and state-run media in the mainland are strictly forbidden to touch on the highly sensitive subject. However, while...
  • “We must lure the snakes away from their hideouts so that we can kill them” has become a famous quote from Ma Zedong. Photo:

    The 1957 Anti-Rightist Movement: A warning from history

    - Jun 9, 2017 4:04pm
    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the notorious Anti-Rightist Movement in China. It is estimated that during the movement, at least 550,000 civilians were labelled “rightist bourgeois”, many of whom were intellectuals,...
  • Yang Shuping says she was just trying to share her experience and had no intention to bad-mouth her own country. Photo: YouTube

    Chinese student praise of fresh air in US sparks uproar at home

    - May 26, 2017 10:15am
    Yang Shuping, a young woman from Kunming in Yunnan province who has been studying at the University of Maryland in the US in the past four years, recently delivered a speech at its graduation ceremony. During...
  • While official media have been showering Chinese President Xi Jinping with praises regarding his One Belt One Road vision, Western media have a lot of doubts about the true motives behind the plan. Photo: Bloomberg

    One Belt, One Road summit: Same event, different portrayals

    - May 19, 2017 10:09am
    The two-day One Belt, One Road summit, one of the most eagerly anticipated international events in China this year, ended on May 15. Party mouthpieces referred to the meeting as a high-level international conference with far-reaching...
  • Areas marked black on the map represent those with the least press freedom among the 180 countries and regions covered by the RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Photo: RSF

    Press freedom in Hong Kong is hanging by a thread

    - May 5, 2017 10:05am
    According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index published recently by Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), or Reporters Without Borders, Hong Kong is down four places to 73rd among 180 countries and regions that were studied. In...
  • Restoring a sense of political security to the people of Hong Kong would be crucial to Carrie Lam’s success as a leader in the next five years. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Carrie Lam can clear the hurdles to effective governance

    - Apr 18, 2017 10:28am
    On April 11, Premier Li Keqiang issued State Council Order 678 in Beijing, officially appointing Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor the fifth chief executive of Hong Kong. At the appointment ceremony, Li told Lam that he expected...
  • Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam shakes hands with Zhang Xiaoming, director of Beijing's Liaison Office, in a post-election visit. Photo: HKEJ

    CE election just a formality in the eyes of Beijing

    - Mar 31, 2017 10:14am
    As expected, former chief secretary Carrie Lam swept to victory in the chief executive election on Sunday by gaining 777 votes, accounting for 67 percent of the total number of votes, whereas her major opponent, former...
  • Hu Yaobang was instrumental in lifting China out of poverty through his support for economic reforms. Photo:

    Hu Yaobang: A great leader Chinese people will always miss

    - Mar 24, 2017 1:00pm
    Li Zhao (李昭), wife of the late Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang (胡耀邦), died recently in Beijing at the age of 96. While the party held an official memorial service for her at the Babaoshan Revolutionary...
  • Protesters holding Chinese flags and Mao Zedong posters call for a boycott of South Korean goods in northeastern China's Jilin province on March 5. Photo: AFP

    Anti-Lotte protests in China: Red Guards’ toxic legacy lives on

    - Mar 10, 2017 10:37am
    On Tuesday, the first unit of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missiles arrived in South Korea, and was deployed to the eastern province of North Gyeongsang. It is expected to become operational in two months’...
  • Although the world's second largest economy, China only ranks No. 78 in terms of GDP per capita. Photo: Reuters

    Why China lags far behind Hong Kong in economic freedom

    - Feb 24, 2017 11:14am
    Hong Kong has kept its status as “the freest economy in the world” for the 23rd consecutive year in the annual ranking by the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation, while Taiwan is ranked No. 11 and mainland...
  • Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa greets Carrie Lam with a hug in a recent public event, a sign that Lam is the chosen one for the city’s top job. Photo: RTHK

    When it comes to CE elections, Beijing never misses

    - Feb 17, 2017 10:01am
    With the small-circle election for chief executive just a month away, some pro-democracy members of the Election Committee have vowed to make the election as competitive as possible by nominating two candidates, most likely retired judge...
  • China is producing too much low-quality produce and an inadequate amount of high-grade stuff the market wants.Photo: China Daily

    Why China’s bid to improve agriculture is a losing battle

    - Feb 10, 2017 9:42am
    Recently, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council jointly issued the so-called “Document No.1”. (Editor’s note: “Document No.1” refers to the first major policy document issued by the CPC leadership...
  • Deng Xiaoping (center) urged the entire party to stop debating whether China was still socialist or becoming capitalist and focus on economic development instead during his monumental “southern tour” in 1992. Photo:

    The People’s Commune: Modern-day slave camp

    - Feb 3, 2017 9:26am
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s monumental “southern tour” from Jan. 18 to Feb. 21, 1992. Official mouthpieces and the academic sector in the mainland would probably commemorate the event in a high-profile...
  • Zhou Youguang will be remembered for his contribution to the Romanization of Chinese characters and for his uncompromising stance against the Cultural Revolution. Photo: AFP

    The re-enlightenment movement of Chinese Pinyin founding father

    - Jan 20, 2017 10:11am
    Zhou Youguang (周有光), the renowned Chinese linguistics professor, died on January 14 in Beijing at the age of 111. In obituaries published by some relatively liberal mainland media outlets such as Beijing News and, Zhou was...
  • Over the years, there has been a heated debate over the role of Premier Zhou Enlai (right) during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution. Some say Zhou was an accomplice while others say he was a victim of the movement, too. Photo:

    Who were the other key players in the Cultural Revolution?

    - Jan 13, 2017 9:47am
    Mainland officialdom has issued orders to ban all forms of public discussion and commemorative activities concerning the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution. Meanwhile, both the academic sector and the general public in...
  • If Chief Secretary Carrie Lam is so confident that the Forbidden City Museum idea would be welcomed by the public, she shouldn’t be so concerned about meeting objections in the course of public consultation. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Carrie Lam avoids public consultation

    - Jan 6, 2017 10:09am
    Under the one-party dictatorship in the mainland, high ranking officials rarely consult the common people before making any decision, because they believe they, as the ruling class, are almighty and omnipotent, therefore they don’t see any...

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