KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES — “Ask not what America can do for you! Ask rather what you can do for America.” If US President Joe Biden were in a position to send a sincere and honest message to the rest of the world in his recent inaugural address, these are the…Full Article ASIAN PERSUASION: THE US NEEDS HELP
TOM PLATE WRITES — It’s embarrassing. Like some televangelist preacher caught with his pants down at an out-of-town house-of-pleasure, America has been caught with its democracy down. Point one: a scary but also confused and confusing coup d’etat – another to come? Point two: A Republican president who should never…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: HOW BEIJING CAN LEAD AFTER THE CAPITOL CHAOS
Here is a clip of Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky’s comment on the current U.S.-China relations on the @CSIS panel: A Conversation with Former USTRS. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky served as United States Trade Representative (USTR), the country’s top trade negotiator, from 1997 to 2001. She was the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from…Full Article SINO-U.S. RELATIONS: WE ARE NOT AT THE END OF HISTORY WITH CHINA
TOM PLATE WRITES — You have to wonder how well (if at all) General Secretary Xi Jinping and President Joseph Biden are going to get along. Imagine such a splendid scene as this! With TV cameras broadcasting live around the world you see the leader of the Peoples Republic of…Full Article TENSE CHINA-US RELATIONS: DO BIDEN AND XI HAVE THE ANSWER?
ELLA KELLEHER WRITES — Many are already aware of how the Uyghur people are interned at “reeducation” camps in Xinjiang, the Western province of China. Few realize, however, that ethnic Kazakhs have also been subjected to the same mass extermination and forced labor. Mainstream media propagates that both ethnic Uyghurs…Full Article KAZAKHSTAN: ETHNIC KAZAKHS IN XINJIANG
MONICA KELLY WRITES — On average, a woman spends eight years of her life menstruating – yet the topic of periods remains taboo and is stigmatized in China. This November, in a bid to end ‘period shame,’ women attending Chinese universities set up free sanitary pad dispensers in bathrooms. These…Full Article CHINA: STOPPING THE BLAME AND SHAME GAME AGAINST WOMEN
TOM PLATE WRITES — The filling of key policy positions in the incoming Biden administration proceeds apace. But so far, none of the announced or expected top-level appointees proffer particular savvy or expertise about Beijing. The designated Biden secretary of state is Antony Blinken, whose dedicated career competence and sensible style…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: BIDEN’S AMERICA & XI’S CHINA MUST EVOLVE BEYOND MUTUAL DEMONISATION
TIA CARR WRITES – Over 90% of Chinese citizens say they are willing to take a vaccine for Covid-19. Russians come in at less than 55%. Why? Surveys show that only around 70% of the global population would be “very or somewhat likely to take a COVID-19 vaccine.” They say…Full Article CHINA: IS PUBLIC READINESS FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE SCIENCE-BASED, OR A SHOT IN THE DARK?
TOM PLATE WRITES — The truth about the swelling importance of the People’s Republic of China in the Asia-Pacific is that without America’s corresponding help, unintended as it was of course, the reversal of position would not have happened as quickly. Perhaps it all began in 1997, with the collapse…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: BEIJING CAN BE A CONTRIBUTOR TO PEACE AND PROSPERITY
ALI AL-SABAH WRITES – The previous waves of mobile communication were driven by European and American countries. The race has shifted – now dominated by China and American. Many might ask why it is even a race — why is the gaining of faster speeds such a whirlwind that seems…Full Article THE 5G GRAND PRIX: A SIMPLE EXPLANATION
MONICA KELLY WRITES — Is prison population growth an indicator of justice in Asia? On November 2, Hong Kong officials announced a record-breaking seizure of over half-a-ton of methamphetamine reportedly worth $39 million USD. Drug trafficking is not new to Asia: the continent’s meth trade is estimated to be worth…Full Article HONG KONG: LONG SENTENCES AND THE SHORT END OF THE STICK FOR FEMALE DRUG OFFENDERS
KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES (courtesy of The Straits Times) — The first American president to enter my personal consciousness was John F. Kennedy. It wasn’t his stirring rhetoric that reached me as a child in Singapore. It was the news of his assassination. The sense of loss was globally palpable. History…Full Article CHINA-US TENSIONS: BIDEN SHOULD PRESS THE ‘PAUSE BUTTON’
TOM PLATE WRITES — A re-released photo of Joe Biden, then U.S. vice-president, on the North-South Korean border, is being touted by some as evidence of embedded American imperial complacency. Yet it’s almost a required photo stop for American politicians who, as if some mountain-climbing Edmund Hilary, can never be happy…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: A SUCCESSFUL BIDEN PRESIDENCY NEEDS TO HEAL BILATERAL TIES AND RESPECT ALLIES
CADY-BREE ABE WRITES — Both audiences and critics alike are over the moon for, yes, Over the Moon, the newest computer animated feature to hit Netflix on October 23. The Chinese film, produced by Peilin Chou (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Abominable”), stars Chinese-Filipina actress/singer Cathy Ang as Fei Fei, American born…Full Article CHINA: THE NEW ANIMATED FEATURE “OVER THE MOON” OUTSHINES “MULAN”
ELLA KELLEHER WRITES — Lust, Caution (2007) made by the visionary director, Ang Lee, is an erotic espionage film1 that begins in 1938, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The story of this film has been believed by many to be inspired by true events and the life of a Chinese…Full Article LOOKING BACK: ‘LUST, CAUTION’ THE GREAT MOVIE