Why are so Many Hongkongers Moving to Taiwan?

By Nick Westra / 1 October 2017 / SCMP

The cha chaan teng (tea cafes) started by Michael Lee in 1999 could be carbon copies of those that punctuate street corners in North Point and Mong Kok. Staple foods like century egg and pork congee, pan-fried radish cakes and French toast with thick slabs of butter are dished out around the clock to customers in Art Deco seating areas adorned with posters dripping with nostalgia for Hong Kong, the city after which the chain is named. But one thing is out of place: the cafes are 800km away, in Taipei. Continue reading “Why are so Many Hongkongers Moving to Taiwan?”

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War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does Not Trust China

By Franz-Stefan Gady / September 29, 2017 / The Diplomat

The idea that China holds the key to solving the ongoing political and military crisis on the Korean Peninsula has been the standard jack-in-the-box of U.S. North Korea policy for the past seven decades, set to pop up whenever U.S.-North Korea tensions escalated and the threat of war thought imminent. Continue reading “War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does Not Trust China”

How will China’s sweeping pollution crackdown affect its economy?

by Jane Cai/ Sept 14, 2017/ SCMP

An unprecedented campaign against environmental pollution has led to 18,000 companies being punished across the country since last summer and more plant shutdowns. But the crackdown’s economic implications are just beginning to unfold.
Continue reading “How will China’s sweeping pollution crackdown affect its economy?”

Indonesia & China: The Sea Between

by Philip Bowring / Sept 13, 2017 / NYR Daily

Indonesia has long been cautious in confronting China’s claims in the South China Sea, so its announcement on July 14 that it was renaming a part of the area the “North Natuna Sea” may have come to many as surprise. The new name encompasses a region north of the Natuna islands that partly falls within the infamous “nine dash line,” by which China claims the sea stretching fifteen hundred miles from its mainland coast almost to the shores of Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. China immediately demanded a retraction—which it will not get. Continue reading “Indonesia & China: The Sea Between”

Beijing gnaws at rule of law in Hong Kong

Author: Alvin Y H Cheung, NYU /  East Asia Forum

The decision by Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal to drastically and retroactively increase the sentences of activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law has prompted widespread international concern. Continue reading “Beijing gnaws at rule of law in Hong Kong”

As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout

By Jason Koutsoukis and Dan Murtaugh / September 6, 2017 / Bloomberg

As Kim Jong Un’s antics in North Korea capture global attention, China is quietly moving to bolster its grip on disputed territory in the South China Sea. Continue reading “As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout”

Taiwan appoints new premier amid tense China relations

 September 5

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s president on Tuesday appointed a new premier seen as willing to reach out to rival China amid ongoing tense relations between the two sides. Continue reading “Taiwan appoints new premier amid tense China relations”

Explainer: what will China’s national anthem law mean for Hong Kong?

by Jeffie Lam / August 30, 2017/ SCMP

Hong Kong made headlines after hundreds of its soccer fans booed during the Chinese national anthem ahead of a World Cup qualifier between the city’s representative team and China in 2015.

Back then, the local soccer governing body was fined by international football authorities over the jeering. But such acts could soon become punishable by law in Hong Kong under proposed national anthem legislation currently making its way through the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature. Continue reading “Explainer: what will China’s national anthem law mean for Hong Kong?”