June 28, 2020

On the 4th of June, the world remembered an infamous day in Chinese history, known universally as the Tiananmen Square Protests. This day is also celebrated in China, yet is  known as “internet maintenance day in China” when significant amounts of China’s internet are...

April 17, 2020

In the middle of one of the worst pandemics in recent memory, US intelligence agencies have issued a stark warning; China may have deliberately understated the number of infections and deaths relating to coronavirus. This has major repercussions for the global response...

February 2, 2020

In the last month, the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus has become an increasing concern for the international community. The number of people infected by the virus now exceeds that of the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 and has forced many countries, such as the United Stat...

January 1, 2020

How did Hong Kong get here?

 After the failed trial of a Hong Kong resident who murdered his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan, the Legislative Council (LegCo) proposed an Extradition Bill which would have enabled countries that the city does not have extradition agreements...

December 9, 2019

What happens when an unmovable object is met with a seemingly unstoppable force? The intractable conflict between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the Chinese state might be instructive in this regard. Over the last six months, the streets of the wealthy semi-aut...

November 17, 2019

Despite nearly a decade of ‘flourishing’ ties between Taiwan and China under the presidency of Ma Jing-yeou, relations have taken a turn for the worse since the 2016 election. This is due to the pro-independence stance of the new Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, and...

September 1, 2019

Reports of prison camps holding up to a million people, persecuted on the basis of their religious and ethnic identity, held in horrific conditions in breach of their basic human rights, might seem to be harking back to the horrors of the past. However, these reports a...

April 4, 2019

“Cooperation is better than confrontation, and we have more to gain from opening than from being closed.” Such statements are routine from Emmanuel Macron, who praised multilateralism in the heart of the US Congress in front of Donald Trump. It is no surprise that he w...

January 11, 2019

New HKD1,000 banknotes released by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) have on them a panoramic view of the city’s financial centre - a renown trademark which defines Hong Kong’s economic robustness. The city is home to startups, duty-free trade, laissez-faire capi...

November 14, 2018

The United States has been the dominant player in the Pacific since the end of World War Two and has a well-established military presence in the region. Knowing this, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been engaging in a systematic effort to draw Pacific nations...

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