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keith K C Hui

Keith K C Hui is a Chinese University of Hong Kong graduate major in Government and Public Administration and the author of "Helmsman Ruler: China's Pragmatic Version of Plato's Ideal Political Succession System In The Republic" (2013).
keith K C Hui has written 172 posts for China News

NY Times discusses Beijing’s ‘first move’


The New York Times explained why they published an article (NYT Nov 24) written by FU Ying, former vice-foreign minister of China (2009-13) as follows: “… Today, we are publishing an Op-Ed by Fu Ying, a government official in China, which gives insight — in both what it says and what it doesn’t — into … Continue reading

Beijing’s moves and lesson amid US post-election chaos


At least three moves have been made by Beijing in its anticipation of the U.S. post-election chaos and paralysis. On June 16, my essay “As ‘not-re-elected’ Trump may refuse to quit, Beijing is preparing for US chaos” suggested that Beijing would seize this opportunity to enhance its positions in the competition with the United States. … Continue reading

The US-China digital currency competition


RMB200 digital cash was given freely to each of 50,000 consumers selected by a lottery in Shenzhen, mainland China, in early Oct as an experimental trial for use (Reuters Oct 19). Each consumer is given a ‘digital wallet’ with the digital cash from the Central Bank by downloading an App onto his/her smart phone. Payment … Continue reading

Taiwan Strait’s change is also waiting for US presidential post-election chaos


A Taiwan Strait civil war is what Washington hopes for. A first gun shot from Taipei is what Beijing hopes for. A direct military participation from the U.S. is what Taipei hopes for. It is the waiting game all have been playing with since 2019. A new variable has come into play, that is the … Continue reading

‘Foreign Affairs’ warns against US-China decoupling


The influential journal Foreign Affairs 2020 Sept 16 came to my mailbox with these paragraphs: “… There is broad bipartisan support in Washington for taking a tougher approach to trade with China and reducing U.S. dependence on Chinese goods. But is it a good idea to try to sever the two countries’ economic ties? Henry … Continue reading

Mulan 2020: Women in key roles.


Disney’s film ‘Mulan’ 2020 is a superb display of femininity. Niki Caro is now known as the first female director making a USD200+ million budget movie. Caro has proved she is not merely able to master the production of this piece of art up to this large scale, but also has succeeded in making this … Continue reading

Gold, Vaccine, and Chinese Renminbi/US Dollar


“Gold prices rose through and $10 above the $2000 per ounce level in London trade Tuesday (Aug 18), peaking $65 below early August’s record spike ($2,075 on Aug 7) …” “Silver meantime outpaced gold prices once more, rising back above $28 per ounce after breaching that level for the first time in over 7 years … Continue reading

A new US tactic: Pompeo suggests to change CCP’s behavior


“…And if we don’t act now, ultimately the CCP will erode our freedoms and subvert the rules-based order that our societies have worked so hard to build. “If we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the Chinese Communist Party, whose actions are the primary challenge today in the … Continue reading

Deep in the Thucydides Trap, but US-China is far from a ‘hot’ war


The term ‘Thucydides Trap’ has become a hot topic after American political scientist Graham T. Allison published his book ‘Destined for War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap?’ in 2017. It suggests that a war is likely to happen when an emerging power, say, a ranked number 2 power (#2), threatens to displace … Continue reading

Pyongyang helping Beijing strengthen ties with Seoul


North Korea kept its promise to dismantle its nuclear facilities but still the US refused to lift the economic sanctions. What was worse was that Washington did not allow Seoul to engage in normal trade with Pyongyang within the Korean Peninsula. It is so silly and illogical that when the two Koreas want to enjoy … Continue reading

As ‘not-re-elected’ Trump may refuse to quit, Beijing is preparing for US chaos


“… the military will escort Mr. Trump out of the White House if he loses the election and doesn’t leave …” said Joe Biden when being asked about such a scenario (CBS News June 11). Do not be so naïve because should Trump really refuse to step down, he probably had had some sort of … Continue reading

Meritocracy: from China to worldwide in the 21st Century


At the end of my 2019 Sept 11 China News post ‘Mooncake and China’s ascending culture’, I said “… I will start a series of articles explaining the nature of the present regime in China, so as to let readers realize why it may be able to survive, and maintain a balance against the liberal … Continue reading

What next after US sanctions China’s Hong Kong SAR?


Washington has been deadly sure to sanction China in certain way (Bloomberg May 26). While the COVID-19 pandemic may not be a sufficiently justified excuse, Beijing’s move to enact a national security law (Guardian May 28) for its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK) is more than welcome by President Trump and the ‘Deep State’. … Continue reading

How could the isolated post-pandemic China survive?


Both COVID-19 and political tensions will obstruct cross-border human traffic as well as civilian purchases in the coming, at least, two years. Realistically speaking, for example, Chinese tourists will be much less welcome in the retail streets of the ANZ, Canada, the US and western European countries. It is therefore definitely not a surprise to … Continue reading

UK Lancet Editor: ‘unfair to blame China for COVID-19’


Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the renowned medical journal The Lancet said on May 1 Friday during an interview by CCTV that “China isn’t responsible for this pandemic. It’s happened.” “… saying that while it is important to understand the origin of the virus, it was ‘not helpful’ and ‘not scientific’ to seek for a … Continue reading

Can China recover faster and better after Coronavirus ?


The Plague of Athens (429-426 BC), probably an outbreak of smallpox or typhus after the arrival of a ship from Ethiopia, claimed between 75,000 to 100,000 lives in the city-state. Yet, Athens managed to survive after the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) against Sparta. After Socrates’ death in 399 BC, Plato (424-348 BC) laid down the … Continue reading

‘China Shock’ 2.0 is haunting the U.S.


‘The China Shock Doctrine’, written by Samual Hammond and published in The American Enterprise Institute’s National Affairs Issue Number 41 – Fall 2019, is a nearly 5,000 words long essay on how the United States was shocked by China’s success in upgrading and diversifying its own manufacturing capacity in general and engineering talents in particular. … Continue reading

Saudi oil attack cultivates a critical juncture for China to play a role


The Sep 14 Saudi Arabia oil attack exposed at least three issues. First, Saudi is highly vulnerable. It seems there is a lack of sufficient military capacities of detecting intrusion, becoming alert to attack timely, and taking immediate reactions to protect the facilities, etc. Second, Saudi did not get sufficient protection from the U.S. at … Continue reading

Mooncake and China’s ascending culture


Like turkey for Thanksgiving Day, mooncake for the full-moon Mid-Autumn Festival in China is a must. It is dated on the 15th day of August in Lunar Calendar (Sep 13 Friday, this year 2019). Its meaning is more than family gathering since its history includes politics, literature, music , and of course myths. The mooncake … Continue reading

Obama’s ‘first film’ is too late to soften US-China antagonism


This film documents what happened to an Ohio General Motors plant that closed after the 2008 financial crisis and was later bought by a Chinese company. Its name is ‘American Factory’. CBS News reported that it is the “first documentary produced by (former President) Barack and Michelle Obama for Netflix. Directed by veteran independent filmmakers … Continue reading

John Pilger warns a West-China ‘war situation’ is developing


“World War 3: The West is already at war with Russia and China”, warns John Pilger (1939- ), two times ‘Journalist of the Year’ 1967 and 1979 (British Press Awards), ‘International Reporter of the Year 1970’ (Society of Editors), and producer of over 50 documentaries (one got BAFTA award 1991). His such a polemical view, … Continue reading

A quick look at Dalio’s warning of US T-Bond weaponization by China


World’s largest hedge fund manager, Ray Dalio of Bridgewater, said “he wouldn’t rule out China using its Treasury holdings to gain an upper hand against the U.S, in the trade war — a view that contrasts with many other observers …” reported by CNBC on Aug 16. In the wake of China’s USD1.11 trillion of … Continue reading

Assuming Versace, Coach and Givenchy are simply careless, it still matters to China


“…This weekend, all three companies (Givenchy, Coach, and Versace) apologized to Chinese customers after backlash over inaccurate T-shirt designs… “Between Sunday night and early Monday morning, both Givenchy and Coach issued apologies after social media users called for a boycott of the brands due to separate T-shirts from both fashion houses that suggested Hong Kong … Continue reading

Why Myanmar prefers China to the West


In early August 2019, Myanmar proudly celebrated their first domestically produced car. The manufacturer, which is a China-Myanmar joint venture, can produce 5,000 local brand vehicles a year. On Sep 18, 2012, when Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, hugged with Aung San Suu Kyi (1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate) passionately and joyfully, … Continue reading

China joins Russia and allies experimenting blockchain tech to dethrone USD


“China, Iran, Venezuela are developing crypto in effort to dethrone US”, reported by Yahoo Finance on July 11, quoting a report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange in digital form, and more importantly, it operates outside the conventional central and commercial banking systems which are now … Continue reading

UK-China relations depends on tactics Boris Johnson will adopt


The prospect of the UK-China relation, according to the analysis of the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at King’s College London, is that: “ … the UK will be left out if the EU is able to negotiate more favourable access for European companies to … Continue reading

Southeast Asia overtook US as China’s 2nd major trade partner, and why it matters


“The U.S. is losing importance as a trading partner of China as their tariff war drags on, dropping a notch to third place in the first half of 2019 to trail the European Union and Southeast Asia…” reported by Nikkei Asian Review on July 13. “… Trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations grew … Continue reading

US’ Bible shortage (caused by Trump’s tariff) reminds the world of CCP’s Marxist doctrine


‘USA Today’ reported on July 8: “… Religious publishers say President Donald Trump’s most recent proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage. That’s because millions of Bibles – some estimates put it at 150 million or more – are printed in China each year …” While the Chinese factories print Bibles … Continue reading

Africa News explains why Africa will choose Huawei


Africanews’ June 6 article “Why Africa will choose Beijing in ongoing US-China trade war” provides valuable information to support my May 22 comment here that Africans have a decisive role in shaping Huawei’s global future. “… Much of the continent’s telecommunications backbone has been built and is still being built by Huawei. Should Huawei get … Continue reading

China-Japan relations won’t be altered by Trump’s ridiculous ‘unfair military alliance’ remark


Tokyo (and probably the whole world) was shocked when Bloomberg News reported on June 25 that: “President Donald Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing from a longstanding defense treaty with Japan, according to three people familiar with the matter, in his latest complaint about what he sees as unfair U.S. security pacts… “… … Continue reading

Science journal ‘Nature’ says Chinese investments fuel growth in African science


“… US hegemony is the result of objective material conditions … the perpetuation of US primacy is a matter of policy …” (Layne 2006, p.12) It is one of the most academically known conceptions about ‘Hegemony’ stipulated by Christopher Layne (1949- ), a neo-realist and the Chair in Intelligence and National Security at the George … Continue reading

Canada is the second to suffer from China’s plastic waste import ban


“… ‘It was like an earthquake,’ Arnaud Brunet, director general of Brussels-based industry group The Bureau of International Recycling, said…” reported by AFP on Jan 21, 2018. It was a response to China’s official ban of plastic waste import with effect from the first day of 2018. “The EU exports half of its collected and … Continue reading

The Regan-Liu (Fox-CGTN) Debate did have winners


The essay title “A debate with no winner” was used to describe the “first time in history” TV live debate between Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan and China Global TV Network (CGTN)’s Liu Xin by The Star Online on June 3. Was there really no winner? The background to this debate, briefly speaking, is that: … Continue reading

US-China ‘trade’ war, if not ended soon, may spill over to ‘finance’


“On the international monetary front, the key problem was the acute dollar shortage in post-war Europe … In the effort to reconstruct a viable Western Europe, the United States conceded degrees of protection and discrimination in trade that were incompatible with its original blueprint …” Ian Clark, a Fellow of the British Academy and a … Continue reading

Huawei’s global future? Africans have a decisive role


After being cut off by service providers like Google and hardware suppliers including Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx, Huawei’s future in the OECD countries is definitely dim. Populous Asian countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines, with sizable markets, will probably hold on for a while to see what is going to happen next. As the … Continue reading

China’s top negotiator underperformed his job in the China-US trade talk


Liu He, China’s Vice Premier and the top negotiator for the current China-US trade talk, did not do his job good enough as he either said too much yes during the face-to-face talks, or significantly underestimated the ultimate terms, including the last-minute requests, demanded by the Trump administration. As I said last year, Trump could … Continue reading

Managing TikTok Internet app is the first global test to China’s cultural power


The Beijing-based TikTok “added approximately 13.2 million new users [in] the United States during Q1[2019]…” reported on April 10 by the Mobile App Store marketing intelligence agent Sensor Tower. If you do not know what TikTok is, this Influencer Marketing article tells you ‘All you need to know about TikTok in 2019”: “… TikTok is … Continue reading

Ukraine’s Stepan Kubiv proposes a China-EU corridor via Ukraine


Stepan Kubiv, the First Deputy PM of Ukraine, while attending the Belt and Road Initiative forum in Beijing on April 25, “offered” to build a logistics corridor to link China and the EU through Ukraine. Just 4 days before this official ‘offer’, an actor (comedian) Volodymry Zelensky was elected as the next president of Ukraine. … Continue reading

US using Iran to punish China for supporting Venezuela


The Trump administration announced on April 22 that “buyers of Iranian oil must stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions …” reported by CNBC on April 23. “The move, which took many market participants by surprise, ends six months of waivers which had allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers of crude to continue to import … Continue reading

Chinese netizens’ response to the Notre Dame fire and the meaning of ‘freedom’


In China, “ … the trending Weibo hashtag #NotreDameCathedralLargeFire (#巴黎圣母院大火#) has been followed over 1.2 billion times, and over 500,000 netizens are discussing the topic ….” as reported by an April 16 article published on Thatsmags.com, most of the Chinese netizens feel sorry and sad to see the blaze and destruction to the historical building. … Continue reading

RAND: “Russia can be contained, but China cannot.” Really?


A recent research conducted by RAND Army Research Division says that “Russia is not a peer or near-peer competitor but rather a well-armed rogue state that seeks to subvert an international order it can never hope to dominate. In contrast, China is a peer competitor that wants to shape an international order that it can … Continue reading

A map ‘error’ solidifies China’s resoluteness to support Russia to confront US over Venezuela


Surprise?! Ten weeks after the US-backed Juan Guaidó declared himself the ‘interim president’ of Venezuela on Jan 23, Nicolás Maduro’s government is still alive. What is diplomatically significant is that on March 26, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang dared to say at the daily press briefing that “… Latin American affairs are not a … Continue reading

Bahrain, US 5th Fleet’s headquarters, signs 5G with Huawei


“Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying. Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology, saying Huawei could be used by Beijing to spy … Continue reading

U.S. warns Italy against joining China’s ‘One Belt One Road’


A spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisors warned Rome that “Italy is a major global economy and great investment destination. No need for Italian government to lend legitimacy to China’s infrastructure vanity project…” Euronews reported on March 9. Reuters further reported on March 15 that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte “… … Continue reading

Beijing is staring at Bernie Sanders’ and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ ‘socialist’ agenda


U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.” What a shock! The Business Insider immediately pointed out on March 10 that this is “essentially a restatement of Karl Marx’s Labour Theory of Value, which suggests that economies run into trouble when workers can’t afford to buy the … Continue reading

Switzerland’s acceptance of Huawei’s 5G is a step toward ‘International Society’


“Swiss mobile network operator, Sunrise, has confirmed that it will launch commercial 5G services in Switzerland this month (March 2019),” according to the UK-based Total Telecom’s news on March 1. “ At MWC 2019, Sunrise’s CEO, Olaf Swantee said that preparations for the launch were progressing well. Huawei is a key 5G supplier to Sunrise … Continue reading

Kim Jong-un’s through-China self-armored train trip to Vietnam is a breakthrough


The California-based ‘The Drive – War Zone’ has this description of Kim Jong-un’s armored train: “…These trains also pack critical communications gear, spaces for a small army of heavily armed guards, as well plenty of room for support staff and the VVIP’s aids. Cargo cars can carry armored vehicles and other outsized loads … “… … Continue reading

China in deeper trouble if Trump not granted Nobel Peace Prize


U.S. President Donald Trump wants the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian committee would owe him this honor if the Trump administration could really complete a denuclearization deal with North Korea. According to a Feb 19 Reuters news, Trump does not need Prime Minister Abe’s nomination, he “has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. ‘We … Continue reading

US-China arms race has begun with space weapons


The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) released a 125-page report on Jan 15, 2019 which suggested that “China’s military rise is well-planned, and Chinese leaders are following a strategy they believe will lead to greater power and influence both regionally and globally …” While the report in pdf is unavailable online for unknown reasons at … Continue reading

Analyst says US pulls out of INF pact because of China


Both Washington and Moscow have officially suspended compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. China is to blame, according to a Feb 4 Aljazeera report: “… The pact banned all ground-based missiles with ranges between 500km and 5,500km, ridding Europe of an entire category of destabilizing weapons — nearly 3,000 ground-launched intermediate ballistic and … Continue reading

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