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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 137 posts for China Daily Mail

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 what I said last year, Trump … Continue reading

Managing TikTok 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

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

As Venezuela crisis splits the world into three blocs, it is a great lesson of multi-polarity for China


Take a look at this interesting map. Both BBC News and Big Think present a world map respectively showing different countries’ diplomatic responses to the current Venezuela crisis in which Washington “has urged the world to pick sides — Maduro or Guaidó (it is another worldwide take-side game alongside the Huawei 5G network issue). As … Continue reading

The Afghan-China relationship can dismantle the Indo-Pacific containment of China


TOLO News reported on Jan 10 that Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib “hold talks with senior Chinese officials on Afghanistan-China relations, an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and strategic cooperation between the two countries … His visit comes as President Ghani’s special envoy Umer Daudzai is on a four-day visit in Pakistan to discuss … Continue reading

China’s 2018 book sales still just half of the US’ 2017 figure


China’s book retail sales recorded a total of USD13. 1 billion in 2018, a remarkable 11.3% year-on-year increase, “said a report issued at the Beijing Book Fair.” Sales via online channels took up 64% of the total, a leap of 24.7% from 2017. Compared to the US book industry’s USD26.23 billion in net revenue for … Continue reading

China may replace Britain as the 2nd greatest global power soon: UK report


“China poses the single biggest threat to Britain’s position as one of the great super-powers …” reported by The Telegraph on 4 Jan 2019 which quoted a report published by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). Founded by a US Senator who “strongly supported civil rights and protecting the environment — while also maintaining a strong … Continue reading

The Hyper-sonic Arms Race


‘US unable to defend against Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons, report warns’ — Fox News, by quoting an official Dec 2018 report submitted to the Congress, picked the threat of hypersonic weapons among various items as the headline of its Dec 18 article. This article says, “ … ‘China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons … Continue reading

Harvard’s cry wolf: ‘The worrisome Saudi-China deal’


The Petrodollar is said to be under threat. The ‘Harvard Political Review’ published an article on Dec 18, saying that “China has taken steps to negotiate a potential economic deal that could harm United States’ economic, social, and political supremacy. The deal regards increased Chinese influence over oil and the petrodollar …” “…Recent conversations between … Continue reading

Egyptian oranges and the US-China trade war


A US Department of Agriculture’s Dec 15 report (EG/18031) states that ‘FAS Cairo forecasts a 5.1 percent increase in area planted and 9.6 percent increase in production based on growing demand for Egyptian oranges. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and China will likely remain the top import destinations for Egyptian oranges …” Since 2-3 years ago, … Continue reading

As the 5G race matters, arresting Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is just a pawn move


The CNN provides a background report on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. A web link there brings you back to a Reuters report dated Jan 31, 2013: “London (Reuter) — A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran … has much closer ties to China’s … Continue reading

In South China Sea, US is said to be in the ‘Lippmann gap’


By summoning the 1943 concept ‘Lippmann Gap’, which was used by Samuel Huntington in 1988 to assess the post-WWII American foreign policy. Lindsey Ford, a former senior advisor on Asia-Pacific affairs in the Department of Defense 2009-15, argues that this gap is happening in East Asia. The Lippmann Gap argument suggests that, according to Huntington, … Continue reading

The Soybean Trade Triangle: Argentina, China and U.S.


Do not get dizzy with this triangular trading game. Bloomberg reported on Nov 27 that “Argentina replaces China as (the) biggest US soybean buyer”, compared with “none in the same year-ago period, USDA data show …” On the other hand, “Argentina’s soybean exports will grow 15.4 million tonnes in the 2018-9 harvest season … That … Continue reading

China and Russia to challenge US Air Force supremacy in East Asia?


Reuters reported on Nov 16 that the “U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday. ‘This realignment specifically projects to reduce forces by about 10 percent over the … Continue reading

An American boy’s ‘fake smile’ got 1.8 million Weibo fans in China


CNN’s updated report on Nov 9 said that Gavin Thomas, born in Minnesota and still in elementary school, has some “unique facial expressions, which have become a hugely successful, viral meme …… A gif of Gavin’s face, smiling awkwardly, might be used as many as 10 million times a day across China’s various social media … Continue reading

Drink beer to understand the China Model


Cheers! ‘France 24’ reported on Nov 5 that “… Heineken seals $3 bn deal with China’s top brewer …… Under the deal the Dutch brewer said it will take a 40 percent stake in the holding company that controls China Resources Beer, merge its current operations in China into the firm and license to it … Continue reading

Western analysts got lost in the Abe-Xi maze, and failed to notice a coming synergy in East Asia


For unknown reasons, many Western political analysts made mistakes in understanding the Washington-Pyongyang relation (e.g. forecasting bloody nose strike, but being shockingly embarrassed by the Trump-Kim Singapore summit), and then the Pyongyang-Beijing relation (portraying a tension, but being surprisingly slapped by Kim’s three visits to Beijing before and after the Singapore summit). Their latest error … Continue reading

Is US-China ‘AI Cold War’ happening?


“The AI Cold War that could doom us all” is a long Oct 23 essay published by WIRED, a Hi-Tech website. It begins with the stories that the artificial intelligence system AlphaGo, developed by Alphabet which is the parent company of Google, defeated a world champion Go player in 2016 and then another champion in … Continue reading

Clause 32 of the USMCA is another big victory over China for Trump


The ‘Clause 32’ in the latest USMCA (US-Mexico-Canada Agreement) masterminded by President Trump, according to Neil MacDonald (a Canadian analyst), specifies that “… if Canada wants a trade deal with China, it has to notify the Americans about any negotiations, and tell them the substance of those negotiations, and submit the text of any deal, … Continue reading

US Vice President Pence’s ‘remarks’ on China hollow out US-China relation – except the Taiwan issue


Vice President Pence’s speech on Oct 4 has delivered a clear cut-off line of the policy orientation towards China between Trump’s ‘America First’ doctrine and those of past administrations since Nixon. Perhaps, one of the decisive factors impacting a young elite’s future success, worldwide speaking, in the coming 20 years is whether he/she is able … Continue reading

As Intel and Alibaba team up, why should Jack Ma retire?


“Intel and Alibaba Cloud have announced,” quoted from a Hi-Tech news website published on Sep 21, “the launch of the Joint Edge Computing Platform, an open architecture for Internet of Things (loT) applications that integrates AI (Artificial Intelligence) and cloud technologies for edging computing.” On Oct 1, another Hi-Tech specialist reported that “Alibaba is committing … Continue reading

‘Invented and Made in America 2028’ vs ‘Made in China 2025’


In response to the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategic plan, an ‘Invented and Made in America 2028’ scheme is jointly proposed by retired Navy Admiral (Commander-in-Chief of the US Pacific Command) Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence (Jan 2009 – May 2010) and currently the chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and Robert D. Atkinson, … Continue reading

The emerging illiberal Eurasia with which China is growing


By using the ‘Hofstede dimensions’ (index scale 0-100), a group of Sri Lankan scholars conducted a cultural comparative study on 20 Asian communities. Here is a quick look about China: [A] From strong Collectivism = 0 to strong Individualism = 100 China = 20 Singapore = 20 Taiwan = 17 Israel = 54 (highest in … Continue reading

A hazardous signal to China as US recalled top diplomats from Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama over Taiwan


AP news on Sept 7: “The United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China. “The State Department says it has called back Ambassador … ‘to discuss ways in which the United States … Continue reading

Would increasing Interracial Marriages help boost China’s rise?


“Interracial marriages between Chinese and Africans are on the rise as a direct result from China’s increasing investment in, and trade with Africa. More than a million Chinese migrants now work and live on the African continent, while the number of Africans in China is thought to be around half that.” Aljazeera News reported on … Continue reading

El Salvador is the latest US-China battlefield ahead of Taiwan warfare


This White House Press Secretary Aug 23 statement criticises in the first paragraph that “the Government of El Salvador announced it would discontinue its decades-long diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing. “The leaders of El Salvador’s governing party have made this decision, which will have implications for decades to … Continue reading

Bolton says China meddling in US elections


National Security Adviser John Bolton told ABC News at an interview on Aug 19 Sunday that he had “sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling” into the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. When Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, pressed him by asking “have you seen anything in the past specifically to China?”, it … Continue reading

Beijing joins the ‘Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit is Yalta 2.0’ Debate


An AFP article published on July 1 is probably the first one comparing the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit to the 1945 Yalta Conference where President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin agreed on certain post-WWII arrangements among themselves personally. Since then, a series of comments went on to argue that the … Continue reading

China to move troops to Syria?


The US-based Stratfor reported on August 3, 2018 that “Chinese Ambassador Qi Qianjin reportedly stated that the Chinese ‘military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria,’ while military attaché Wong Roy Chang reportedly said the Chinese military … Continue reading

Wake-up call to Chinese film makers’ Hollywood dream


‘Asura’, which is “supposed to be China’s ‘Lords of the Rings’” with US$100 million production cost, was removed from the cinemas after 3 days on mainland as its opening weekend generated only $7mn ticket revenue. Despite a dream team for production — Charlie Iturriaga (Deadpool, Furious 7) in charge of visual effect, Oscar winner Ngila … Continue reading

Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is a big deal to China, too


The 2-hour talk in private between Trump and Putin without any American official except Trump’s interpreter is the major reason why the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is exceptionally important. Further provoked by what Trump said at the press conference after the summit, the American critics bombarded their president on all kinds of media, and the harshest … Continue reading

Why the China-Israel relation matters in the Middle East


The mainstream explanations for the European powers’ attempt to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive despite the US’ withdrawal, including the worry of pushing Iran to Russia and China, economic consideration, hope for moderating the theological regime, prevention of nuclear weapon production, wish for Washington’s comeback with a non-Trump presidency and etc, all make sense. … Continue reading

Cultural weakness makes China weak for World Cup


Here is some interesting data from Al Jazeera News about China and World Cup 2018 in Moscow: [1] In 2014, Chinese football fans bought 7,400 tickets but the figure jumped to 40,000 in 2018. [2] Russian media estimated 100,000 visitors from China during the World Cup. [3] The average Chinese fan will spend around $7,500 … Continue reading

Trump insists on $200 bn, after his easy US-China trade war victory


On May 19, the White House, after a 2-day US-China meeting on trade, issued a statement saying that there “was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China … China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and service. This will help support growth … Continue reading

Identity Politics pushing CEE nations to co-map out a new Eurasia with China and SCO


Using xenophobia or even Islamophobia to label the ethno-nationalistic movements in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) is misleading. f they are anti-foreign, how come the CEE governments and peoples are so passionate with the 16+1 commitment with China as well as some co-development programs with certain Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam? True, the CEE nations … Continue reading

Is it curious that Ronnie O’Sullivan has applied for Chinese citizenship?


“The snooker legend, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 42, has applied for citizenship in China because he’s had enough of living in Britain,” the Daily Star reported on 17 June 2018 Sunday. “ … he said: ‘Have you noticed China like to make friends with other countries? Maybe the UK and America could take a leaf out of … Continue reading

What next to China after the Trump-Kim Summit may be a war


The Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia reported this on June 11: “When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hitched a ride on an Air China plane to his summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, the signal was clear: Beijing remains Pyongyang’s diplomatic wingman” (while the Trump-Kim summit result carries a heavy-weight message to East Asia and the … Continue reading

The Chinese influence in New Zealand … for four votes


“… failure to respond to interference attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should endanger New Zealand’s membership (of the ‘Five Eyes’, an intelligence-sharing alliance among the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 1955), Peter Mattis, a former CIA China expert testified to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission” in April. With … Continue reading

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