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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 59 posts for China Daily Mail

The U.S. to contain China by an ‘Indo-Pacific’ proposition


This BBC video tells you that when the “US President Donald Trump continues his five-nation tour of Asia, one term crops up over and over again. ‘Indo-Pacific region’ is being used to define America’s new geopolitical view of Asia.” In 2013, Rory Medcalf, Head of National Security College at Australian National University published an essay … Continue reading

CCP Congress 2017 – 3: Culture is still the Weakest Link


The report delivered by Xi Jinping to the party congress sounds, as a whole, sensible, except the ‘highlight’ under the subtitle of New Era with New Thought. This highlight says that Socialism with Chinese characteristics enters new era “… of securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society” and of “moving closer to … Continue reading

CCP Congress 2017 — 2: Rotational Power Succession keeps on rolling


The institutionalization of the rotational elitist power succession in China which began in the 1990s [Note 1] is demonstrated in the new composition of the 7-member Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) after the end of the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress. Xi Jinping (born in 1953, aged 64) and Li Keqiang (b.1955, 62) will serve … Continue reading

CCP Congress 2017 – 1: ‘Two Centenary Goals’


This is the first article of my ‘CCP Congress 2017’ series which will explains the rotational power succession and offers a systematic, precise and concise understanding of the governance in China. Five new members enter into the Politburo Standing Committee. They are Li Zhanshu 栗戰書 (aged 67), Wang Yang 汪洋 (62), Wang Huning 王滬寧 (62), … Continue reading

China’s role in the West-vs-Rest antithesis


The New York Times reported on Oct 16 that “Austria’s rightward lurch is Europe’s New Normal” as the far-right Freedom Party would probably be invited to form a coalition government with the Eurosceptic Sebastian Kurz whose conservative OVP (Austrian People’s Party) had secured a 31% leading position in the latest parliamentary election. Identity politics has … Continue reading

Why China’s stock market is so boring


In September 2008, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquired 10% stake in BYD, a pioneer in electric vehicle technology and production in China, for around US$232 million (around HK$1.8 billion or HK$8 per share). This morning, it is $79, slightly down from the record high of HK$83 a few days ago. BYD’s share price followed the … Continue reading

Why riding camel on Mid-Autumn Festival holiday?


Today is the ‘Full Moon Day’ Aug 15 in the Chinese Lunar Calendar which is traditionally the Mid-Autumn Festival day. After dinner at night, people go outdoor walking around with lanterns, eat moon cakes while sitting on the grass, and most importantly enjoy the scenic full moon. In an agricultural society, it is the right … Continue reading

China has a moral crisis but the solution is already there


Two interesting articles on China’ economic development, one on Sept 26 and another on Aug 24, deserve a good read as they coincidentally draw our attention to the Marxist background of the current Socialism with Chinese characteristics. Douglas Bulloch of Forbes, while commenting negatively on a Financial Times article which “was about how backward Donald … Continue reading

Comparing India’s Generation Y and China’s Post-80s


If, as what I said last week, most established Indian scholars are still heavily influenced by the Western economic-political theories, thus sustaining a divide between India and China, today we should take a look at the next generation for foreseeing the future. In Nov 2010, an interesting research paper which quoted some data and findings … Continue reading

One of the reasons for the India-China discomfort


The Economic Times, the leading Indian daily newspaper in English with a readership of over 800,000, published an article stipulating “three key reasons why India and China must not go to war at a time like this” on Sep 12. “Moving away from ‘assaulting with stones’ to ‘building with BRICS’ could be the new mantra … Continue reading

Six Chinese models in Victoria’s Secret show Shanghai 2017


Compared to just two Asians out of 44 models in 2015, Victoria’s Secret annual show in Paris 2016 featured four models from China (total 51). The latest news is that the next lingerie fashion show “will take place in Shanghai in November 2017, marking the first time the ultra-glam annual affair in Asia.” Six Chinese … Continue reading

China remains calm while South Koreans worry mass evacuation by Japan and U.S.


The Associated Press reported on Sept 4 that there is “a growing worry that has many in South Korea and Japan asking a startling question … namely a separation or ‘decoupling’ of the decades-old security alliance between the United States and its top Asian allies, South Korea and Japan?” A Korean student is quoted worrying … Continue reading

India-China Doklam standoff ends when Mexican president joins BRICS meeting


Among various tactical considerations, the two decisive factors that finally helped dissolve the India-China standoff (since June 18) over Doklam on August 28 were Bhutan’s non-belligerent position and, surprisingly, Mexico’s growing interest in the BRICS platform. On Aug 11, at the “first meeting between the two (Indian and Bhutanese) ministers since the Doklam crisis broke … Continue reading

Do not forget Bhutan in the India-China border dispute


The Doklam standoff since 18 June 2017 is getting people worried that a small-scale but very damaging combat might take place as these observers focused on the clash between India and China without looking into the details about Bhutan. The standoff began when around 270 Indian soldiers entered Doklam, a territory in dispute between China … Continue reading

Ignorance is no excuse – Chinese tourists are learning how to behave


Two Chinese tourists in Berlin in early August “were arrested after posing for photos while making the Nazi gesture in front of the historic Reichstag building …… German law forbids the use of some symbols affiliated with banned organizations in public, such as gestures, uniforms and flags, including those linked to the Nazis.” A tour … Continue reading

China appreciates Tillerson’s “Four Nos” on North Korea


“We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel,” U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson said on August 1. He got a feedback from … Continue reading

China’s shared bikes as one of the ‘four new inventions’ in foreigners’ eyes


High-speed rails, Alipay, shared bikes and online shopping are China’s new four great ‘inventions’, said a number of foreign youngsters in China, mostly students from the Third World countries, when responding to a survey by the Silk Road Research Institute of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Perhaps, commercially or scientifically speaking, these items are not ‘invented’ … Continue reading

WSJ video shows Chinese students abroad don’t return home with western democracy


It has long been a puzzle why so many mainland Chinese students, after a number of years of living and studying in the Western countries, do not push for democratization after they have returned home. Some scholars even suggested that perhaps there were Chinese spies everywhere watching these students here and there overseas. In the … Continue reading

China supports two-state solution to settle the Palestinian issue


Standing next to the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing, Xi Jinping states clearly that China supports the two-state solution which is in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. It is the loudest rebuttal to certain analysts’ ill-motivated question on China’s stand on and on for many years. Having said that, … Continue reading

Hainan Airlines’ cabin crew uniforms show how Particularism works


At the Paris Couture Week in early July, China’s Hainan Airlines presented their new cabin crew uniforms which were designed by Laurence Xu. They “combine elements of classical, time-honored Oriental aesthetics and the silhouette of a modern Western suit, infusing new vigor and fashion into the attire.” The Design Air Magazine says they “absolutely love … Continue reading

Trump acting as a spokesman for China’s non-interference policy


U.S. President Donald Trump seems acting as a spokesman for China’s long-term non-interference foreign policy that even in the case of North Korea, Beijing refrains from exercising its power and influence to alter another sovereign state’s foreign policy forcefully. Who else can help China better to make all other Third World countries believe that Beijing … Continue reading

Qinghai province (larger than Texas) ran on renewable energy for 7 days


Huff Post, quoting Chinese state media, reported that Qinghai “had run for seven consecutive days entirely on renewable energy. The province, which is larger than Texas, relied only on wind, solar and hydroelectric power from June 17-23 …. population of 5.8 million with 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity — equal to about 535,000 tons … Continue reading

China leaves the U.S. no other choice but ‘talk’ for Korea


Had Pyongyang really possessed nuclear warheads, no president of the United States, anyone, whoever, would dare to put the lives of his soldiers in South Korea (28,500) and Japan (54,000) at risk. The THADD missile defense system is not a 100% guarantee. By that time, the serving American president has only one option, namely, break … Continue reading

The Indian film ‘Dangal’ is red hot in China


The Chinese box office of the Indian film ‘Dangal’, which is based on a true story about how a father trained his daughter to succeed as a medal winning wrestler, has since 5 May 2017 recorded a wonderful USD179.8 million (still in release). The Chinese wonders include: [1] It outran the film’s domestic US$84.4 million … Continue reading

A better UK-China relationship is coming


A ‘Hung Parliament’ or coalition government in the UK is nothing new. Were we still in the times of Pax Britannica or Pax Americana, the world politics should have been around the same. However, nowadays, the world is more competitive. Germany, France, Russia, Japan, and even India, are vying to play certain leadership roles in … Continue reading

China to build a new Conservatoire in Lebanon – for Maher Zain?


Lebanon’s Ministry of Culture “has signed an agreement with China for a grant of $35 million to develop the National Conservatoire for Music in Dbayeh, including several music halls for training purposes, as well as an amphitheater for concerts, with a capacity of 1,400 seats.” What a wonderful news! The first time I learnt something … Continue reading

African selfies and Chinese adaptation


Transsion, a little known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, outsells Samsung and Huawei in Africa by grapping 40 percent of the market with its two brands — Tecno and itel, here. There are two reasons: “Everyone in the world loves selfie, and African customers are no exception. But it is quite difficult for them to have good … Continue reading

All women are welcome to China’s beaches with a face mask of any kind


The hot summer, after the Dragon Boat Festival on May 30, will ‘formally’ begin in China. One of the places for fun is the beach. It has been increasingly popular in the beaches here since the early 2010s that women wear masks to protect themselves from UV so as to keep their face skin smooth … Continue reading

China’s most famous foreigner Mark Rowswell


Mark Rowswell liked to tell his Chinese audience a joke that when he showed his father his Chinese name 路士伟 , his Dad said, “it looks good, but … what are the plus and minus signs in the middle for?” Rowswell is a Canadian and began learning some basic Chinese at the age of 19. … Continue reading

Chinese Kung Fu and Confucianism are not ‘Killer Apps’


A Chinese ‘tai chi’ master was defeated by a free-combat fighter in just 10 seconds in a race held in Chengdu last week. In my Dec 2016 article “No Chinese ‘Kung Fu’ in Hong Kong riot”, I was one of the very few people who straightforwardly pointed that ‘kung fu’ is by its nature slow … Continue reading

Soup dumplings and the so-called clash of civilizations


A London restaurant released a video clip to promote its dumplings Xiao Long Bao — a small one-bite steamed dumplings with hot soup inside. However, it generated angry reaction as “In the clip, people can be seen viciously bursting the defenceless dumplings with chopsticks, letting the delicious soup leak out into a row!” Many viewers … Continue reading

‘Dr Strange’ in Hong Kong and the time loop of fights


The 2016 movie ‘Doctor Strange’ recorded a worldwide box office gross of US$677.6 million to which mainland China and Hong Kong contributed $109 mn and $8 mn respectively (Mojo data). In this story, the Ancient One’s group runs three Sanctums to guard the Earth against the Dark Dimension. Aside from New York and London, the … Continue reading

What it means to China after Trump says America respects all nations’ own path


By saying that “… America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America…” in his first Joint Address to the Congress [Note 1], President Donald Trump not just elaborates his ‘America First’ doctrine but … Continue reading

The Philippines and China will have a deal rather than a fight – 2016 update


In my 2013 Nov 27 China Daily Mail article, I wrote that: “… Aquino’s personal style of high profile leadership will be ended by the completion of his tenure. Both ordinary Filipinos and the powerful oligarchic groups such as Cojuangco, Ayala and Roxas will sensibly choose the path to talk for preserving and fostering their … Continue reading

China acquires Syngenta for US$43 billion – China’s biopolitics


The USD43 billion all-cash acquisition of the world’s largest agrochemicals company Swiss Syngenta AG by China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) — the biggest ever Chinese overseas corporate purchase — would probably materialise after the U.S. national security panel CFIUS granted the approval on August 22 [Note 1]. Such an ‘at-any-cost’ investment for securing Syngenta’s numerous … Continue reading

Putin to institutionalise a China-like rotational power succession system in Russia


After Vladimir Putin hinted at his September 5 Bloomberg interview that he might not run for presidency in 2018 and suggested that the next leader should be “fairly young” but “mature” [Note 1], pundits are now guessing his successor would be either Alexey Dyumin (1972-), the present Deputy Defense Minister, or Anton Vaino (1972-), the … Continue reading

Could Hong Kong, after a merger with Shenzhen, help China’s One Belt One Road thrive?


According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) June 2016 research report “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” which was described as “a political bombshell … that caused a near-panic among advocates of free market policies” by the Foreign Policy analyst Rick Rowden [Note 1] , what ‘capital account liberalisation’ brings to developing countries is “the pervasiveness of booms and … Continue reading

Manila-Beijing relations to determine ASEAN growth


As the two possible ‘Joint Development Areas’ — “off Triton Island in the Paracels” and “Reed Bank off Philippine Palawan” [Note 1] — have almost been out of the minds of both the analysts and general public of the Philippines, a failure to revive the Manila–Beijing relation after the May 9 presidential election would jeopardize … Continue reading

Seoul may appeal to Beijing for help amid US pullout of soldiers


All U.S. troops — 54,000 in Japan and 28,500 in South Korea — will be withdrawn by the time the Pentagon has been certain North Korea is in possession of nuclear warheads. It is the message implicitly conveyed by Donald Trump when saying repeatedly since late March that Japan and South Korea should have nuclear … Continue reading

North Korea’s intrusion into South Korea will benefit Japan but hurt US and China


By claiming it is an internal affair inside Korea and threatening to strike Japan and Alaska with nuclear bombs via long range missiles if American forces were to directly participate into combat, Pyongyang will retaliate to the “toughest ever” UN sanctions [Note 1] by conducting extensive but small-scale military intrusions (not invasion) into South Korea … Continue reading

No Chinese ‘Kung Fu’ in Hong Kong riot


Yes, although Hong Kong has been famous for its ‘kung fu’ movies for decades, the scene of ‘one defeats five or six’ was nowhere to be found in its infamous eight-hour long riot on Feb 8/9 overnight local time. What was really taking place there was simply arbitrary and brutal combats with fists, metal bars, … Continue reading

Will scarcity lead to anarchy in China?


Renowned American journalist Robert D Kaplan warned the West that, in the light of the quick deterioration of the arable land quality in interior China due to “deforestation, loss of topsoil and salinization”, when China’s population has reached “1.54 billion by 2025”, large-scale population movements from villages to cities would be “leading to a crime … Continue reading

Germany shames U.S. with its policies toward refugees, China, and Russia


Maher Zain, a 1981-born singer who was just eight when his Lebanese family was admitted by Sweden, is the latest showcase that Muslim immigrants can make contributions to world peace rather than causing troubles to their receiving countries. With millions of fans in Europe, England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Palestine, Pakistan and China, Zain’s anti-war songs [Note … Continue reading

Japan-China relations boosted by Abe’s WWII statement and self-defence bill


By reiterating Japan’s “unshakable” apology for World War II and legalising the necessary enhancements to operate its Self-Defence Forces like a normal national armed force of a state, Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister 2006-7, 2012-present) has done a meritorious job to consummate Japan’s statehood, thus enabling the Japan-China relation to move on to another stage of … Continue reading

How did U.S. go from “constructive engagement” to containing China?


Admit it: the American question on “Contain China” has been changed from “Should?” to “How?” in view of the brewing consensus that the ‘constructive engagement’ policy since President Nixon was a mistake [Note 1]. In an originally titled “Wake up America, China must be contained” article and their March 2015 report issued by Council on … Continue reading

Future growth of India and China to be tuned by Japan


The gear shift of Asia’s growth in the decades to come is in the hand of Tokyo as Japan is in control of the formation of the emerging India-China-Japan (I+C+J) power structure in Asia. In its “World 2050” research report, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggested that “… in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms … India should become … Continue reading

A lesson from Hong Kong in pragmatism versus liberalism


While thousands of young elites risked their career future to launch an Occupy Central campaign for democracy (focus on free nomination for government’s chief executive candidateship), more than half of the Hong Kong citizenry disagreed with either their ideals or strategies, and asked them to go home. Such a cleavage has provided an insight for … Continue reading

India and China’s pragmatism to challenge U.S. superpower status


When Narendra Modi greeted Xi Jinping with the idea of “INCH (India and China) towards MILES (Millennium of Exceptional Synergy)” [Note 1], the new age of “pragmatism”-based multi-polarity has taken another great step to replace the fading age of liberalism-based dominance by the United States. In terms of military might, innovation capability, financial market leverage, … Continue reading

A new power structure in Asia: India + China + Japan


India under the leadership of Narendra Modi may be able to ease the symbolic tension between China and Japan, and also rise quickly to join them to co-lead a new age of politico-economic vicissitude in East-to-South Asia in the wake of the diminishing influence from the United States. Geo-economics is the foundation of this emerging … Continue reading

Manila’s apology to Hong Kong is a presage of a deal, not a fight


The following are the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. Is it just a coincidence that the Philippine Government made a four-year late official apology to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists before Obama’s visit to East Asia in April, and after the historic pact sealed in March … Continue reading

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