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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 111 posts for China Daily Mail

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

Is Modi joining the Indo-Pacific containment of China, or not?


An informal India-China summit between the two leaders was held on April 27-28, 2018. Although it did not capture much attention of the Western mainstream media, it has signified a decisive, if not yet a U-turn, change to the India-China relationship. Let us have a quick look at the background. Firstly, a 73-day military standoff … Continue reading

How China may benefit from Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal


Almost all the leading mainstream media across the Atlantic Ocean express worries about the U.S.-Europe ties after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. The influential der Spiegel of Germany says “Trump strikes a deep blow to Trans-Atlantic ties”. The Observer editorial at the Guardian talks about “Europe’s duty … Continue reading

‘China Threat’ helps make Trump a great president


Further to the Pew Research’s 2014 finding that “…The ‘China threat’ in particular looms large in many American minds”, a new study finds that “trade and China”, alongside “immigration”, carried heavy weight in having Donald Trump elected as the President in 2016. The research paper approved on March 26, 2018 by the Proceedings of the … Continue reading

US-China trade deal obstructed by dispute over Taiwan


The US-China negotiation atmosphere was not bad 2 days before the American team, which was headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, went to China. When the delegation team landed on Beijing on May 3 Thursday, “Trump tweeted: ‘Our great financial team is in China trying to negotiate a level playing field on trade! I look … Continue reading

Trump to win more trophies from China in the 2018 trade war


US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is said to be visiting China beginning from May 3 Thursday. It means the trade war negotiation is about to enter into the direct bargaining stage and, if done smoothly, a deal would be finalized very quickly. Trump’s victory appears to be too easy and more fruitful than anticipated. The … Continue reading

World politics after the US ban on selling chips to ZTE


China would return to 2G telecom if there were a total ban of selling chips by the Western countries to this developing country, according to an analyst in Hong Kong, because China’s self-developed attainments in this sector still lag behind in terms of decades. It is absolutely correct to say that the ZTE chip crisis … Continue reading

Why can the 3:1 ratio of China/US Investing in Renewable Energy be worrisome?


The title of this Apr 9 Quartz article — “For every $1 the US put into adding renewable energy last year, China put in $3” — draws our attention to the tip of an iceberg about the competition for leading the global technological innovations. The article says that “around 26% of the country (i.e. China)’s … Continue reading

The coming China-Korea Reintegration


Trump confirmed personally that he would be meeting Kim Jong-un in May or early June. As I have said many times in the past three years, the United States has “no other choice but talk”. Therefore, it was Pyongyang to determine ‘when’, that is, after the nuclear and long-range missile tests have reached certain functional … Continue reading

Trump will win the US-China trade war easily


Beijing will accept a new US-China trade deal which is dictated by Trump. The American oilseeds for producing cooking oil, navigational instruments for building cargo vessels (dry bulk or container ships), intermediate producer goods for manufacturing … (see the picture shown above) are at this moment irreplaceable items that China needs to import from the … Continue reading

This ‘futurist’ is wrong about China’s future


Kevin Kelly, co-founder and editor of the futuristic Wired magazine, “sees China playing a big role in our future” because, as reported by Forbes on March 19, “Kelly sees two cultural changes happening in China that are helping push the country to the point where it can have a consistent delivery of goods: • A … Continue reading

Control over South China Sea: its historical burden and future


Control over the sea waters relies heavily on relative technological superiority because, unlike the control over a piece of land, you cannot simply station a large quantity of soldiers on the water surface permanently, nor settling civilians on it. Therefore, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines wisely points out that the competition for controlling the … Continue reading

China’s ‘Rose’ in 1940-50s and ‘Wolf Warrior in 2010s


Two Chinese movies are fostering destructive effects on cultural development and sublimation in China despite their recent box office success. The ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ made a so-called world total of USD867.6 million of which $2.7 million is from the United States and $854.2 from the mainland. Another film ‘Operation Red Sea’ came to the market … Continue reading

China’s two-term limit removal and a war in 2020-5?


The CCP’s proposal to remove the two-term limits on the state’s president and vice-president, which is a disrespect of Deng Xiaoping’s will, has definitely generated various negative influences onto China as well as the world: [a] paving a route towards lifelong dictatorship, [b] causing high risk to both domestic and foreign investors in China’s economy, … Continue reading

Duterte in between China and Quad


“Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence …” reported by Reuters on Feb 19, 2018. These four countries are commonly referred to as the “Quad”, the driving force … Continue reading

Competition for Maldives between India and China: a “Global Threat”?


“Trouble in Maldives Paradise could become a Global Threat: A power struggle in the tiny nation could pull India and China into conflict”, says The New York Times Editorial on Feb 11, 2018. Is it really so? Imagine you were the government leader of Maldives which, according to many scientific reports and actual measurements, is … Continue reading

The ‘Power Audit’ of EU-China


In Dec 2017, the European Council on Foreign Relations published a Power Audit report on China’s influence, named as “China at the gates”. It is a very long essay with lots of details. In the summary, it says “China practises ‘pick and choose’ in its relations with the European Union, focusing on its direct interests, … Continue reading

A proxy war after The Pentagon names China as top threat?


It could mean a proxy war when the Pentagon says they will be “forcing them (the competitors China and Russia) to confront conflict under adverse conditions”. Where may it be? “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in the U.S. national security”, announced by the United States Defense Secretary James N. Mattis … Continue reading

Ann Tyson, Pearl Buck and their feelings about China


When Ann Scott Tyson revisited China after three decades, she still found tons of issues she dislikes or disapproves here and there although many things have changed. Nevertheless, by the end of the trip, for “looking for her old neighborhood in eastern Beijing”, she came to Ritan Park. “I approach a familiar red-pillared pavilion on … Continue reading

How significant is Macron’s 3-day visit to China 2018?


It appears that French President Emmanuel Macron’s 3-day visit to China was a diplomatic gesture of no significance. Aside from the horse presented by Macron to China in return for the panda, the Chinese order of 184 short-haul Airbus A320s and the removal of ban on French beef (since 2001 due to Europe’s ‘mad cow’ … Continue reading

China’s Rise: “Sharp Power” or “Endgame” for global leadership?


The Economist highlights the concern for China’s “Sharp Power” in its Dec 16th 2017 Issue (p.9, 17-19) alongside “Soft Power” (culture and values) and “Hard Power” (military force and economic muscle). It argues that the “Chinese government is using stealth to shape public opinion and mute criticism in other countries …. China’s sharp power has … Continue reading

China is number one on Eurasia Group’s 2018 list of geopolitical risks


Eurasia Group, which was founded by Ian Bremmer in 1998 with a new and subsequently influential concept of “Global Political Risk Index” (GPRI) for the financial market, puts “China loves a vacuum” as the top risk for 2018. It says that when “China is setting international standards with less resistance than ever before … in … Continue reading

Some people do not appreciate China’s air pollution control measures


Reuters reported on Dec 19 that China would be launching “a nationwide carbon emission trading scheme (ETS). The government outlined details of what is expected to be the world’s largest such program …… Trading will be based in Shanghai, involving 1,700 power companies and over 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually…” Reuters further reported … Continue reading

Israelis, Palestinians to attend forum in Beijing after Trump’s Jerusalem recognition


It is undeniably painful to the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular for facing the cruel reality that the Trump administration officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. However, despite the high profile protests raised by President Erdogan of Turkey at the summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Dec 13, and … Continue reading

A Red Flag for China on Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands after Trump’s move on Jerusalem


On Dec 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A quick look at history tells us that after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Israel took control over West Jerusalem (Britain’s Partition Plan failed completely) whereas the eastern part remained inside Jordan according to the 1949 … Continue reading

The “never been done before” Chinese air-power exercise near Korea


Amid the hearsay that State Secretary Rex Tillerson who insisted on resolving the Korean tension diplomatically would be replaced by the bellicose Mike Pompeo, the incumbent CIA Director, Alex Lockie of Business Insider – Military & Defense gives us a headline which sounds scary: “China did something it’s never done before to warn the US … Continue reading

Pakistan and Nepal tell China win-win deals don’t come easy


After Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority Chairman said on Nov 12 Tuesday that they had “withdrawn its request to include the $14-billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework”, “Nepal scrapped a $2.5 billion deal with China Gezhouba Group Corporation to build the country’s biggest hydropower plant” on Nov 13, China gained splendid … Continue reading

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