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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 32 posts for China Daily Mail

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

Obama seeks to avoid “clash of civilisations” between China and the West


The following are the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. On the next day after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union (SotU) 2014, which did not mention anything about the tension in East Asia, not even the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Tokyo-based The Diplomat published an article … Continue reading

Why Taiwan has outpaced the Philippines


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. Scott Charney wrote an enlightening article explaining how a factor caused the difference between Taiwan and the Philippines in respect of economic development in the 1950s-1980s. “… the U.S.-backed Filipino elite looted many billions of dollars through … Continue reading

Susan Rice attempts to solve the Japan-China deadlock


Sending Caroline Kennedy, a household name in the United States, to Japan as the ambassador indicates that President Obama has realised there is no better choice than using the tension in East Asia to capture and retain the attention of the American public to his amazing skills in handling Asia.  While the jingoistic heat may … Continue reading

The Philippines and China will have a deal rather than a fight


The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. The “Kawayan politika” and “Balimbing diplomasya” approaches adopted by the late Philippine president Corazon Cojuangco Aquino (1933-2009) remarkably cultivated warm relationships between The Philippines and her neighbours in general and China in particular during her tenure (1986-92). These flexible … Continue reading

China: What Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Israel, and the U.S. have in common


The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. If there is a nation (not “state”) that can successfully convince the Arabs, the Jews and the Iranians to sit down simultaneously for a talk, it could be the Chinese. With the historical cultural links and for immense economic … Continue reading

How U.S. and China may administer the “Six Wars”


The Indian Defence Review recently published the English translation of a hawkish article “Six Wars China is Sure to Fight in the Next 50 Years” [Note 1] which was first presented by Chinanews.com in Beijing on July 5, 2013 [Note 2].  This article states that China will fight in 2020-60 to regain the territories lost … Continue reading

A China model with a British accent


“No friends, no enemies, just interest.” Ideologically speaking, there is almost no common ground between the socialist and open-yet-authoritarian China and most other capitalist and democratic states such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa, not to mention Germany. Beijing is determined to gain recognition and friendship from them through all types of commercial deals so … Continue reading

China’s propaganda cartoon tells how leaders are made


According to a wildly popular online cartoon in China, the answer (to What’s the Secret to China’s Success?) lies in the careful way the country grooms its leaders – a process that supposedly puts the American and British political career ladder to shame. The “How Leaders Are Made” video, which has been viewed more than … Continue reading

China’s rotational political succession system


The only system that can be described as similar to the Chinese “once-in-a-decade transition of power” practice in the 21st century is Plato’s rotational ruler model proposed in The Republic— “those who have come through all our practical and intellectual tests with distinction must be brought to their final trial…and when their turn comes they … Continue reading

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