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 78 posts for China Daily Mail

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

An US-China fight for … (surprise?) … Muslims’ interest in Myanmar

On Nov 20 Bloomberg reported: “China offers solution for Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. “China Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined a three-point solution that would allow Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the situation…… Wang told reporters that China was ‘willing to play a constructive role’ in resolving the situation.” On Nov 23 Associated Press reported: … Continue reading

Banning some artists from market entry is an act of Rule Setting by Beijing

Some critics may say that Beijing is over-reacting but, like it or not, China has been ready to tell the world that it has a resolve to set rules for its markets. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be held in China for the first time on Nov 28, 2017. But right now the headlines … Continue reading

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


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