Andrew Leung

Andrew Leung

Andrew Leung has had decades of experience as a senior Hong Kong government official in a variety of fields including finance, industry, social welfare and overseas representation. Since his retirement in 2005, he has built up a reputation as an international and independent China strategist. He features regularly in international TV channels and conferences.

Latest from Andrew Leung

Opinion | Seven reasons the US and China should be building more bridges not tearing them down

Beijing has earned the right to be treated on an equal footing even as hardening competition proves damaging to both countries when there are so many areas of potential cooperation.

Beijing has earned the right to be treated on an equal footing even as hardening competition proves damaging to both countries when there are so many areas of potential cooperation.

29 Nov 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | China’s ‘common prosperity’ goal won’t mean Robin Hood-style redistribution

Concern over income inequality has driven China’s leaders to adopt a three-pronged strategy focusing on poverty eradication, reorientation of the economy towards a ‘high quality’ model, and encouraging philanthropy.

Concern over income inequality has driven China’s leaders to adopt a three-pronged strategy focusing on poverty eradication, reorientation of the economy towards a ‘high quality’ model, and encouraging philanthropy.

23 Sep 2021 - 6:02AM
Opinion | Waning US must overcome fear of China’s inevitable rise to the top

The US must grasp the inconvenient reality that China will become the world’s largest economy sooner rather than later. With most US allies hedging their bets, the ‘existential threat’ approach looks like theatrics trying to shore up Pax Americana.

The US must grasp the inconvenient reality that China will become the world’s largest economy sooner rather than later. With most US allies hedging their bets, the ‘existential threat’ approach looks like theatrics trying to shore up Pax Americana.

20 May 2021 - 1:49AM
Opinion | How the US can offer a realistic response to the ‘China challenge’

China’s rise must be acknowledged, but exaggerating its capabilities and ambition is unhelpful. Great power competition is not a strategy, and there are more subtle ways to respond, including by ‘nudging’ China through cooperation.

China’s rise must be acknowledged, but exaggerating its capabilities and ambition is unhelpful. Great power competition is not a strategy, and there are more subtle ways to respond, including by ‘nudging’ China through cooperation.

26 Feb 2021 - 5:24AM
Opinion | America bids farewell to Trump, but Trumpism lives on

Support for the disgraced leader’s brand of politics cuts across a wide swathe of US society, tapping into people’s deep-seated frustrations. Joe Biden should expect an uphill battle getting his administration’s agenda passed in Congress.

Support for the disgraced leader’s brand of politics cuts across a wide swathe of US society, tapping into people’s deep-seated frustrations. Joe Biden should expect an uphill battle getting his administration’s agenda passed in Congress.

21 Jan 2021 - 9:28AM
Macroscope | How China’s digital currency will thwart US dollar trap and help the world

The digital renminbi is a sovereign currency fully backed by the state, does not require a bank account and has full oversight by Chinese banking authorities. Developing countries will embrace the convenience of China’s digital payment systems.

The digital renminbi is a sovereign currency fully backed by the state, does not require a bank account and has full oversight by Chinese banking authorities. Developing countries will embrace the convenience of China’s digital payment systems.

29 Dec 2020 - 1:42PM
Opinion | With Biden, China gets four years to remake itself as a likeable, trusted power. It must seize the moment

China means to become moderately prosperous by 2035, despite a more hostile external environment. But to achieve its goal, it would do well to address the world’s misgivings by working with the incoming Biden administration.

China means to become moderately prosperous by 2035, despite a more hostile external environment. But to achieve its goal, it would do well to address the world’s misgivings by working with the incoming Biden administration.

13 Nov 2020 - 5:04AM
Opinion | Why the new US ‘China scare’ is big on pressure, short on vision

Given how intricately integrated China is into the international economic order, a global anti-Beijing axis of ‘democracies’ is unrealistic. Meanwhile, Chinese people’s satisfaction with their government has only increased.

Given how intricately integrated China is into the international economic order, a global anti-Beijing axis of ‘democracies’ is unrealistic. Meanwhile, Chinese people’s satisfaction with their government has only increased.

5 Aug 2020 - 9:17AM
Opinion | The seven trends that will define China in the 2020s

What can the world expect from China in this new decade? Besides US-China tension, slower Chinese economic growth, vertical integration and the tilt towards domestic consumption are all likely to have an effect on the rest of the world.

What can the world expect from China in this new decade? Besides US-China tension, slower Chinese economic growth, vertical integration and the tilt towards domestic consumption are all likely to have an effect on the rest of the world.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:47PM
Opinion | Six powerful reasons for Beijing to rethink how Hong Kong should be governed, in the interests of long-term stability

Hongkongers have signalled their intent for greater democracy, and pan-democrats’ electoral momentum will continue if the issue is not unaddressed. A solution will involve meeting some protest demands, but also Beijing’s national security concerns.

Hongkongers have signalled their intent for greater democracy, and pan-democrats’ electoral momentum will continue if the issue is not unaddressed. A solution will involve meeting some protest demands, but also Beijing’s national security concerns.

3 Dec 2019 - 6:48AM
Opinion | Hong Kong should enact national security laws, then seek a more liberal way to elect the chief executive

Beijing will never bend to mob coercion but is reluctant to send in the PLA and wants to preserve ‘one country, two systems’. A sensible proposal is to combine enactment of Article 23 with seeking a more progressive package for universal suffrage.

Beijing will never bend to mob coercion but is reluctant to send in the PLA and wants to preserve ‘one country, two systems’. A sensible proposal is to combine enactment of Article 23 with seeking a more progressive package for universal suffrage.

27 Oct 2019 - 8:15AM
Opinion | As Hong Kong protests cross 100 days, 10 ways to ensure an end to youth anger

Without unpacking the protests’ complex dynamics, dialogue and remedial action risk missing their mark. Apart from policies targeting youth empowerment, assurances on ‘one country, two systems’, as seen before 1997, would go a long way towards easing the unrest.

Without unpacking the protests’ complex dynamics, dialogue and remedial action risk missing their mark. Apart from policies targeting youth empowerment, assurances on ‘one country, two systems’, as seen before 1997, would go a long way towards easing the unrest.

24 Sep 2019 - 11:49AM
Opinion | China’s authorities can allay Hong Kong’s worst fears by addressing its frustrated democratic dreams

The central government understands the extradition bill triggered widespread anxiety about Hong Kong’s future. While maintaining law and order is the immediate priority, in the long term, a package addressing both universal suffrage and Article 23 could be negotiated.

The central government understands the extradition bill triggered widespread anxiety about Hong Kong’s future. While maintaining law and order is the immediate priority, in the long term, a package addressing both universal suffrage and Article 23 could be negotiated.

24 Jul 2019 - 9:02AM
Opinion | To end the trade war and meet its centenary goals, China must embrace soft power and become more likeable

Beijing should treat broad anti-China sentiment as a chance to not only speed up structural reforms, but also embrace soft power changes that will make the Chinese dream easier to achieve.

Beijing should treat broad anti-China sentiment as a chance to not only speed up structural reforms, but also embrace soft power changes that will make the Chinese dream easier to achieve.

17 May 2019 - 3:38AM
Opinion | China is facing not just a trade war with the US but an assault on all fronts. Can it survive, and even thrive?

The US is confronting China in multiple arenas, ranging from technology to Taiwan and the South China Sea. China can emerge stronger if it makes changes that benefit both itself and the US while retaining its development model.

The US is confronting China in multiple arenas, ranging from technology to Taiwan and the South China Sea. China can emerge stronger if it makes changes that benefit both itself and the US while retaining its development model.

24 Jan 2019 - 1:33PM
China’s economy may suffer under Donald Trump’s cold war but the US shouldn’t count on stopping it

Whatever US’ reasons, and whatever methods it may use, China is far too integrated into global supply chains for the US containment strategy to end its upwards trajectory.

Whatever US’ reasons, and whatever methods it may use, China is far too integrated into global supply chains for the US containment strategy to end its upwards trajectory.

17 Oct 2018 - 6:17AM
Opinion | Never mind the trade war, this is how China and the US can both get what they want

The US’ concerns about China aren’t just shared by other countries, they also align with the mainland’s own goals for its future.

The US’ concerns about China aren’t just shared by other countries, they also align with the mainland’s own goals for its future.

22 Jul 2018 - 12:28AM
Sinophobia should not define the US approach to China or its ‘emperor’ Xi

Despite the extensions to Xi Jinping’s power, there are still protocols and procedures limiting what he can do, and there are still ways of engaging China other than in destructive confrontation.

Despite the extensions to Xi Jinping’s power, there are still protocols and procedures limiting what he can do, and there are still ways of engaging China other than in destructive confrontation.

1 Apr 2018 - 6:31PM
How a Sino-US relationship reset would help make America great again

The US stands to gain from China’s rise if it eschews confrontation in favour of collaboration.

The US stands to gain from China’s rise if it eschews confrontation in favour of collaboration.

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