Chi Wang

Chi Wang

Chi Wang, a former head of the Chinese section of the US Library of Congress, is president of the US-China Policy Foundation.

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Opinion | Amid the US Capitol siege, American democracy showed its strength and resilience

Even in the face of such unprecedented unrest within the very heart of America’s democracy, its elected representatives resolved to fulfil their constitutional duties and affirm the will of the people.

11 Jan 2021 - 1:32AM

Even in the face of such unprecedented unrest within the very heart of America’s democracy, its elected representatives resolved to fulfil their constitutional duties and affirm the will of the people.

Amid the US Capitol siege, American democracy showed its strength and resilience
Opinion | Why Taiwan’s National Palace Museum controversy is more than a storm in a teacup

The museum has once again become intertwined with a larger political and emotional conversation about Taiwanese identity, the legacy of the martial law era and the future of the island.

5 Jan 2021 - 8:50AM

The museum has once again become intertwined with a larger political and emotional conversation about Taiwanese identity, the legacy of the martial law era and the future of the island.

Why Taiwan’s National Palace Museum controversy is more than a storm in a teacup
Opinion | How Joe Biden can show his appreciation for Asian-American voters

Asian-American voters strongly supported Biden even though neither political party actively reached out to them. Now is the time for the president-elect to recognise that loyalty and include more Asian-Americans in his governing team.

11 Dec 2020 - 6:01AM

Asian-American voters strongly supported Biden even though neither political party actively reached out to them. Now is the time for the president-elect to recognise that loyalty and include more Asian-Americans in his governing team.

How Joe Biden can show his appreciation for Asian-American voters
Opinion | US-China relations: Trump fury is gone but Joe Biden more than capable of talking tough

Despite his declared friendship with Xi Jinping, a look at the US president-elect’s career in Congress shows he has a deep background as a China hawk. Biden is likely to conduct the US-China relationship with more composure than his predecessor, but the bombast of the Trump era will not go away completely.

27 Nov 2020 - 2:16AM

Despite his declared friendship with Xi Jinping, a look at the US president-elect’s career in Congress shows he has a deep background as a China hawk. Biden is likely to conduct the US-China relationship with more composure than his predecessor, but the bombast of the Trump era will not go away completely.

US-China relations: Trump fury is gone but Joe Biden more than capable of talking tough
Opinion | 2020 US election: America’s presidency and its democracy have endured worse

In the past century, the US presidency has gone through periods of uncertainty, but the institution has always persevered. Faith in the presidency may wax and wane, but one thing is certain: Americans will have the chance to vote again.

6 Nov 2020 - 5:50AM

In the past century, the US presidency has gone through periods of uncertainty, but the institution has always persevered. Faith in the presidency may wax and wane, but one thing is certain: Americans will have the chance to vote again.

2020 US election: America’s presidency and its democracy have endured worse
Opinion | Asian-Americans must raise their voice for greater representation in US politics

A lack of interest in courting the Asian vote has been disappointing, and out of proportion with the impact it wields in swing states. It’s up to Asians themselves to step up their political engagement, not just by voting, but also seeking office.

27 Oct 2020 - 5:54AM

A lack of interest in courting the Asian vote has been disappointing, and out of proportion with the impact it wields in swing states. It’s up to Asians themselves to step up their political engagement, not just by voting, but also seeking office.

Asian-Americans must raise their voice for greater representation in US politics
Opinion | US-China relations: how Mike Pompeo’s brusque diplomacy fails to win friends

Pompeo’s rhetoric is aimed at the American public, rather than building relations with foreign nations or advancing US interests abroad. In a globalised society, the effects of foreign policy decisions on security and the economy cannot be understated.

8 Oct 2020 - 1:59AM

Pompeo’s rhetoric is aimed at the American public, rather than building relations with foreign nations or advancing US interests abroad. In a globalised society, the effects of foreign policy decisions on security and the economy cannot be understated.

US-China relations: how Mike Pompeo’s brusque diplomacy fails to win friends
Opinion | Why US-China relations will be poorer for Branstad’s exit as China ambassador

The departure of Branstad, whose ties with Xi Jinping go back to the 1980s, may signal the end of personal diplomacy. And, with US-China relations cooling, his successor is likely to hold more hawkish views.

25 Sep 2020 - 4:04AM

The departure of Branstad, whose ties with Xi Jinping go back to the 1980s, may signal the end of personal diplomacy. And, with US-China relations cooling, his successor is likely to hold more hawkish views.

Why US-China relations will be poorer for Branstad’s exit as China ambassador
Opinion | How the Trump administration has misunderstood the lessons of Nixon, Kissinger and the past 50 years of US-China diplomacy

Decades of China engagement failed, according to Pompeo, because China did not liberalise as US leaders had anticipated. However, Nixon’s opening to China in 1972 had nothing to do with spreading democracy but was entirely about gaining the upper hand in the Cold War.

9 Sep 2020 - 3:09AM

Decades of China engagement failed, according to Pompeo, because China did not liberalise as US leaders had anticipated. However, Nixon’s opening to China in 1972 had nothing to do with spreading democracy but was entirely about gaining the upper hand in the Cold War.

How the Trump administration has misunderstood the lessons of Nixon, Kissinger and the past 50 years of US-China diplomacy
Opinion | The pandemic will end, just as World War II did. (Trust a 90-year-old on this)

As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages the world and the US-China relationship deteriorates, we should take heart from the fact that the Sino-Japanese War eventually ended and, at one time, the US and China were fierce allies.

22 Aug 2020 - 4:32AM

As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages the world and the US-China relationship deteriorates, we should take heart from the fact that the Sino-Japanese War eventually ended and, at one time, the US and China were fierce allies.

The pandemic will end, just as World War II did. (Trust a 90-year-old on this)
Opinion | In a time of US racial reckoning, can Asian-Americans find their voice?

Considering how Asian-Americans are increasingly part of the social and political conversation, their lack of representation in mass media is jarring. It remains to be seen whether the reckoning on racial relations will extend to the diverse Asian population.

7 Aug 2020 - 9:03AM

Considering how Asian-Americans are increasingly part of the social and political conversation, their lack of representation in mass media is jarring. It remains to be seen whether the reckoning on racial relations will extend to the diverse Asian population.

In a time of US racial reckoning, can Asian-Americans find their voice?
Opinion | For US-China relations to improve, diplomats have to step back from Twitter

The finessed language of diplomacy has given way to hashtags and zingers between US State Department hawks and China’s ‘wolf warriors’. But diplomacy rarely succeeds when executed over a microphone.

22 Jul 2020 - 10:24AM

The finessed language of diplomacy has given way to hashtags and zingers between US State Department hawks and China’s ‘wolf warriors’. But diplomacy rarely succeeds when executed over a microphone.

For US-China relations to improve, diplomats have to step back from Twitter
Opinion | US sanctions and Hong Kong Autonomy Act are empty gestures that show a failure to understand

The sanctions have no real bite and the bill does little other than show commitment to a ‘hard’ policy on China ahead of House elections in November. No amount of sanctions, threats or editorials will stand in the way of Beijing protecting its sovereignty.

5 Jul 2020 - 7:40PM

The sanctions have no real bite and the bill does little other than show commitment to a ‘hard’ policy on China ahead of House elections in November. No amount of sanctions, threats or editorials will stand in the way of Beijing protecting its sovereignty.

US sanctions and Hong Kong Autonomy Act are empty gestures that show a failure to understand
Opinion | China’s failing foreign policy needs a reboot to avert a US cold war

The assertive approach to international relations Xi Jinping has advocated since coming into power has not won Beijing any friends. Instead, the roadblocks and resistance it has encountered signal the need for a rethink.

18 Jun 2020 - 3:37AM

The assertive approach to international relations Xi Jinping has advocated since coming into power has not won Beijing any friends. Instead, the roadblocks and resistance it has encountered signal the need for a rethink.

China’s failing foreign policy needs a reboot to avert a US cold war
Opinion | China won’t back down on Hong Kong national security law or any other key issues, whatever the US threatens

The outrage of the US has never made Xi Jinping change his behaviour. If anything, it has only emboldened him. The national security law resolution is part of a broader strategy to reassert China’s territorial integrity.

5 Jun 2020 - 3:13AM

The outrage of the US has never made Xi Jinping change his behaviour. If anything, it has only emboldened him. The national security law resolution is part of a broader strategy to reassert China’s territorial integrity.

China won’t back down on Hong Kong national security law or any other key issues, whatever the US threatens
Opinion | Lest we forget, the US defended Chinese sovereignty through its ‘century of humiliation’

From the Burlingame treaty to the Cairo conference, the US respected Chinese rights, and bilateral ties have been at their best when diplomacy was conducted by professionals. The disgraceful trading of barbs between non-diplomats and on social media is a new low.

2 May 2020 - 8:02AM

From the Burlingame treaty to the Cairo conference, the US respected Chinese rights, and bilateral ties have been at their best when diplomacy was conducted by professionals. The disgraceful trading of barbs between non-diplomats and on social media is a new low.

Lest we forget, the US defended Chinese sovereignty through its ‘century of humiliation’
Opinion | How China is losing the world’s trust following its cover-up of the coronavirus crisis

Beijing failed to go public with the true scale of the pandemic, hampering other nations’ ability to respond in time. China’s rise on the global stage was made possible by the goodwill of the rest of the world, and trust that had been hard earned should not be so easily squandered.

13 Apr 2020 - 1:15PM

Beijing failed to go public with the true scale of the pandemic, hampering other nations’ ability to respond in time. China’s rise on the global stage was made possible by the goodwill of the rest of the world, and trust that had been hard earned should not be so easily squandered.

How China is losing the world’s trust following its cover-up of the coronavirus crisis
Opinion | The ‘sick man of Asia’ headline is indefensible. But China’s expulsion of reporters is the wrong answer

The Cold War created a void filled by propaganda and cultural misunderstanding for an entire generation in the US and China. The best way to prevent misunderstanding is to improve education on both sides rather than kick out reporters.

5 Mar 2020 - 5:55AM

The Cold War created a void filled by propaganda and cultural misunderstanding for an entire generation in the US and China. The best way to prevent misunderstanding is to improve education on both sides rather than kick out reporters.

The ‘sick man of Asia’ headline is indefensible. But China’s expulsion of reporters is the wrong answer
Opinion | Neither Donald Trump nor Xi Jinping can escape blame for their national crises. The difference is Americans can vote out Trump

Trump has stirred up the toxic pot of partisanship politics even as Xi’s leadership style exacerbated the coronavirus crisis. But there is strength in America’s political system: it gives voters the right to criticise and select their leaders.

21 Feb 2020 - 3:10AM

Trump has stirred up the toxic pot of partisanship politics even as Xi’s leadership style exacerbated the coronavirus crisis. But there is strength in America’s political system: it gives voters the right to criticise and select their leaders.

Neither Donald Trump nor Xi Jinping can escape blame for their national crises. The difference is Americans can vote out Trump
Opinion | Coronavirus shows the US and China are sailing in the same boat and share similar national security concerns

The US reported its first coronavirus case soon after Beijing broke its silence on the disease, indicating how many Americans travel to China. The disease has also highlighted the need to overcome the mistrust of and racism towards Chinese in the US.

15 Feb 2020 - 5:07PM

The US reported its first coronavirus case soon after Beijing broke its silence on the disease, indicating how many Americans travel to China. The disease has also highlighted the need to overcome the mistrust of and racism towards Chinese in the US.

Coronavirus shows the US and China are sailing in the same boat and share similar national security concerns
Opinion | Hong Kong protests, Taiwan problem, Wuhan virus: Xi Jinping’s woes just keep mounting

After six months of protests in Hong Kong, the new year has brought more chaos, with Tsai Ing-wen winning an election in Taiwan and disease spreading in Wuhan. Perhaps President Xi Jinping should recognise China needs new leadership.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

After six months of protests in Hong Kong, the new year has brought more chaos, with Tsai Ing-wen winning an election in Taiwan and disease spreading in Wuhan. Perhaps President Xi Jinping should recognise China needs new leadership.

Hong Kong protests, Taiwan problem, Wuhan virus: Xi Jinping’s woes just keep mounting
Opinion | Hongkongers should not abandon the city – what is the point of the protests if they do?

Things may seem dark but Hong Kong has seen worse. And when the protests end, the city will need its best and brightest to rebuild Hong Kong into a free and peaceful hub of ideas and commerce, and a special gateway between East and West.

11 Jan 2020 - 7:53AM

Things may seem dark but Hong Kong has seen worse. And when the protests end, the city will need its best and brightest to rebuild Hong Kong into a free and peaceful hub of ideas and commerce, and a special gateway between East and West.

Hongkongers should not abandon the city – what is the point of the protests if they do?
Opinion | With China, the US must avoid a repeat of its disastrous war in Afghanistan

The US is mired in a 18-year war with Afghanistan, possibly because it has failed to recognise it can’t construct peace and democracy without considering a region’s culture and history. US leaders must not make the same mistake with China.

28 Dec 2019 - 4:48AM

The US is mired in a 18-year war with Afghanistan, possibly because it has failed to recognise it can’t construct peace and democracy without considering a region’s culture and history. US leaders must not make the same mistake with China.

With China, the US must avoid a repeat of its disastrous war in Afghanistan
Opinion | Russia is no friend to China. In fact, Xi’s friendship with Putin is a betrayal of the Chinese people

Russia has little to offer China, other than a means to antagonise the US. Xi’s courtship of Moscow makes no sense because it ignores the animosity that has defined Sino-Russian relations since the Treaty of Nerchinsk in the 17th century.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:26PM

Russia has little to offer China, other than a means to antagonise the US. Xi’s courtship of Moscow makes no sense because it ignores the animosity that has defined Sino-Russian relations since the Treaty of Nerchinsk in the 17th century.

Russia is no friend to China. In fact, Xi’s friendship with Putin is a betrayal of the Chinese people
Opinion | Why the Hong Kong district council election results are a win for Chinese people everywhere

What Beijing has failed to grasp is that the West doesn’t need to interfere in Hong Kong for its cultural influence to be felt. While Hong Kong’s importance to China may have waned, it will always have a special place in the world.

2 Dec 2019 - 3:00AM

What Beijing has failed to grasp is that the West doesn’t need to interfere in Hong Kong for its cultural influence to be felt. While Hong Kong’s importance to China may have waned, it will always have a special place in the world.

Why the Hong Kong district council election results are a win for Chinese people everywhere
Opinion | From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, the US is still taking a healthy, personal approach to China relations

For decades, US presidents have sought to maintain stable bilateral relations through their personal ties with Chinese leaders. However, Chinese ambassadors today are neither close to their US counterparts nor to Beijing.

7 Nov 2019 - 3:50AM

For decades, US presidents have sought to maintain stable bilateral relations through their personal ties with Chinese leaders. However, Chinese ambassadors today are neither close to their US counterparts nor to Beijing.

From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, the US is still taking a healthy, personal approach to China relations
Opinion | To properly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic, China has to embrace its messy, complex and bloody history

The blood and strife of history belie the orderly narrative of the founding of the People’s Republic, with a civil war that was neither glorious nor heroic. Today’s leaders were all born after 1949 while yesterday’s leaders understood the struggle, dedication and sacrifice of becoming New China.

30 Sep 2019 - 9:04AM

The blood and strife of history belie the orderly narrative of the founding of the People’s Republic, with a civil war that was neither glorious nor heroic. Today’s leaders were all born after 1949 while yesterday’s leaders understood the struggle, dedication and sacrifice of becoming New China.

To properly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic, China has to embrace its messy, complex and bloody history
Opinion | China at 70 faces three challenges: Taiwan, the US and Hong Kong. Can Xi Jinping deliver?

Relationships with Taiwan, the US and Hong Kong threaten not only the stability of China, but its very survival. It remains to be seen whether President Xi can resolve these inherited problems and make China strong again.

26 Sep 2019 - 12:39PM

Relationships with Taiwan, the US and Hong Kong threaten not only the stability of China, but its very survival. It remains to be seen whether President Xi can resolve these inherited problems and make China strong again.

China at 70 faces three challenges: Taiwan, the US and Hong Kong. Can Xi Jinping deliver?
Opinion | Hong Kong protesters will gain nothing from the shattering of the city’s peace

The Hong Kong protests have been used as political leverage by pro-independence forces in Taiwan, and the US media. But the young people of Hong Kong can gain little from the continued chaos and media glorification.

23 Jul 2019 - 9:39AM

The Hong Kong protests have been used as political leverage by pro-independence forces in Taiwan, and the US media. But the young people of Hong Kong can gain little from the continued chaos and media glorification.

Hong Kong protesters will gain nothing from the shattering of the city’s peace
Opinion | Will US policy on China change if Trump loses the 2020 presidential election, and does Xi Jinping care who will be in the White House?

While China policy is one of the few areas where Democrats and Republicans converge, the trade war divides the field of US presidential candidates into the moderates who are friendly to free trade and the critics of China’s practices.

27 Jun 2019 - 6:33AM

While China policy is one of the few areas where Democrats and Republicans converge, the trade war divides the field of US presidential candidates into the moderates who are friendly to free trade and the critics of China’s practices.

Will US policy on China change if Trump loses the 2020 presidential election, and does Xi Jinping care who will be in the White House?