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 | Biden is running out of time to implement his China policy. First he must decide what it is

The US president has made it clear he wants to compete with China, but while his rhetoric has united Democrats and Republicans, it has done little else. With no China expertise within his team or any chance to meet Xi face to face, Biden’s China policy is suffering and his window of opportunity narrowing.

The US president has made it clear he wants to compete with China, but while his rhetoric has united Democrats and Republicans, it has done little else. With no China expertise within his team or any chance to meet Xi face to face, Biden’s China policy is suffering and his window of opportunity narrowing.

17 Jan 2022 - 1:30AM
Opinion | How US and China are fuelling tensions by failing to foster better mutual understanding

There seems little hope the US-China relationship will improve significantly as the two drift further apart. If this continues, the next generation of US and China policymakers will have even less nuanced understandings and experience in dealing with their counterparts.

There seems little hope the US-China relationship will improve significantly as the two drift further apart. If this continues, the next generation of US and China policymakers will have even less nuanced understandings and experience in dealing with their counterparts.

31 Dec 2021 - 1:56AM
Opinion | Battle of Hong Kong: 80 years on, the memories of an indelible episode in city’s history still resonate

While the British-led forces held out for less time than London had hoped, the resistance was stronger than Tokyo planned. The horrors of war are hard to reconcile with some uncharacteristic acts of generosity by the commander of the Japanese forces.

While the British-led forces held out for less time than London had hoped, the resistance was stronger than Tokyo planned. The horrors of war are hard to reconcile with some uncharacteristic acts of generosity by the commander of the Japanese forces.

8 Dec 2021 - 2:30PM
Opinion | Lesson from history: how Chiang Kai-shek lost China

In reviewing history, the Communist Party made no mention of the collapse of KMT rule after the civil war. But, for Beijing, the blunders and character flaws that culminated in the Nationalists’ defeat in the civil war could be more instructive than the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In reviewing history, the Communist Party made no mention of the collapse of KMT rule after the civil war. But, for Beijing, the blunders and character flaws that culminated in the Nationalists’ defeat in the civil war could be more instructive than the collapse of the Soviet Union.

18 Nov 2021 - 4:23AM
Opinion | Why the new US and China ambassadors are only likely to make tensions worse

Promoting effective engagement is more important than ever as face-to-face meetings between Xi and Biden look increasingly unlikely. Bellicose rhetoric won’t help promote smoother US-China engagement, which is what ambassadors should be focused on.

Promoting effective engagement is more important than ever as face-to-face meetings between Xi and Biden look increasingly unlikely. Bellicose rhetoric won’t help promote smoother US-China engagement, which is what ambassadors should be focused on.

14 Sep 2021 - 4:47AM
Opinion | Why Chinese pleasure over the US fiasco in Afghanistan will be short-lived

When the Schadenfreude over this moment of US defeat wears off, China will see that neither America’s withdrawal nor Taliban’s resurgence are in its best interest. And although Chinese officials have been engaging the Taliban, the Islamist group makes for a strange partner.

When the Schadenfreude over this moment of US defeat wears off, China will see that neither America’s withdrawal nor Taliban’s resurgence are in its best interest. And although Chinese officials have been engaging the Taliban, the Islamist group makes for a strange partner.

23 Aug 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | Why Germany’s China policy is unlikely to change, post Merkel

Germany and China have reached an understanding that should outlast Merkel’s tenure. Berlin can press Beijing on human rights, without hurting trade relations, while China will also maintain the status quo and not use economic coercion.

Germany and China have reached an understanding that should outlast Merkel’s tenure. Berlin can press Beijing on human rights, without hurting trade relations, while China will also maintain the status quo and not use economic coercion.

28 Jul 2021 - 4:55AM
Opinion | US-China relations: what Biden’s and Xi’s picks for ambassador could mean

The US could be signalling a return to diplomacy, with the rumoured choice of a diplomat with Nato experience for ambassador to China. However, the likely replacement for Beijing’s man in Washington suggests wolf warrior diplomacy may be here to stay.

The US could be signalling a return to diplomacy, with the rumoured choice of a diplomat with Nato experience for ambassador to China. However, the likely replacement for Beijing’s man in Washington suggests wolf warrior diplomacy may be here to stay.

17 Jul 2021 - 1:50AM
Opinion | Despite Joe Biden’s actions on hate crimes, Asians in the US see little to celebrate

The ugly reality is that many Americans are prejudiced. The past year has made it abundantly clear how difficult it is for Asians like me to feel they belong in the US, no matter how long they have lived here.

The ugly reality is that many Americans are prejudiced. The past year has made it abundantly clear how difficult it is for Asians like me to feel they belong in the US, no matter how long they have lived here.

5 Jun 2021 - 2:32AM
Opinion | Why Joe Biden’s celebration of America’s successful return is premature

The US president has underestimated the complexities of outcompeting China and overestimated allies’ capacity to recommit to US leadership. Moreover, Congress remains deadlocked, economic recovery is uncertain and Donald Trump could seek the presidency again in 2024.

The US president has underestimated the complexities of outcompeting China and overestimated allies’ capacity to recommit to US leadership. Moreover, Congress remains deadlocked, economic recovery is uncertain and Donald Trump could seek the presidency again in 2024.

5 May 2021 - 1:28PM
Opinion | How the US-China knowledge gap is hurting American diplomatic efforts

The top Chinese diplomat speaks fluent English, but the US Secretary of State does not speak Chinese. Their meeting in Alaska highlights a US-China gap. It is worrying that as the US and China move towards a “new cold war”, the next generation of US policymakers may be even less well-informed about China.

The top Chinese diplomat speaks fluent English, but the US Secretary of State does not speak Chinese. Their meeting in Alaska highlights a US-China gap. It is worrying that as the US and China move towards a “new cold war”, the next generation of US policymakers may be even less well-informed about China.

30 Mar 2021 - 1:42AM
Opinion | US in decline: why Joe Biden will struggle to return America to its golden age

America’s decline has happened over a longer period than just Trump’s four-year term, and it will take far longer to reverse it. The country seems to be facing a profound identity crisis and an ideological divide more bitter and irreconcilable than ever in recent memory.

America’s decline has happened over a longer period than just Trump’s four-year term, and it will take far longer to reverse it. The country seems to be facing a profound identity crisis and an ideological divide more bitter and irreconcilable than ever in recent memory.

2 Mar 2021 - 2:28AM
Opinion | Why Joe Biden, man of contradictions, is just the president to unite a divided United States

What separates Biden from his predecessors are the intricacies of his character and career, which make him uniquely qualified to handle these extraordinary times defined by calls for unity and justice, healing and retribution, a return to normalcy and radical change.

What separates Biden from his predecessors are the intricacies of his character and career, which make him uniquely qualified to handle these extraordinary times defined by calls for unity and justice, healing and retribution, a return to normalcy and radical change.

28 Jan 2021 - 12:54AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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