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 | 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?
Opinion | As US-China ties sour, Washington is too busy supporting Taipei to celebrate 40 years of relations with Beijing

Beijing may have won over Taipei’s former diplomatic partners, but on the 40th anniversary of official US-China ties it has clearly been out-lobbied and outmanoeuvred in the US capital.

10 Jun 2019 - 1:17AM

Beijing may have won over Taipei’s former diplomatic partners, but on the 40th anniversary of official US-China ties it has clearly been out-lobbied and outmanoeuvred in the US capital.

As US-China ties sour, Washington is too busy supporting Taipei to celebrate 40 years of relations with Beijing
Opinion | China and the US have been suspicious of each other for over 100 years. It doesn’t still have to be this way

In the US, the Chinese Exclusion Act and the rise of McCarthyism contributed to a policy bias against China in the 1950s and 60s. Today, hawkish views proliferate and there is a serious lack of Chinese-Americans in diplomacy with China.

27 May 2019 - 3:00AM

In the US, the Chinese Exclusion Act and the rise of McCarthyism contributed to a policy bias against China in the 1950s and 60s. Today, hawkish views proliferate and there is a serious lack of Chinese-Americans in diplomacy with China.

China and the US have been suspicious of each other for over 100 years. It doesn’t still have to be this way
Opinion | Culture and race can’t be ignored in US-China rivalry – American official Kiron Skinner is right

A State Department official who has been criticised for highlighting these factors in calling China an unprecedented threat to the US has in fact put her finger on the root of the problem – America does not understand China, and its policy is the poorer for it.

11 May 2019 - 3:31AM

A State Department official who has been criticised for highlighting these factors in calling China an unprecedented threat to the US has in fact put her finger on the root of the problem – America does not understand China, and its policy is the poorer for it.

Culture and race can’t be ignored in US-China rivalry – American official Kiron Skinner is right
Opinion | Besides fake news, bias and fewer readers, the US media has another problem: the lack of Asian-American representation

The Asian-American demographic is one of the fastest growing in the US, but its news media is failing to reflect this, which is to the detriment not only of the industry but also society in general.

2 May 2019 - 1:59AM

The Asian-American demographic is one of the fastest growing in the US, but its news media is failing to reflect this, which is to the detriment not only of the industry but also society in general.

Besides fake news, bias and fewer readers, the US media has another problem: the lack of Asian-American representation
Where are Xi Jinping’s works of calligraphy? Collector laments a disappearing Chinese art form

Chi Wang, whose Nationalist general father instilled in him a deep appreciation for the art form, explains how the true value of Chinese art is much more than the auction price.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:15AM

Chi Wang, whose Nationalist general father instilled in him a deep appreciation for the art form, explains how the true value of Chinese art is much more than the auction price.

Where are Xi Jinping’s works of calligraphy? Collector laments a disappearing Chinese art form
Opinion | In China, a divided America finds a foe to unite against

In a deteriorating political environment, real or imagined threats posed by China have become a welcome distraction for the US media, people and government. And recent Chinese espionage cases have provided the fearmongers with ammunition.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:55AM

In a deteriorating political environment, real or imagined threats posed by China have become a welcome distraction for the US media, people and government. And recent Chinese espionage cases have provided the fearmongers with ammunition.

In China, a divided America finds a foe to unite against
Opinion | When US universities stop admitting subpar Chinese students, the cheating will end too

Swayed by the financial incentives, some universities are less rigorous in accepting Chinese students who can pay their way. This practice is unfair to all students, including those who were accepted, some of whom resort to cheating.

19 Mar 2019 - 3:15AM

Swayed by the financial incentives, some universities are less rigorous in accepting Chinese students who can pay their way. This practice is unfair to all students, including those who were accepted, some of whom resort to cheating.

When US universities stop admitting subpar Chinese students, the cheating will end too
Opinion | Donald Trump is the leader America needs to confront today’s realities

By subverting conventions to a degree no recent president came close to matching, Trump has forced Americans to reassess their policy priorities and reaffirm their values and freedoms, in the process strengthening democracy in the US.

21 Feb 2019 - 4:27AM

By subverting conventions to a degree no recent president came close to matching, Trump has forced Americans to reassess their policy priorities and reaffirm their values and freedoms, in the process strengthening democracy in the US.

Donald Trump is the leader America needs to confront today’s realities
Opinion | China has no use for democracy. It needs a strong leader like Xi Jinping right now

China has no ideological basis for the development of a system that prizes personal freedom, nor any history with the rule of law. The reality is, for the People’s Republic, strong leadership makes betters sense.

12 Feb 2019 - 4:28AM

China has no ideological basis for the development of a system that prizes personal freedom, nor any history with the rule of law. The reality is, for the People’s Republic, strong leadership makes betters sense.

China has no use for democracy. It needs a strong leader like Xi Jinping right now
Opinion | Government shutdown is damaging the US’ reputation globally, and Trump, Pelosi and McConnell should be ashamed

Government workers are going to food banks and the country’s reputation is plummeting globally while Republicans and Democrats play politics and ignore opportunities for compromise.

26 Jan 2019 - 6:22AM

Government workers are going to food banks and the country’s reputation is plummeting globally while Republicans and Democrats play politics and ignore opportunities for compromise.

Government shutdown is damaging the US’ reputation globally, and Trump, Pelosi and McConnell should be ashamed
Opinion | The US-China relationship is too big to fail, but are Trump and Xi the men to save it?

The normalisation of US-China ties, under Carter and Deng, was an undertaking made possible by a shared vision. How can the current leaders, with their conflicting goals, find a way to move the bilateral relationship forward?

11 Jan 2019 - 1:35AM

The normalisation of US-China ties, under Carter and Deng, was an undertaking made possible by a shared vision. How can the current leaders, with their conflicting goals, find a way to move the bilateral relationship forward?

The US-China relationship is too big to fail, but are Trump and Xi the men to save it?
Opinion | Xi Jinping’s China is ignoring the role the US, and others, played in its rise to economic glory

China, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, is diminishing the roles that Deng Xiaoping and foreign countries played in its reform and rise. In reality, it relied on the fair market access that it now denies other countries.

1 Jan 2019 - 3:10AM

China, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, is diminishing the roles that Deng Xiaoping and foreign countries played in its reform and rise. In reality, it relied on the fair market access that it now denies other countries.

Xi Jinping’s China is ignoring the role the US, and others, played in its rise to economic glory