David Zweig

David Zweig

David Zweig is chair professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and managing director of Transnational China Consulting Limited.

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Opinion | US-China relations: Pompeo’s bomb-throwing Taiwan shift leaves Biden in bind with Beijing

By putting Taiwan’s status regarding the United States and China at the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda, he has introduced a serious roadblock to improved relations between the incoming administration and Beijing.

By putting Taiwan’s status regarding the United States and China at the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda, he has introduced a serious roadblock to improved relations between the incoming administration and Beijing.

US-China relations: Pompeo’s bomb-throwing Taiwan shift leaves Biden in bind with Beijing
18 Jan 2021 - 1:04AM
Opinion | To get young Hongkongers to take up mainland job opportunities, build trust and avoid politics

Those who want to work on the mainland will go, but the government should not expect a one-off policy to resolve anti-mainland sentiment among Hong Kong youths. Young people need to know the benefits and risks of working on the mainland.

Those who want to work on the mainland will go, but the government should not expect a one-off policy to resolve anti-mainland sentiment among Hong Kong youths. Young people need to know the benefits and risks of working on the mainland.

To get young Hongkongers to take up mainland job opportunities, build trust and avoid politics
19 Dec 2020 - 6:54AM
Opinion | How China can show the US that its Thousand Talents Plan has nothing to hide

China can end the secrecy over the plan’s contracts, payments and participants, setting US minds at ease and allowing scientific collaborations to continue. The US must also work to limit the spread of anxiety among Chinese scientists in the US or the scaring away of Chinese students.

China can end the secrecy over the plan’s contracts, payments and participants, setting US minds at ease and allowing scientific collaborations to continue. The US must also work to limit the spread of anxiety among Chinese scientists in the US or the scaring away of Chinese students.

How China can show the US that its Thousand Talents Plan has nothing to hide
26 Aug 2020 - 10:52AM
Opinion | Canada’s duty lies in freeing Kovrig and Spavor from China. This means letting Meng go

The suffering of the two Canadians, in detention since December 2018, makes a powerful case for Ottawa to prize pragmatism and sympathy over politics.

The suffering of the two Canadians, in detention since December 2018, makes a powerful case for Ottawa to prize pragmatism and sympathy over politics.

Canada’s duty lies in freeing Kovrig and Spavor from China. This means letting Meng go
2 Jul 2020 - 3:49AM
Opinion | What lies behind Beijing’s imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong? Fear, not arrogance

China’s leaders are facing challenges on multiple fronts and cannot tolerate another summer of protests in Hong Kong and what they perceive as hostile US activities in the city.

China’s leaders are facing challenges on multiple fronts and cannot tolerate another summer of protests in Hong Kong and what they perceive as hostile US activities in the city.

What lies behind Beijing’s imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong? Fear, not arrogance
30 May 2020 - 10:28AM
Opinion | Beijing is getting tough on the democracy movement, but at what cost to Hong Kong?

Beijing has recognised that, under the current conditions, it can’t keep Hong Kong’s opposition forces under control. Something has to give, and that something is China’s promise to grant Hong Kong civil liberties and universal suffrage.

Beijing has recognised that, under the current conditions, it can’t keep Hong Kong’s opposition forces under control. Something has to give, and that something is China’s promise to grant Hong Kong civil liberties and universal suffrage.

Beijing is getting tough on the democracy movement, but at what cost to Hong Kong?
1 May 2020 - 6:21AM
Opinion | As Hong Kong’s protests rage on, Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam and China’s fourth plenum promise more interference

While acknowledging Lam’s work amid the crisis, Chinese leaders exhorted her to restore order. The attention paid to Hong Kong during the fourth plenum and news that central government officials will come to the city to explain the meeting’s communique should arouse concern.

While acknowledging Lam’s work amid the crisis, Chinese leaders exhorted her to restore order. The attention paid to Hong Kong during the fourth plenum and news that central government officials will come to the city to explain the meeting’s communique should arouse concern.

As Hong Kong’s protests rage on, Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam and China’s fourth plenum promise more interference
13 Nov 2019 - 4:32AM
Opinion | If the protest violence continues in Hong Kong, the only winners are Beijing and one-party rule

The violence in Hong Kong benefits Beijing and its narrative that one-party rule is the basis of prosperity. Beijing’s curtailing of Hong Kong’s most important institutions has helped foment the current crisis, but violence is not the solution.

The violence in Hong Kong benefits Beijing and its narrative that one-party rule is the basis of prosperity. Beijing’s curtailing of Hong Kong’s most important institutions has helped foment the current crisis, but violence is not the solution.

If the protest violence continues in Hong Kong, the only winners are Beijing and one-party rule
24 Oct 2019 - 9:01AM
Opinion | Hong Kong protesters and police are locked in a circle of escalating violence – a way out must be found

In the past, violence was unnecessary – peaceful protests led to the shelving of the Article 23 and national education bills. But times have changed in China – and therefore Hong Kong.

In the past, violence was unnecessary – peaceful protests led to the shelving of the Article 23 and national education bills. But times have changed in China – and therefore Hong Kong.

Hong Kong protesters and police are locked in a circle of escalating violence – a way out must be found
14 Sep 2019 - 7:05AM
Opinion | Why Tiananmen Square’s real legacy may be Communist Party unity and the success of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms

After June 4, the purge of liberals who wanted political reform may have given Deng Xiaoping the space he needed to keep economic reforms going when the communist bloc collapsed.

After June 4, the purge of liberals who wanted political reform may have given Deng Xiaoping the space he needed to keep economic reforms going when the communist bloc collapsed.

Why Tiananmen Square’s real legacy may be Communist Party unity and the success of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms
3 Jun 2019 - 9:00AM
Opinion | China counts the costs of its lurch from market reform to ‘Made in China 2025’

The Xi government pledged market reform in 2013, the same year a think tank began research on a competing plan that would become ‘Made in China 2025’. The latter has outpaced reforms, arguably to the nation’s loss.

The Xi government pledged market reform in 2013, the same year a think tank began research on a competing plan that would become ‘Made in China 2025’. The latter has outpaced reforms, arguably to the nation’s loss.

China counts the costs of its lurch from market reform to ‘Made in China 2025’
22 Apr 2019 - 3:00AM
Opinion | While Italy openly welcomes Xi Jinping, is Europe closing the door on China?

Italy is buying into China’s belt and road plan and making a deal that neither the US nor the EU welcomes. As the case of Greece shows, pledging billions to a European Union country with financial needs seems to buy China protection from EU criticism.

Italy is buying into China’s belt and road plan and making a deal that neither the US nor the EU welcomes. As the case of Greece shows, pledging billions to a European Union country with financial needs seems to buy China protection from EU criticism.

While Italy openly welcomes Xi Jinping, is Europe closing the door on China?
23 Mar 2019 - 6:25AM
Opinion | Year of the Pig throwback: how much has changed in China and Hong Kong since 2007?

In 2007, Xi Jinping was anointed as China’s future leader and a path to universal suffrage in Hong Kong had opened up. Today, Xi has consolidated power but China is embroiled in a trade war while Hong Kong’s democracy dreams have been dashed.

In 2007, Xi Jinping was anointed as China’s future leader and a path to universal suffrage in Hong Kong had opened up. Today, Xi has consolidated power but China is embroiled in a trade war while Hong Kong’s democracy dreams have been dashed.

Year of the Pig throwback: how much has changed in China and Hong Kong since 2007?
22 Feb 2019 - 7:22AM
Opinion | Huawei tit-for-tat: the US may have a better case against Meng than China does against two Canadians

The Huawei CFO was arrested for an offence committed by her, not her company, and was allowed to hire a lawyer. Canada has treated her more fairly than China is treating two Canadians in detention.

The Huawei CFO was arrested for an offence committed by her, not her company, and was allowed to hire a lawyer. Canada has treated her more fairly than China is treating two Canadians in detention.

Huawei tit-for-tat: the US may have a better case against Meng than China does against two Canadians
3 Jan 2019 - 6:27AM
Not just ‘containment’: America’s real goal may be to undermine China’s Communist Party

China may have misjudged the timing of announcing its arrival on the global stage, as it seems to have invited a counter-attack from the US that is looking increasingly like an effort to not just limit China’s growth, but also undercut the party’s legitimacy.

China may have misjudged the timing of announcing its arrival on the global stage, as it seems to have invited a counter-attack from the US that is looking increasingly like an effort to not just limit China’s growth, but also undercut the party’s legitimacy.

Not just ‘containment’: America’s real goal may be to undermine China’s Communist Party
20 Oct 2018 - 8:06AM
How Chinese students who return home after studying abroad succeed – and why they don’t

Chinese students are returning home in droves after studying overseas, but whether they earn more and are satisfied with their lives depends on choice of major, work experience abroad and their reasons for returning.

Chinese students are returning home in droves after studying overseas, but whether they earn more and are satisfied with their lives depends on choice of major, work experience abroad and their reasons for returning.

How Chinese students who return home after studying abroad succeed – and why they don’t
27 Jul 2018 - 7:39PM
Why insecure Kim Jong-un now needs a gentle hand, not tough love, from Donald Trump

Kim’s desire to push ahead with economic reform might have motivated his aggressive nuclear programme – and his willingness to talk peace.

Kim’s desire to push ahead with economic reform might have motivated his aggressive nuclear programme – and his willingness to talk peace.

Why insecure Kim Jong-un now needs a gentle hand, not tough love, from Donald Trump
14 May 2018 - 8:02PM
Xi Jinping has consolidated power, but China is still waiting for the promised waves of reform

Xi Jinping has consolidated his power, but the expected market-oriented reform programme has not materialised and is not likely to in the near future.

Xi Jinping has consolidated his power, but the expected market-oriented reform programme has not materialised and is not likely to in the near future.

Xi Jinping has consolidated power, but China is still waiting for the promised waves of reform
21 Mar 2018 - 6:59PM
Does North Korea’s Olympic overture prelude talks with the US?

North Korea’s leadership played a smart move before the Olympics, exposing rifts among and within the US, South Korean and Chinese governments. As a result, chances of dialogue with the US have increased.

North Korea’s leadership played a smart move before the Olympics, exposing rifts among and within the US, South Korean and Chinese governments. As a result, chances of dialogue with the US have increased.

Does North Korea’s Olympic overture prelude talks with the US?
17 Jan 2018 - 6:58PM
A new era dawns for Xi Jinping’s China, but what will it mean for the rest of the world?

The Communist Party’s goal to build national power follows logically from its earlier focuses on national unity and wealth creation. But a political system that is ideologically driven and led by an almost all-powerful leader carries its own dangers.

The Communist Party’s goal to build national power follows logically from its earlier focuses on national unity and wealth creation. But a political system that is ideologically driven and led by an almost all-powerful leader carries its own dangers.

A new era dawns for Xi Jinping’s China, but what will it mean for the rest of the world?
25 Oct 2017 - 7:04PM
China’s cash and American troops are inspiring fine balancing act from US allies in East Asia
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The chief executive election Hong Kong could have had
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Veto of 2017 political reform will bolster Leung Chun-ying's hold on power
19 Jan 2015 - 5:20PM
How China's very real national security fears shaped its reform plan for Hong Kong

Some observers explain that the very restrictive nomination process for universal suffrage in 2017 directed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee was driven by the Communist Party's fear of losing power in Hong Kong and the demonstration effect on Chinese society.

Some observers explain that the very restrictive nomination process for universal suffrage in 2017 directed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee was driven by the Communist Party's fear of losing power in Hong Kong and the demonstration effect on Chinese society.

How China's very real national security fears shaped its reform plan for Hong Kong
25 Sep 2014 - 4:53AM
China's curbs on local government powers won't be enough to stop abuse

The strongest criticism of the Communist Party's third plenum in the West, and even from within China, has been over the lack of political reform.

The strongest criticism of the Communist Party's third plenum in the West, and even from within China, has been over the lack of political reform.

China's curbs on local government powers won't be enough to stop abuse
20 Dec 2013 - 4:13AM
A giant step
2 Jan 2008 - 12:00AM
Recession will rekindle democracy issue
1 Nov 2008 - 12:00AM