Frank Ching

Frank Ching

Frank Ching opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in Beijing in 1979 when the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations. Before that, he was with The New York Times in New York for 10 years. After Beijing, he wrote the book Ancestors and later joined the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Latest from Frank Ching

Opinion | Beijing won’t grant Hong Kong real democracy, but it must at least hold Carrie Lam accountable for the political chaos

It is hard for the authorities to meet anti-extradition protesters’ demand for democracy, but there must be a public accounting of the saga. Hong Kong faces its biggest crisis in 22 years, but no official has assumed responsibility.

10 Aug 2019 - 7:16AM

It is hard for the authorities to meet anti-extradition protesters’ demand for democracy, but there must be a public accounting of the saga. Hong Kong faces its biggest crisis in 22 years, but no official has assumed responsibility.

Beijing won’t grant Hong Kong real democracy, but it must at least hold Carrie Lam accountable for the political chaos
It is in Beijing’s interests to ensure Hong Kong doesn’t wilt and fade
To Beijing, with love: please stay out of Hong Kong’s leadership race
China has all but ended the charade of a peaceful rise
Beijing's role in the Kuomintang's election challenge
Pan-democrats must play no part in perpetuating Hong Kong's small-circle Election Committee
Word to the wise: Beijing is losing patience with Hong Kong's bailout requests
Eighteen years on, we remain 'one country, two peoples'
On political reform, Hong Kong people's views of what is acceptable should count more than democrats'
Where does Hong Kong stand in Li Keqiang's speech?
If Hongkongers are sheep, how far will Leung Chun-ying go to protect his flock?
China wants Asian security to be Asia's business, with or without the US
Political reform plan must include government pledge for post-2017 improvements
Power of free speech must be wielded carefully amid threat of terrorism
China and Japan try to move away from the past - while holding on to it
Beijing's broken promise on Hong Kong democracy shattered our trust
The government must take responsibility for ending Occupy protests
Opinion | Amid visa doubts for US journalists, does China value objective reporting?

With the end of the year approaching, foreign correspondents in Beijing again have to seek an extension of their journalists' visa. Some American reporters are by no means certain they will be renewed.

19 Nov 2014 - 4:49AM

With the end of the year approaching, foreign correspondents in Beijing again have to seek an extension of their journalists' visa. Some American reporters are by no means certain they will be renewed.

Amid visa doubts for US journalists, does China value objective reporting?
Opinion | Hong Kong legislators who serve on a state body risk their independence - or their post

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference has been in the news because of the expulsion of Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun from its ranks. It is often referred to as China's top advisory body.

5 Nov 2014 - 4:42AM

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference has been in the news because of the expulsion of Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun from its ranks. It is often referred to as China's top advisory body.

Hong Kong legislators who serve on a state body risk their independence - or their post
Opinion | Communist Party was a true champion of democratic rights - until it came to power

Proverbs reflect the wisdom of a people, as passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes they can be traced to an individual who is not as well known as the words he or she coined.

22 Oct 2014 - 7:09AM

Proverbs reflect the wisdom of a people, as passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes they can be traced to an individual who is not as well known as the words he or she coined.

Communist Party was a true champion of democratic rights - until it came to power
Opinion | With the world watching, will Beijing yet grant concessions on Hong Kong political reform?

Even if student activists don't get Beijing to withdraw its decision on universal suffrage, they have already done a remarkable thing by putting Hong Kong back on the map.

8 Oct 2014 - 4:21AM

Even if student activists don't get Beijing to withdraw its decision on universal suffrage, they have already done a remarkable thing by putting Hong Kong back on the map.

With the world watching, will Beijing yet grant concessions on Hong Kong political reform?
Opinion | Beijing's ruling will be final word on Hong Kong's 'ultimate aim' of universal suffrage

For well over a decade, Hong Kong society has been torn by the lure of democracy or, as the Basic Law puts it, universal suffrage. The August 31 decision by the NPC is likely to indefinitely prolong dissension within the community.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:34AM

For well over a decade, Hong Kong society has been torn by the lure of democracy or, as the Basic Law puts it, universal suffrage. The August 31 decision by the NPC is likely to indefinitely prolong dissension within the community.

Beijing's ruling will be final word on Hong Kong's 'ultimate aim' of universal suffrage
Opinion | Party time in Hong Kong if governance crisis is ever to be resolved

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, in his press conference last week, surprisingly acknowledged there is a problem with Hong Kong’s political system – one constructed according to the Basic Law.

10 Sep 2014 - 3:52AM

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, in his press conference last week, surprisingly acknowledged there is a problem with Hong Kong’s political system – one constructed according to the Basic Law.

Party time in Hong Kong if governance crisis is ever to be resolved
Opinion | Now that Taiwanese can petition Beijing, why not Hongkongers?

In traditional China, aggrieved people from around the country could seek justice by travelling to the capital and lodging a petition. In today's China, the system continues, with the State Bureau for Letters and Calls being responsible for dealing with petitioners.

27 Aug 2014 - 1:52AM

In traditional China, aggrieved people from around the country could seek justice by travelling to the capital and lodging a petition. In today's China, the system continues, with the State Bureau for Letters and Calls being responsible for dealing with petitioners.

Now that Taiwanese can petition Beijing, why not Hongkongers?
Opinion | Patriotism is proving hard to define

The controversy over whether pan-democrats are patriotic and hence qualified to become candidates in the chief executive election in 2017 turns on different definitions of patriotism.

13 Aug 2014 - 2:17AM

The controversy over whether pan-democrats are patriotic and hence qualified to become candidates in the chief executive election in 2017 turns on different definitions of patriotism.

Patriotism is proving hard to define
Opinion | Development of party politics will help support reform after 2017

At long last, a Chinese leader has acknowledged the Basic Law's stipulation that the method of selecting the chief executive shall be specified "in the light of the actual situation" in Hong Kong.

30 Jul 2014 - 1:41AM

At long last, a Chinese leader has acknowledged the Basic Law's stipulation that the method of selecting the chief executive shall be specified "in the light of the actual situation" in Hong Kong.

Development of party politics will help support reform after 2017
Opinion | Universal suffrage will let people feel they have a real stake in Hong Kong

The latest British six-monthly report on Hong Kong was released at a sensitive time. It came weeks after China's white paper on "one country, two systems" and on the same day as the disclosure that reports on electoral reform were to be made public this week.

16 Jul 2014 - 3:04AM

The latest British six-monthly report on Hong Kong was released at a sensitive time. It came weeks after China's white paper on "one country, two systems" and on the same day as the disclosure that reports on electoral reform were to be made public this week.

Universal suffrage will let people feel they have a real stake in Hong Kong
Opinion | Does Chinese blood really lack the DNA for aggression?

Expansion is not in the Chinese DNA", Premier Li Keqiang declared during his visit to Britain, apparently in an attempt to allay fears driven by China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, "nor can we accept the logic that a strong country is bound to become hegemonic."

2 Jul 2014 - 3:45AM

Expansion is not in the Chinese DNA", Premier Li Keqiang declared during his visit to Britain, apparently in an attempt to allay fears driven by China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, "nor can we accept the logic that a strong country is bound to become hegemonic."

Does Chinese blood really lack the DNA for aggression?
Opinion | Does Beijing intend to weaken powers of the Hong Kong government?

In the late 1970s, Britain presented China with a problem: what to do about Hong Kong since the British lease on the New Territories, which accounted for more than 90 per cent of the colony, would expire in 1997.

18 Jun 2014 - 1:31AM

In the late 1970s, Britain presented China with a problem: what to do about Hong Kong since the British lease on the New Territories, which accounted for more than 90 per cent of the colony, would expire in 1997.

Does Beijing intend to weaken powers of the Hong Kong government?
Opinion | Post June 4, the party has thrived, but so has corruption

Twenty-five years ago, the world was shocked. Tanks rumbled through the streets of Beijing and shots were fired at students and other civilians who had gathered to protest against inflation and corruption. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Twenty-five years ago, the world was shocked. Tanks rumbled through the streets of Beijing and shots were fired at students and other civilians who had gathered to protest against inflation and corruption. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed.

Post June 4, the party has thrived, but so has corruption