Ian Inkster

Ian Inkster

Ian Inkster, PhD, is professorial research associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, University of London, and a senior fellow at the Taiwan Studies Programme, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham.

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Opinion | Why a China-led free vaccine project for poor countries is an excellent idea

The global order led by the US and Europe cannot move as quickly as China, which can ease tensions and earn goodwill in one master stroke, while fulfilling a genuine need. If it provokes the international elite into action, so much the better.

15 Jan 2021 - 9:03AM

The global order led by the US and Europe cannot move as quickly as China, which can ease tensions and earn goodwill in one master stroke, while fulfilling a genuine need. If it provokes the international elite into action, so much the better.

Why a China-led free vaccine project for poor countries is an excellent idea
Opinion | In the battle against the coronavirus, East Asian societies and cultures have the edge

In real numbers, East Asian economies like China and South Korea are handling the crisis better than Western countries, in large part, it would seem, because of their strong traditions of Confucianism and Buddhism and sense of shared responsibility.

10 Apr 2020 - 5:28AM

In real numbers, East Asian economies like China and South Korea are handling the crisis better than Western countries, in large part, it would seem, because of their strong traditions of Confucianism and Buddhism and sense of shared responsibility.

In the battle against the coronavirus, East Asian societies and cultures have the edge
Opinion | A rising China will not become a global aggressor – it has too much to lose and enough space to transform

While some fear that resurgent communist ideology will undo China’s gains and spark aggression towards other nations, this is unlikely because of how enmeshed China’s economy is with the West.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:51PM

While some fear that resurgent communist ideology will undo China’s gains and spark aggression towards other nations, this is unlikely because of how enmeshed China’s economy is with the West.

A rising China will not become a global aggressor – it has too much to lose and enough space to transform
Opinion | Hong Kong’s hopes and fears are not Taiwan’s – and its protests are a distraction for Taiwanese voters

Owing to Hong Kong’s colonial history and role in global affairs, the city’s relationship with Beijing is vastly different from the equally complex cross-strait relations. Extrapolating from events in Hong Kong to forecast Taiwan’s future is a mistake.

13 Dec 2019 - 9:39AM

Owing to Hong Kong’s colonial history and role in global affairs, the city’s relationship with Beijing is vastly different from the equally complex cross-strait relations. Extrapolating from events in Hong Kong to forecast Taiwan’s future is a mistake.

Hong Kong’s hopes and fears are not Taiwan’s – and its protests are a distraction for Taiwanese voters