Kerry Brown

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Opinion | Huawei leak reflects China’s growing importance as a partner for post-Brexit Britain

China has not loomed large in the British consciousness until recently, but with Brexit on the horizon, Huawei tech and investment look inviting enough for the UK to disregard US concerns.

29 Apr 2019 - 1:44AM

China has not loomed large in the British consciousness until recently, but with Brexit on the horizon, Huawei tech and investment look inviting enough for the UK to disregard US concerns.

Huawei leak reflects China’s growing importance as a partner for post-Brexit Britain
Asian Angle | UK will talk up Huawei to China, then back the US like always

Mired in Brexit and desperate for friends outside Europe, Britain is keen to court Chinese investment. But as the UK’s decision to send a warship to the South China Sea shows, its warm words are likely to be empty ones

25 Feb 2019 - 8:56AM

Mired in Brexit and desperate for friends outside Europe, Britain is keen to court Chinese investment. But as the UK’s decision to send a warship to the South China Sea shows, its warm words are likely to be empty ones

UK will talk up Huawei to China, then back the US like always
Opinion | Resolving China’s ‘phantom conflict’ with the West demands a strong sense of perspective

Beijing’s economic and geopolitical rise is causing a major shift in the global order, but anyone hoping for a one size fits all solution to the tit-for-tat disputes and repeated misunderstandings needs to think again, writes Kerry Brown.

20 Jan 2019 - 10:35PM

Beijing’s economic and geopolitical rise is causing a major shift in the global order, but anyone hoping for a one size fits all solution to the tit-for-tat disputes and repeated misunderstandings needs to think again, writes Kerry Brown.

Resolving China’s ‘phantom conflict’ with the West demands a strong sense of perspective
Asian Angle | In China puzzle, at least Australia knows itself. The UK hasn’t a clue

Canberra has been thorough in examining its position on a rising China. London’s response is one of complacency verging on indifference.

29 Sep 2018 - 4:02PM

Canberra has been thorough in examining its position on a rising China. London’s response is one of complacency verging on indifference.

In China puzzle, at least Australia knows itself. The UK hasn’t a clue
Asian Angle | Hong Kong handover took almost 20 years. Brexit’s taking two. A UK self-esteem issue?

The UK was meticulous in negotiating the handover of its colony to China – an issue remote to most Britons. Now it’s rushing like a lemming towards a cliff regarding a far more substantive domestic issue. What gives?

30 Jul 2018 - 8:03AM

The UK was meticulous in negotiating the handover of its colony to China – an issue remote to most Britons. Now it’s rushing like a lemming towards a cliff regarding a far more substantive domestic issue. What gives?

Hong Kong handover took almost 20 years. Brexit’s taking two. A UK self-esteem issue?
On Reflection | Be patient World Cup fans, China still playing the long game to host tournament

Though it’s only qualified for the event once – in 2002 – Beijing still has its eyes squarely on landing the event later this century, and its plan is subtle yet unrelenting.

15 Jul 2018 - 3:00PM

Though it’s only qualified for the event once – in 2002 – Beijing still has its eyes squarely on landing the event later this century, and its plan is subtle yet unrelenting.

Be patient World Cup fans, China still playing the long game to host tournament
Asian Angle | As US and EU square up on trade, one country stands to benefit: China

Squabbling between the former allies is likely to work in the ultimate interests of only one country: China.

9 Jun 2018 - 10:38AM

Squabbling between the former allies is likely to work in the ultimate interests of only one country: China.

As US and EU square up on trade, one country stands to benefit: China
Asian Angle | China’s strength is in making the West doubt the value of doubt

A grand psychological struggle is under way, in which China’s supreme confidence and unity under Xi Jinping is forcing the West to re-examine its assumption that self-criticism is a virtue

3 Jun 2018 - 2:00PM

A grand psychological struggle is under way, in which China’s supreme confidence and unity under Xi Jinping is forcing the West to re-examine its assumption that self-criticism is a virtue

China’s strength is in making the West doubt the value of doubt
Asian Angle | Why is Beijing so obsessed with order? It fears the alternative

Never has so much been at stake for China, which explains its ever-tightening grip on society. As its time in the global limelight nears, there can be no room for improvisation, if there ever was.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Never has so much been at stake for China, which explains its ever-tightening grip on society. As its time in the global limelight nears, there can be no room for improvisation, if there ever was.

Why is Beijing so obsessed with order? It fears the alternative
One world, two empires: Is China-US conflict inevitable?

Washington and Beijing may not admit it, but the truth is our planet, for the first time ever, is in the sway of two globally entangled empires. Does this brave new era need more ‘cold warriors’ – or an open-minded approach?

17 Mar 2018 - 4:49PM

Washington and Beijing may not admit it, but the truth is our planet, for the first time ever, is in the sway of two globally entangled empires. Does this brave new era need more ‘cold warriors’ – or an open-minded approach?

One world, two empires: Is China-US conflict inevitable?
Opinion | The true test for President Xi Jinping will be when China’s luck runs out

To a Chinese population healthier and wealthier than ever before, a perpetual presidency may seem a price worth paying. But turbulence – or worse – in the years ahead would make it far less compelling.

4 Mar 2018 - 6:26AM

To a Chinese population healthier and wealthier than ever before, a perpetual presidency may seem a price worth paying. But turbulence – or worse – in the years ahead would make it far less compelling.

The true test for President Xi Jinping will be when China’s luck runs out
What do Chinese see in ‘Auntie’ Theresa May that Britons don’t?

Refusing to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative and securing hefty trade deals gives the British prime minister a much-needed political victory.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Refusing to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative and securing hefty trade deals gives the British prime minister a much-needed political victory.

What do Chinese see in ‘Auntie’ Theresa May that Britons don’t?
Politicking over and team in place, 2018 is when China’s Xi has to deliver on reforms
Opinion: Why China’s Xi might come to regret all that power
Opinion: The real message for the world in China’s first global congress
What Beijing’s ring roads say about China’s foreign policy
China and the EU were never natural partners, Trump has made them so
How Brexit Britain can gain from China’s Belt and Road
Opinion: Dreams of Chinese riches show Brexit Britain’s living in a bubble
Book review: The Killing Wind is not for the faint-hearted as it charts Cultural Revolution horrors

By depicting the murderous upheaval unleashed in one cluster of villages in Hunan, author Tan Hecheng brings out the senselessness of what Mao Zedong unleashed – and offers remarkable testament to Chinese historians’ work

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

By depicting the murderous upheaval unleashed in one cluster of villages in Hunan, author Tan Hecheng brings out the senselessness of what Mao Zedong unleashed – and offers remarkable testament to Chinese historians’ work

Book review: The Killing Wind is not for the faint-hearted as it charts Cultural Revolution horrors
Unpredictable Trump challenges China’s self-interested foreign outlook
China in the 21st century: Confucianist outside, confused inside
Let September 3 be remembered not for the politics, but for war heroes who fought on the Chinese battlefront
China offers an excellent trade in ideas, not just goods and services
Can diverse Asia truly forge shared values and a common destiny?
Tired British diplomacy has little to offer Hong Kong
The case for eliminating Confucius from China's Confucius Institutes

For all the controversy surrounding the opening of hundreds of Confucius Institutes across the world in the last decade, one crucial factor has been overlooked: Confucius himself.

6 Jun 2014 - 8:40PM

For all the controversy surrounding the opening of hundreds of Confucius Institutes across the world in the last decade, one crucial factor has been overlooked: Confucius himself.

The case for eliminating Confucius from China's Confucius Institutes
Who is the greatest Chinese leader of the past century?

With Xi Jinping dreaming of a Chinese renaissance and Ma Ying-jeou battling for final support for a landmark trade and services deal with the mainland that might make or break his legacy, perhaps now is a good time to ask who in the Greater China area will be rated well in the decades ahead.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

With Xi Jinping dreaming of a Chinese renaissance and Ma Ying-jeou battling for final support for a landmark trade and services deal with the mainland that might make or break his legacy, perhaps now is a good time to ask who in the Greater China area will be rated well in the decades ahead.

Who is the greatest Chinese leader of the past century?
Democracy in Hong Kong was never Britain's concern, pre and post 1997

The consultations on constitutional reform in Hong Kong mark a moment of major decision-making in the special administrative region. The outcomes are still very unclear, but one thing is certain: Beijing's appetite for hearing British government wisdom on this issue is weak to non-existent.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

The consultations on constitutional reform in Hong Kong mark a moment of major decision-making in the special administrative region. The outcomes are still very unclear, but one thing is certain: Beijing's appetite for hearing British government wisdom on this issue is weak to non-existent.

Democracy in Hong Kong was never Britain's concern, pre and post 1997
A smaller club of Chinese leaders isn't good news for China, or the world