Leslie Fong

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Opinion | As Britain’s warship transits South China Sea, memories of 1949 Yangtze naval clash resurface

London has insisted the sailing of a carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth in the contested waterway is not aimed at confronting China.

London has insisted the sailing of a carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth in the contested waterway is not aimed at confronting China.

9 Sep 2021 - 10:45AM
Opinion | Could US, China rivalry lead to war? History shows it might

A look at conflicts between reigning and rising powers over the past 500 years shows a war is inevitable, and may explain why the US wants to destroy Huawei.

A look at conflicts between reigning and rising powers over the past 500 years shows a war is inevitable, and may explain why the US wants to destroy Huawei.

24 Jun 2020 - 9:32AM
Opinion | Why China won’t be paying the West coronavirus reparations any time soon

Demands for compensation evoke painful memories of past humiliations by foreigners - and these are not the only lessons from history showing the West cannot be trusted.

Demands for compensation evoke painful memories of past humiliations by foreigners - and these are not the only lessons from history showing the West cannot be trusted.

15 May 2020 - 5:23AM
Asian Angle | Why we need to uncover the origins of Covid-19

Washington and Beijing are playing an unproductive blame game, but getting to the bottom of it all has nothing to do with politics.

Washington and Beijing are playing an unproductive blame game, but getting to the bottom of it all has nothing to do with politics.

8 Apr 2020 - 6:55PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s anarchy cries out for a forceful response

The chief executive’s overriding responsibility is to restore order and sanity to Hong Kong, without which all talk of reconciliation, housing reform, job creation and so on is moot. This means taking bold action to shock and awe.

The chief executive’s overriding responsibility is to restore order and sanity to Hong Kong, without which all talk of reconciliation, housing reform, job creation and so on is moot. This means taking bold action to shock and awe.

14 Oct 2019 - 3:11PM
Opinion | In US bill on Hong Kong democracy, the real target is China. City should speak out against foreign meddling

In a hearing last week, Joshua Wong and other activists urged the US Congress to pass an act that will punish the city’s leaders for stifling freedoms.

In a hearing last week, Joshua Wong and other activists urged the US Congress to pass an act that will punish the city’s leaders for stifling freedoms.

29 Sep 2019 - 2:17PM
Opinion | Why Macau has been spared from the political turmoil now gripping Hong Kong

Residents of the former Portuguese colony have fully embraced ‘one country, two systems’, and its economy is doing better than Hong Kong’s. 

Residents of the former Portuguese colony have fully embraced ‘one country, two systems’, and its economy is doing better than Hong Kong’s. 

6 Aug 2019 - 12:35PM
Opinion | Hong Kong extradition bill: this is no Singapore living in fear, this is a city ripping itself apart

Thoughtful Singaporeans are deeply saddened that Hong Kong’s social fabric has been torn asunder through cynical and calculated social and political agitation, writes Leslie Fong.

Thoughtful Singaporeans are deeply saddened that Hong Kong’s social fabric has been torn asunder through cynical and calculated social and political agitation, writes Leslie Fong.

22 Jun 2019 - 3:53PM
Asian Angle | Donald Trump’s biggest mistake in US-China trade war: not realising the Chinese will never genuflect again

China’s collective memory of a century of humiliation by foreign powers has steeled its resolve. American politicians do not understand the power of national self-esteem that underpins Chinese resilience, writes Leslie Fong.

China’s collective memory of a century of humiliation by foreign powers has steeled its resolve. American politicians do not understand the power of national self-esteem that underpins Chinese resilience, writes Leslie Fong.

3 Jun 2019 - 11:41PM
Asian Angle | Why Donald Trump’s exit from Syria is another lesson for Asia in trusting the US

America has a history of broken promises in the region, so it’s likely the Koreas, Japan and Taiwan are watching his abrupt withdrawal from the war-torn nation closely

America has a history of broken promises in the region, so it’s likely the Koreas, Japan and Taiwan are watching his abrupt withdrawal from the war-torn nation closely

28 Dec 2018 - 7:10AM
Asian Angle | Lesson for Singapore: concentration of power in a few led to Venice’s downfall

Some residents of the city state have become alienated by what they see as a ruling class that is disdainful of contrary views.

Some residents of the city state have become alienated by what they see as a ruling class that is disdainful of contrary views.

16 Nov 2018 - 10:23AM
On Reflection | Louis Cha asked me if Singapore’s Straits Times would buy Hong Kong’s Ming Pao

Leslie Fong remembers one of his contemporaries in journalism – the celebrated wuxia novelist known as Jin Yong, a literary great who taught him not only Chinese, but ethics, too

Leslie Fong remembers one of his contemporaries in journalism – the celebrated wuxia novelist known as Jin Yong, a literary great who taught him not only Chinese, but ethics, too

2 Nov 2018 - 1:03PM
Asian Angle | Might trumps right: lessons learned by China in the opium wars ring true in US trade row

Beijing understands from bitter experience that great powers can act how they please, morality be damned

Beijing understands from bitter experience that great powers can act how they please, morality be damned

14 Oct 2018 - 4:22PM
Asian Angle | Korean war to trade war, China has a Trump card against US: resilience

Tariffs are just the opening salvo in America’s battle to slow China’s rise, a head-on collision that China’s leaders have long seen coming. Beijing won’t be caught napping.

Tariffs are just the opening salvo in America’s battle to slow China’s rise, a head-on collision that China’s leaders have long seen coming. Beijing won’t be caught napping.

29 Sep 2018 - 1:24PM
Opinion | A Nobel Peace Prize for US President Donald Trump is last thing the world needs

It may have just been a throwaway line for President Moon Jae-in in the afterglow of the Korean summit, but many could mistakenly take it literally – Trump among them. If anyone deserves the prize, it’s Moon himself.

It may have just been a throwaway line for President Moon Jae-in in the afterglow of the Korean summit, but many could mistakenly take it literally – Trump among them. If anyone deserves the prize, it’s Moon himself.

4 May 2018 - 2:37PM
On Reflection | What would Chinese hegemony look like? A lot like US leadership

The imperialist US pot just cannot accept the Chinese kettle may not be black. But it is American hegemony – sorry, leadership – that is the true force in need of balancing.

The imperialist US pot just cannot accept the Chinese kettle may not be black. But it is American hegemony – sorry, leadership – that is the true force in need of balancing.

15 Apr 2018 - 12:31PM
What’s behind Beijing’s South China Sea moves – and why US patrols are making things worse

China believes those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to re-live them – and it has many bitter lessons from which to choose.

China believes those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to re-live them – and it has many bitter lessons from which to choose.

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