Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith is an assistant professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

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Opinion | Hong Kong’s protests present Beijing with a no-win situation. Will it choose the path where it loses the least?

Being dependent on international goodwill to maintain trade, it’s in the central government’s interests to handle Hong Kong with patience. Having stoked nationalism, however, Beijing may be tempted to deal with the protests decisively.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:03AM

Being dependent on international goodwill to maintain trade, it’s in the central government’s interests to handle Hong Kong with patience. Having stoked nationalism, however, Beijing may be tempted to deal with the protests decisively.

Hong Kong’s protests present Beijing with a no-win situation. Will it choose the path where it loses the least?
Opinion | If Beijing is considering deploying the PLA in Hong Kong, it should heed the legacy of the Hungarian Revolution and act with care

In 1956 the Soviet Union forcefully quelled dissent in Hungary, and consequently lost moral standing in the cold war. China should remember this and consider what PLA intervention in Hong Kong would mean for its ‘peaceful rise’ narrative.

8 Aug 2019 - 6:11AM

In 1956 the Soviet Union forcefully quelled dissent in Hungary, and consequently lost moral standing in the cold war. China should remember this and consider what PLA intervention in Hong Kong would mean for its ‘peaceful rise’ narrative.

If Beijing is considering deploying the PLA in Hong Kong, it should heed the legacy of the Hungarian Revolution and act with care
Opinion | After the Mueller report, it’s clear Putin and Russia aren’t the cause of Western democracy’s problems

It has become fashionable to blame Russian interference for cases in which democracy seems to have gone awry – from Brexit to Donald Trump’s presidency. The trouble, however, lies more with electoral democracy.

26 Mar 2019 - 2:59AM

It has become fashionable to blame Russian interference for cases in which democracy seems to have gone awry – from Brexit to Donald Trump’s presidency. The trouble, however, lies more with electoral democracy.

After the Mueller report, it’s clear Putin and Russia aren’t the cause of Western democracy’s problems
Opinion | China’s soft-power play: what will it take to get it just right and hit the Goldilocks zone?

After years of trying to win friends and gain influence through its outreach programmes, Beijing has run into a wall. The reason is twofold: China must improve its art of persuasion, and the West it seeks to impress must be willing to come to the party.

16 Jan 2019 - 8:50AM

After years of trying to win friends and gain influence through its outreach programmes, Beijing has run into a wall. The reason is twofold: China must improve its art of persuasion, and the West it seeks to impress must be willing to come to the party.

China’s soft-power play: what will it take to get it just right and hit the Goldilocks zone?
How China can tax its way out of a housing bubble: just read Sun Yat-sen and study Singapore

There is an answer to Beijing’s property bubble conundrum: either a single tax on land value that Sun argued for, or a pragmatic land tenure system that Singapore has adopted.

19 Oct 2018 - 7:10AM

There is an answer to Beijing’s property bubble conundrum: either a single tax on land value that Sun argued for, or a pragmatic land tenure system that Singapore has adopted.

How China can tax its way out of a housing bubble: just read Sun Yat-sen and study Singapore