Peter T. C. Chang

Peter T. C. Chang

Peter T. C. Chang is based at the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya. He is trained in the field of comparative philosophy and religion. His current research project looks at China's soft power and its impact on the Sino-Malaysia relationship specifically and the wider world generally.

Latest from Peter T. C. Chang

Opinion | Fate of Chinese and American billionaires reveals divergences in fight against poverty

While the presidents of both countries have pledged to deal with growing inequities, the US’ capitalist ethos makes government intervention a hard sell. In contrast to the flamboyant space voyages of US billionaires, China’s wealthy have been put on notice.

While the presidents of both countries have pledged to deal with growing inequities, the US’ capitalist ethos makes government intervention a hard sell. In contrast to the flamboyant space voyages of US billionaires, China’s wealthy have been put on notice.

1 Jan 2022 - 3:10AM
Opinion | Press freedom: China may have too little but America has far too much

Authoritarian China has to loosen its grip to allow for a freer press. In America however, unchecked freedom has led to a crisis of authority and undermined the fourth estate’s capacity for fair and balanced reporting.

Authoritarian China has to loosen its grip to allow for a freer press. In America however, unchecked freedom has led to a crisis of authority and undermined the fourth estate’s capacity for fair and balanced reporting.

22 Oct 2021 - 5:43AM
Opinion | Dysfunctional US-China relationship and divided America hinder efforts to tackle global crises

Increasingly tense US-China relations and fractious American politics are hampering the fight against climate change and Covid-19, among other pressing issues. Restoring the US’ steady leadership, which is vital to resolving today’s global problems, requires learning to peacefully coexist with China.

Increasingly tense US-China relations and fractious American politics are hampering the fight against climate change and Covid-19, among other pressing issues. Restoring the US’ steady leadership, which is vital to resolving today’s global problems, requires learning to peacefully coexist with China.

5 Oct 2021 - 2:30AM
Opinion | China’s vaccine diplomacy in Malaysia: problems and prospects amid the pandemic

While China-made vaccines have been relegated to a secondary role in Malaysia over efficacy concerns, they are more readily available, affordable, and easier to administer, making them crucial in developing countries.

While China-made vaccines have been relegated to a secondary role in Malaysia over efficacy concerns, they are more readily available, affordable, and easier to administer, making them crucial in developing countries.

23 Sep 2021 - 4:23PM
Opinion | US must learn to share global stage with China and adapt to the reality of a diverse, multipolar world

America needs to move past its monolithic vision of a world order centred on liberal democracy and recognise the legitimacy of other governance models. The inconvenient truth is that it is not the only ‘shining city upon a hill’.

America needs to move past its monolithic vision of a world order centred on liberal democracy and recognise the legitimacy of other governance models. The inconvenient truth is that it is not the only ‘shining city upon a hill’.

9 Sep 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | Time for China’s elite to embrace the Zheng He spirit and open up to a wary world

As China’s economic and digital web continues to expand, the political establishment must adopt a more open posture. China’s political elite should overcome their reclusive impulses, open up further and make themselves better understood by an attentive yet wary world.

As China’s economic and digital web continues to expand, the political establishment must adopt a more open posture. China’s political elite should overcome their reclusive impulses, open up further and make themselves better understood by an attentive yet wary world.

8 Jul 2021 - 2:31AM
Opinion | The religion behind a divided America and its conflict with China

The crises the US faces are the outgrowth of a peculiar American world view shaped by Christianity’s monotheistic belief system. Until Americans can move past the myth of ‘American exceptionalism’, the US is unlikely to be able to coexist peaceably with the outside world.

The crises the US faces are the outgrowth of a peculiar American world view shaped by Christianity’s monotheistic belief system. Until Americans can move past the myth of ‘American exceptionalism’, the US is unlikely to be able to coexist peaceably with the outside world.

26 Jun 2021 - 2:41AM
Opinion | What the Christian evangelical grip on America means for China and the world

Nurtured by Donald Trump, the Christian radical right – with its doomsday prophecies – threatens to bring civil war, deepen US rivalry with China and upend international relations and governance.

Nurtured by Donald Trump, the Christian radical right – with its doomsday prophecies – threatens to bring civil war, deepen US rivalry with China and upend international relations and governance.

14 Nov 2020 - 4:28AM
Asian Angle | As academic ties between US and China unravel, Malaysia could fill the gap

With American and Chinese universities abandoning any pretence of academic impartiality, Malaysia’s neutrality could provide a base for critical scholarship and impartial research through institutions like Xiamen University Malaysia.

With American and Chinese universities abandoning any pretence of academic impartiality, Malaysia’s neutrality could provide a base for critical scholarship and impartial research through institutions like Xiamen University Malaysia.

18 Oct 2020 - 1:00PM
Opinion | Can China’s ‘community of shared future’ grow amid Malaysia’s internal trust deficit?

The Southeast Asian nation’s Malay Muslim and Chinese Confucian communities are at odds, but have much common ground to work with.

The Southeast Asian nation’s Malay Muslim and Chinese Confucian communities are at odds, but have much common ground to work with.

6 Aug 2020 - 11:03AM
Opinion | America cooperated with the Soviets to fight smallpox. Why is it so hard for the US to work with China against Covid-19?

Since the 1960s, when the US overcame Cold War differences with the Soviet Union to defeat smallpox, America has taken an illiberal, ethno-nationalistic turn. These dark undercurrents, stirred up by Trump, have made it harder for the US to set aside its differences and cooperate with China

Since the 1960s, when the US overcame Cold War differences with the Soviet Union to defeat smallpox, America has taken an illiberal, ethno-nationalistic turn. These dark undercurrents, stirred up by Trump, have made it harder for the US to set aside its differences and cooperate with China

25 Apr 2020 - 4:09AM
Opinion | How Southeast Asia’s Chinese diaspora could play a leading role in defusing Sino-US rivalry

China has woken up to its historical failure to shape how the world sees it. In the battle to influence global opinion, amid the US-China trade war, the Chinese community in Southeast Asia can help bridge the gap between East and West.

China has woken up to its historical failure to shape how the world sees it. In the battle to influence global opinion, amid the US-China trade war, the Chinese community in Southeast Asia can help bridge the gap between East and West.

3 Apr 2020 - 9:41AM
Opinion | Why the US should not push Malaysia to pick sides in Washington’s rivalry with China

Malaysia has shown pragmatism in its approach to China and is uneasy with the US framing of its rivalry as a moral choice between good and evil.

Malaysia has shown pragmatism in its approach to China and is uneasy with the US framing of its rivalry as a moral choice between good and evil.

2 Aug 2019 - 9:00AM
Opinion | To avoid a clash of flawed but great civilisations, the US and China must address their own deficiencies and hubris

China should exercise greater candidness and become a more open society, while America needs to confront its racial and ideological prejudices if they are to avoid the Thucydides Trap.

China should exercise greater candidness and become a more open society, while America needs to confront its racial and ideological prejudices if they are to avoid the Thucydides Trap.

31 May 2019 - 9:00PM
Opinion | Are Confucian China and the Christian West destined to clash? How religion can explain the new cold war

China’s Confucian heritage means it can tolerate multiple belief systems ‘under heaven’, but the US’ insistence on liberal democracy has echoes of Christian exclusivism.

China’s Confucian heritage means it can tolerate multiple belief systems ‘under heaven’, but the US’ insistence on liberal democracy has echoes of Christian exclusivism.

9 Feb 2019 - 1:51AM
Opinion | Amid growing suspicion of Beijing, the world needs the wisdom of Chinese scholarship – and so does China

China’s flexing of its academic muscles is to be welcomed, if its cooperation with others is fair and open. For its own sake, too, China must return to the roots of its tradition of pluralistic education, and free up space for critical learning.

China’s flexing of its academic muscles is to be welcomed, if its cooperation with others is fair and open. For its own sake, too, China must return to the roots of its tradition of pluralistic education, and free up space for critical learning.

26 Oct 2018 - 2:19PM
Opinion | Mahathir’s new Malay dilemma: tackle poverty among the majority without excluding others, particularly the Chinese

Peter T.C. Chang writes that, 48 years after his book diagnosing the problems ethnic Malays faced, Mahathir Mohamad is once again leading a country where Malays are still mostly poor, despite a decades-old policy that has favoured them and angered other groups. Addressing both problems will be the great challenge of his term in office.

Peter T.C. Chang writes that, 48 years after his book diagnosing the problems ethnic Malays faced, Mahathir Mohamad is once again leading a country where Malays are still mostly poor, despite a decades-old policy that has favoured them and angered other groups. Addressing both problems will be the great challenge of his term in office.

1 Aug 2018 - 1:21PM
Ethnic Chinese in Malaysia are celebrating China’s rise – but as multicultural Malaysians, not Chinese

At a time when China is emerging as a global power and extending its influence far and wide, aspersions cast on the loyalty of ethnic Chinese born and bred in Malaysia are wholly unjustified. 

At a time when China is emerging as a global power and extending its influence far and wide, aspersions cast on the loyalty of ethnic Chinese born and bred in Malaysia are wholly unjustified. 

11 May 2018 - 7:48PM
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM