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 | 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

25 Apr 2020 - 4:09AM

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

America cooperated with the Soviets to fight smallpox. Why is it so hard for the US to work with China against Covid-19?
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.

3 Apr 2020 - 9:41AM

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.

How Southeast Asia’s Chinese diaspora could play a leading role in defusing Sino-US rivalry
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.

2 Aug 2019 - 9:00AM

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.

Why the US should not push Malaysia to pick sides in Washington’s rivalry with China
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.

31 May 2019 - 9:00PM

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.

To avoid a clash of flawed but great civilisations, the US and China must address their own deficiencies and hubris
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.

9 Feb 2019 - 1:51AM

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.

Are Confucian China and the Christian West destined to clash? How religion can explain the new cold war
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.

26 Oct 2018 - 2:19PM

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.

Amid growing suspicion of Beijing, the world needs the wisdom of Chinese scholarship – and so does China
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.

1 Aug 2018 - 1:21PM

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.

Mahathir’s new Malay dilemma: tackle poverty among the majority without excluding others, particularly the Chinese
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. 

11 May 2018 - 7:48PM

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. 

Ethnic Chinese in Malaysia are celebrating China’s rise – but as multicultural Malaysians, not Chinese 
On the belt and road, the Chinese civilisation is on the march