Shirley Ze Yu

Shirley Ze Yu

Dr Shirley Ze Yu is Asia fellow at Ash Centre, Harvard Kennedy School, a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at London School of Economics, and an associate at the Lau China Institute at King's College London. She has held senior executive roles in Chinese and global corporations over the past decade, and was formerly a China Central Television (CCTV) news anchor.

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Opinion | China’s coronavirus soft-power push will fail if it cannot defend freedoms – at home and abroad

The backlash against the popular Wuhan Diary shows that the Chinese government struggles to allow people the freedom to express basic human emotions. On a global scale, how China deals with Africa’s debt could determine how it is viewed.

7 May 2020 - 3:27AM

The backlash against the popular Wuhan Diary shows that the Chinese government struggles to allow people the freedom to express basic human emotions. On a global scale, how China deals with Africa’s debt could determine how it is viewed.

China’s coronavirus soft-power push will fail if it cannot defend freedoms – at home and abroad
Opinion | Will China stick to the phase one trade deal? That depends on whether it fosters stability

Xi Jinping staying away from the signing of the deal suggests China is leaving open how far it will abide by it. At present, the deal fosters China’s larger goal of stability and does not challenge its economic model, which is veering back towards state control.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:30PM

Xi Jinping staying away from the signing of the deal suggests China is leaving open how far it will abide by it. At present, the deal fosters China’s larger goal of stability and does not challenge its economic model, which is veering back towards state control.

Will China stick to the phase one trade deal? That depends on whether it fosters stability
Opinion | Forget the trade war. Beijing’s worst nightmare is a property market collapse, Japan-style

China’s biggest economic risk in 2020 comes from its efforts to deflate the real estate bubble, which is closer to collapse than any point since 2003. Failure to find a soft landing would may the end of China’s economic dream.

22 Nov 2019 - 12:04PM

China’s biggest economic risk in 2020 comes from its efforts to deflate the real estate bubble, which is closer to collapse than any point since 2003. Failure to find a soft landing would may the end of China’s economic dream.

Forget the trade war. Beijing’s worst nightmare is a property market collapse, Japan-style
Opinion | China would rather see Hong Kong lose its role as a financial gateway than ever cede political control

Beijing might be looking to replace Hong Kong as a offshore financial centre with London. In China’s long history, the unrest in Hong Kong will only be a minor blip in the country’s progress.

16 Oct 2019 - 1:43AM

Beijing might be looking to replace Hong Kong as a offshore financial centre with London. In China’s long history, the unrest in Hong Kong will only be a minor blip in the country’s progress.

China would rather see Hong Kong lose its role as a financial gateway than ever cede political control
The View | Donald Trump’s WTO move is a feeble answer to the China challenge

The US wants to rewrite the rules of the global trading game it helped create, and may well succeed. But the challenge of China’s economic model, a combination of authoritarian and libertarian capitalism, won’t be so easily dismissed.

8 Aug 2019 - 5:09AM

The US wants to rewrite the rules of the global trading game it helped create, and may well succeed. But the challenge of China’s economic model, a combination of authoritarian and libertarian capitalism, won’t be so easily dismissed.

Donald Trump’s WTO move is a feeble answer to the China challenge