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 is seeking to promote its world view and roll back Westernisation. Can it succeed?

Beijing’s pursuit of global infrastructure expansion, economic primacy and a compelling China narrative are all part of the same mission. If China reclaims the title of the world’s top economy, Chinese civilisation will spread once again – the dawn of an era as golden as the Han dynasty.

Beijing’s pursuit of global infrastructure expansion, economic primacy and a compelling China narrative are all part of the same mission. If China reclaims the title of the world’s top economy, Chinese civilisation will spread once again – the dawn of an era as golden as the Han dynasty.

China is seeking to promote its world view and roll back Westernisation. Can it succeed?
12 Jun 2021 - 2:49AM
The View | Xinjiang cotton: H&M and Nike’s differing fates hold lessons for global brands

Far from frantic, the boycott movement is reasoned, controlled and firmly aligned with China’s vision of its tech-empowered economic ascendancy. Nike is protected from wrath for now because it fills a gap in wearable tech in China’s value chain, especially ahead of the Olympics – unlike H&M.

Far from frantic, the boycott movement is reasoned, controlled and firmly aligned with China’s vision of its tech-empowered economic ascendancy. Nike is protected from wrath for now because it fills a gap in wearable tech in China’s value chain, especially ahead of the Olympics – unlike H&M.

Xinjiang cotton: H&M and Nike’s differing fates hold lessons for global brands
4 Jun 2021 - 9:25PM
Opinion | Three reasons China’s economy is strong but not invincible

China’s economy is surging while the rest of the world struggles with the pandemic. Even so, China’s demographic time bomb, an only partially liberal financial market and systemic weakness in frontier science and technologies threaten its rise.

China’s economy is surging while the rest of the world struggles with the pandemic. Even so, China’s demographic time bomb, an only partially liberal financial market and systemic weakness in frontier science and technologies threaten its rise.

Three reasons China’s economy is strong but not invincible
10 Feb 2021 - 4:28AM
Opinion | 19th-century US world view has no place in Asia’s vibrant, China-led future

The world is moving beyond the order the Biden administration is cultivating, and no normalisation can bring back the old status quo. While America searches for a renewed role in the region, China already has an established position.

The world is moving beyond the order the Biden administration is cultivating, and no normalisation can bring back the old status quo. While America searches for a renewed role in the region, China already has an established position.

19th-century US world view has no place in Asia’s vibrant, China-led future
27 Jan 2021 - 9:15AM
The View | US-China relations: Trump is attacking Chinese tech firms to preserve economic dominance

There are two ways the US can win an economic war against China – coax its economy to grow faster than China’s or stifle the rise of the Chinese economy. The fastest way to victory is to derail liberal market reforms in China and turn its economy away from greater liberalisation.

There are two ways the US can win an economic war against China – coax its economy to grow faster than China’s or stifle the rise of the Chinese economy. The fastest way to victory is to derail liberal market reforms in China and turn its economy away from greater liberalisation.

US-China relations: Trump is attacking Chinese tech firms to preserve economic dominance
13 Aug 2020 - 4:50AM
Opinion | Why technology, not street vendors, will save China’s economy from coronavirus

A street vendor economy will only create the illusion of job security for millions of urban unemployed, migrant workers and fresh graduates. Only by doubling down on technological empowerment can China’s race to global economic superpower status truly succeed.

A street vendor economy will only create the illusion of job security for millions of urban unemployed, migrant workers and fresh graduates. Only by doubling down on technological empowerment can China’s race to global economic superpower status truly succeed.

Why technology, not street vendors, will save China’s economy from coronavirus
19 Jun 2020 - 5:06AM
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.

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
7 May 2020 - 3:27AM
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.

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
17 Feb 2020 - 3:30PM
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.

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
22 Nov 2019 - 12:04PM
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.

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
16 Oct 2019 - 1:43AM
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.

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
8 Aug 2019 - 5:09AM