Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu is University Professor at the National University of Singapore and Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University. He was vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong from 1986 to 1995.

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Opinion | China’s reforms don’t contradict the communist revolution – they consolidate it

As the People’s Republic turns 70, sinologist and historian Wang Gungwu delves deep into ancient history to illustrate how modern China, from Mao Zedong to Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, has followed a continuous rather than contradictory path. Wang was speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine in Singapore.

30 Sep 2019 - 5:14PM

As the People’s Republic turns 70, sinologist and historian Wang Gungwu delves deep into ancient history to illustrate how modern China, from Mao Zedong to Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, has followed a continuous rather than contradictory path. Wang was speaking at the launch of ThinkChina magazine in Singapore.

China’s reforms don’t contradict the communist revolution – they consolidate it
Opinion | How China chose a communist revolution over capitalism and rehabilitated the idea of reform

As the People’s Republic turns 70, the idea of reform is favoured, but for centuries it was regarded as doomed to fail, says sinologist Wang Gungwu at the launch of ThinkChina magazine.

30 Sep 2019 - 5:19PM

As the People’s Republic turns 70, the idea of reform is favoured, but for centuries it was regarded as doomed to fail, says sinologist Wang Gungwu at the launch of ThinkChina magazine.

How China chose a communist revolution over capitalism and rehabilitated the idea of reform
Ancient past, modern ambitions: historian Wang Gungwu’s new book on China’s delicate balance

China Reconnects: Joining a Deep-rooted Past to a New World Order, by Australian historian Wang Gungwu, looks at how the Middle Kingdom is trying to build a modern civilisation without forgetting its heritage.

9 Sep 2019 - 10:26AM

China Reconnects: Joining a Deep-rooted Past to a New World Order, by Australian historian Wang Gungwu, looks at how the Middle Kingdom is trying to build a modern civilisation without forgetting its heritage.

Ancient past, modern ambitions: historian Wang Gungwu’s new book on China’s delicate balance
Sun Yat-sen to Mao Zedong, I watched the birth of a new China: the Wang Gungwu memoir

In an extract from his memoir ‘Home is Not Here’, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Chinese civilisation recalls visiting the country as a student – and witnessing the establishment of Mao Zedong’s China

12 Aug 2018 - 1:55PM

In an extract from his memoir ‘Home is Not Here’, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Chinese civilisation recalls visiting the country as a student – and witnessing the establishment of Mao Zedong’s China

Sun Yat-sen to Mao Zedong, I watched the birth of a new China: the Wang Gungwu memoir
‘One country’ has never been in question in Hong Kong – but ‘two systems’ needs work

Even under British rule, Hongkongers saw themselves as Chinese. ‘One country, two systems’ thus reflects the city’s experience of not being separate from China while providing a safe place for dissent. 

12 Apr 2018 - 7:44PM

Even under British rule, Hongkongers saw themselves as Chinese. ‘One country, two systems’ thus reflects the city’s experience of not being separate from China while providing a safe place for dissent. 

‘One country’ has never been in question in Hong Kong – but ‘two systems’ needs work
Protesters and Hong Kong government now in a test of wills

Hong Kong in China, and China in Hong Kong, have long been part of a larger story. The story did not begin with the handover in 1997. Its roots go back to when Hong Kong was a small island to be ceded without much pain.

9 Oct 2014 - 4:31AM

Hong Kong in China, and China in Hong Kong, have long been part of a larger story. The story did not begin with the handover in 1997. Its roots go back to when Hong Kong was a small island to be ceded without much pain.

Protesters and Hong Kong government now in a test of wills