From left, British prime minister David Lloyd George, Italian premier Vittorio Orlando, French premier Georges Clemenceau and US president Woodrow Wilson meet in May 1919 to discuss the newly formed League of Nations, to help resolve problems. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Winston Mok
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Winston Mok

100 years of Western hypocrisy: how the ghosts of 1919 still haunt China as it forges its own development path

  • The failure of the Paris Peace Conference not only led to another world war, it also taught China to be wary of the US-led global order. It triggered the May Fourth Movement and a brand of nationalism that is still potent today

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From left, British prime minister David Lloyd George, Italian premier Vittorio Orlando, French premier Georges Clemenceau and US president Woodrow Wilson meet in May 1919 to discuss the newly formed League of Nations, to help resolve problems. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
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Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei
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SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

China’s May 4 and June 4 Tiananmen protests: Communist Party only sees patriotism where it suits

  • China on Saturday marks 100 years since the May Fourth Movement. Love for the nation was also at the core of 1989’s student protests, but officials have been trying their best to obscure that legacy

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