A security guard looks at his mobile phone while perched on a barrier near a yin and yang symbol in Beijing. The symbol is rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy and represents harmony. Photo: AP
Li Shangbin
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Li Shangbin

The Hong Kong protests are a quarrel over values. Beijing must find a wise answer to it

  • To resolve the political crisis in Hong Kong, it isn’t enough for Beijing to dismiss human rights and democracy. China has to articulate a values system comparable to the Western system to win back Hongkongers

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A security guard looks at his mobile phone while perched on a barrier near a yin and yang symbol in Beijing. The symbol is rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy and represents harmony. Photo: AP
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Li Shangbin

Li Shangbin

Li Shangbin is a leading independent Chinese political scientist based in Chengdu specialising in theoretical civilisation studies and the practical applications of personnel reform. He is a founding member and vice-chairman of the World Civilisation Forum, an independent think tank established by scholars from the UK, Australia and China in 2011.