A person helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, notorious for his absolute rule of Congo in the 19th century, in Ghent, Belgium, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. Photo: AFP A person helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, notorious for his absolute rule of Congo in the 19th century, in Ghent, Belgium, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. Photo: AFP
A person helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, notorious for his absolute rule of Congo in the 19th century, in Ghent, Belgium, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. Photo: AFP
Andrew Sheng
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Andrew Sheng

In a world rived by protests and coronavirus, whose history and whose rights should matter?

  • The quarrel in the US and elsewhere over controversial monuments and the debate over mask wearing as a means to contain Covid-19 highlight the tension between individual rights and communal good

A person helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, notorious for his absolute rule of Congo in the 19th century, in Ghent, Belgium, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. Photo: AFP A person helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, notorious for his absolute rule of Congo in the 19th century, in Ghent, Belgium, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. Photo: AFP
A person helps to remove the vandalised statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, notorious for his absolute rule of Congo in the 19th century, in Ghent, Belgium, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. Photo: AFP
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Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng is a former central banker and financial regulator, currently distinguished fellow at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. He writes widely on Asian perspectives on global issues, with columns in Project Syndicate, Asia News Network and Caijing/Caixin magazines. His latest book is “Shadow Banking in China”, co-authored with Ng Chow Soon, published by Wiley.