My Take by Alex Lo
The use and abuse of the history of the Chinese tribute system
- America’s would-be cold warriors like to cite the dynastic trade and diplomatic system as a term of abuse and claim Beijing wants to revive it. But they display embarrassing cultural and historical ignorance about a complex subject whose nature and functions have been hotly debated by sinologists and Chinese diplomats alike
Alex Lo has been a Post columnist since 2012, covering major issues affecting Hong Kong and the rest of China. A journalist for 25 years, he has worked for various publications in Hong Kong and Toronto as a news reporter and editor. He has also lectured in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.