Since protests began in Hong Kong, in June, against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, Beijing has decried ‘foreign interference’. Photo: EPA Since protests began in Hong Kong, in June, against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, Beijing has decried ‘foreign interference’. Photo: EPA
Since protests began in Hong Kong, in June, against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, Beijing has decried ‘foreign interference’. Photo: EPA
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In decrying ‘foreign interference’, China should remember those times it has meddled in other countries’ affairs

  • Informed by a mix of resentment for past humiliations and pride in recent achievements, China paints itself as the victim of foreign aggression
  • A quick look back at history, however, reminds us of those times the Middle Kingdom was not only aggressor but occupier

Since protests began in Hong Kong, in June, against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, Beijing has decried ‘foreign interference’. Photo: EPA Since protests began in Hong Kong, in June, against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, Beijing has decried ‘foreign interference’. Photo: EPA
Since protests began in Hong Kong, in June, against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, Beijing has decried ‘foreign interference’. Photo: EPA
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.