US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

China is a professional when it comes to political word play, but the US is catching up

  • The refusal to acknowledge official titles serves to deny authorities their legitimacy, as China well knows
  • But it is not purely a Chinese pursuit – the Trump administration has started to do the same

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. Photo: AFP
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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.