Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned last month and remains in a coma. Photo: AFP Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned last month and remains in a coma. Photo: AFP
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned last month and remains in a coma. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why poison was the regicidal weapon of choice in Chinese history

  • Many of China’s emperors were murdered by poison, chosen for its clean, quick death and easy administration
  • In 1908 the Guangxu Emperor died the day before his nemesis, Empress Dowager Cixi, many speculate on her orders

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned last month and remains in a coma. Photo: AFP Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned last month and remains in a coma. Photo: AFP
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned last month and remains in a coma. 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.