Ron Shine

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Persecution of journalists symbolises a sad closing of the Chinese mind

There is no more powerful sign of China’s growing alienation from the West than the way in which it has …

By Ron Shine

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

China crisis as mass flooding puts President Xi’s leadership under the spotlight

Severe flooding in some of China’s agricultural heartlands is raising fears of food shortages and leading to growing pressure on …

By Ron Shine

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Xi Jinping is overreaching as journalists are arrested in Hong Kong

The National Security Law foisted upon Hong Kong had many appalling features that were immediately clear, but questions remained about …

By Ron Shine

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Beijing's play for the South China Sea is just the beginning

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Davos speech in 2017, in which he claimed to be taking on the mantle of leadership …

By Ron Shine

Friday, 10 July 2020

What it's like to live under the Great Firewall of China

News of the Great Firewall descending upon Hong Kong, with the police empowered to censor online speech, shut down platforms …

By Ron Shine

Monday, 15 June 2020

China has no intention of keeping its word on Hong Kong

In finance, your credit rating is determined by your trustworthiness – namely, by your fulfilment of previous obligations and the …

By Ron Shine

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Why is China’s diplomacy so dreadful?

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 caused great concern for China hawks. Here was a man who, as the …

By Ron Shine

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Chinese government deflects coronavirus mismanagement by spreading anti-African misinformation

One of the most remarkable things about the Chinese government is its shamelessness in arguing with its critics. Any criticism …

By Ron Shine

Thursday, 12 March 2020

China plays dirty in the new information war

What are the limits of a free press? This is the thorny issue facing the Trump administration in handling Chinese …

By Ron Shine