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Making sense of China’s new plan

Published On: September 30, 2020 12:30 PM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

If the rest of the world wants to cooperate on developing green products and services, China will oblige. If it doesn’t, China will rely on its own formidable strengths to sustain its growth and development.

Minimizing the social cost of COVID-19

Published On: August 31, 2020 10:57 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – In 1960, the Nobel laureate economist Ronald H. Coase introduced the “problem of social cost”: human activities often have negative externalities, so individual rights cannot be absolute. Institutions must intervene. There is no better example of this dynamic than the COVID-19 crisis.

Economic costs of national security

Published On: August 3, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – By disrupting the world’s interconnected economic, social, and geopolitical spheres, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed just how fragile and inequitable the institutions that govern them really are. It has also highlighted how difficult it is to address systemic fragility and inequity amid escalating national-security threats.

The American muddle

Published On: June 28, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book The Room Where It Happened bills itself as “the most comprehensive and substantial account” of President Donald Trump’s administration. And, indeed, it has quickly become a critical resource for those seeking to understand Trump. But, despite Bolton’s juicy revelations about Trump’s conduct of foreign policy (which his administration tried in vain to keep off bookshelves), the book does little to answer the fundamental question facing the US: Is its current foreign-policy muddle Trump’s fault, or the result of something deeper and more structural?

Cooperate with China or suffer

Published On: May 29, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – As governments worldwide confront the terrible choice between saving lives from COVID-19 and protecting people’s livelihoods, economic indicators highlight the intensity of the dilemma. Unemployment has skyrocketed, trade has plunged, and the global economy is facing its worst downturn since the Great Depression. There is only one way to limit the pandemic’s economic fallout: Sino-American cooperation.

What COVID-19 reveals about the US and China

Published On: April 27, 2020 12:07 PM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – There is nothing like a pandemic to expose systemic differences. For China and the United States, which were locked in an ideologically driven competition even before the COVID-19 crisis, those differences are stark. But the two countries have at least one thing in common: when this is all over, they will need to rethink their social contracts.

Waging War on COVID-19

Published On: March 30, 2020 09:47 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – The world is at war. The enemy is resilient, ruthless, and unpredictable, with no regard for race, nationality, ideology, or wealth. Already, it has killed more than 26,000 people and infected over 560,000, from ordinary workers to the United Kingdom’s prime minister and crown prince. It has halted economies, overwhelmed health-care systems, and forced hundreds of millions to remain confined to their homes. And it will not back down.

Can Hong Kong avoid tragedy?

Published On: December 1, 2019 11:45 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

HONG KONG – Nearly six months after they began, the protests in our city have reached fever pitch. On one particularly devastating day earlier this month, police fired more than 1,500 rounds of tear gas, a police officer shot a demonstrator at point-blank range while being attacked, and protesters immolated a man who disagreed with them. More than 4,000 people have been arrested, infrastructure has been destroyed, and the economy has sunk into recession. And for what?

Self-harm in Hong Kong

Published On: July 31, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

Hong Kong has been seized by mass protests driven by fear that China is eroding the liberty and autonomy. But Hong Kong’s outrage at China is misplaced and self-destructive

America in the crossfire

Published On: June 27, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

If anybody is going to convince Trump to change course, it is probably corporate America. But, when it comes to Trump, there is no such thing as a sure thing

China and Western critics

Published On: April 2, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

Contrary to popular belief in the West, where democratic elections are regarded as essential to holding governments responsible, China’s approach supports accountability

Quest for quality growth

Published On: February 4, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

Implementation of Xi’s reform plan has been hampered by multiple shocks including escalating trade tensions with the US

Reform during trade war

Published On: October 3, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

China’s leaders must redouble their efforts to unleash the “animal spirits” of domestic businesses, while spurring local governments to spearhead reforms

How cities are saving China

Published On: August 30, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

China has learned that rejecting one-size-fits-all approaches and promoting competition among cities is a valuable means of achieving breakthroughs

Anger in America

Published On: June 27, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

Trump has exploited popular anger to advance his own interests. But he did not create that anger. America’s elites have spent decades doing that

Judging Chinese governance

Published On: March 29, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

Western view that Xi Jinping is laying groundwork for a Mao Zedong-style personality cult is fundamentally flawed

Search for quality growth

Published On: February 7, 2018 12:50 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

It will not be easy to realize vision of “people-centered development” that Xi announced. But China is on right track.

China’s digital challenges

Published On: December 28, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

If China is to ensure continued development of its digital economy while containing risks associated with disruption, its leaders will need to implement smart regulations.

China’s war on corruption

Published On: November 27, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

Recognizing the potential of corruption to undermine the legitimacy of Communist Party, Xi has embarked on an anti-graft campaign that is unprecedented in scale.

China’s Pearl

Published On: June 6, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng

July 1, 2017, will mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, after more than a century of British colonial rule. It comes at a moment when China’s leaders are increasingly promoting Hong Kong’s unique role in advancing the country’s economic development.