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Dr. David Zweig

ABC News Website July 1, 2022 With Extensive Quotes by David Zweig

Xi hails Hong Kong's autonomy but with a major caveat: Beijing has final say By Karson Yiu July 01, 2022, 5:35 AM HONG KONG -- In a speech celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, Chinese President Xi Jinping strongly reaffirmed the territory’s autonomy under the promise of “One Country, Two Systems” but [...]

July 4th, 2022|

David Zweig on Bloomberg: HK Not Finished But Is Wounded Needs Healing

June 30th, 2022, 9:55 PM EDT David Zweig, Professor Emeritus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, discusses the significance of Chinese President Xi's visit to Hong Kong and the policy priorities for new Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia" with Shery Ahn and Haidi Stroud-Watt. (Source: Bloomberg) Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia [...]

July 4th, 2022|

Will Taiwan be the next Ukraine? For Beijing, Russia’s difficult war offers a cautionary tale.

March 14, 2022 4:02 am By David Zweig   David Zweig is professor emeritus at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. If Xi Jinping was thinking of making a move on Taiwan, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he’ll likely be thinking again. For the Chinese president, the war in Europe is playing out like a cautionary tale. [...]

March 17th, 2022|

China aggressively recruited foreign scientists. Now, it avoids talking about those programs

Information on “talent programs” that drew U.S. scrutiny has disappeared Dennis Normile Science (magazine) A version of this story appeared in Science, Vol 375, Issue 6578. 20 January 2022, 2:30pm: Article contains quotes from Dr. David Zweig The criminal charges against Harvard University chemist Charles Lieber—and dozens of others ensnared in the U.S. Department of Justice’s China Initiative—have [...]

January 25th, 2022|

US-China relations: Pompeo’s bomb-throwing Taiwan shift leaves Biden in bind with Beijing

David Zweig South China Morning Post 18 January 2021, 1:00am: By putting Taiwan’s status regarding the United States and China at the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda, he has introduced a serious roadblock to improved relations between the incoming administration and Beijing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is probably strutting around and feeling his oats, having [...]

January 18th, 2021|

To get young Hongkongers to take up mainland job opportunities, build trust and avoid politics

David Zweig South China Morning Post 19 December 2020, 6:45am: Those who want to work on the mainland will go, but the government should not expect a one-off policy to resolve anti-mainland sentiment among Hong Kong youths Young people need to know the benefits and risks of working on the mainland, as well as the practical, psychological and emotional issues [...]

December 19th, 2020|

How China can show the US that its Thousand Talents Plan has nothing to hide

David Zweig and Kang Siqin South China Morning Post 26 August 2020, 8:45am: China can end the secrecy over the plan’s contracts, payments and participants, setting US minds at ease and allowing scientific collaborations to continue The US must also work to limit the spread of anxiety among Chinese scientists in the US or the scaring away of Chinese [...]

August 26th, 2020|

Chinese Politics – China and Political Science: Parts 1 & 2

Dear Friends, colleagues and others interested in China, I just passed another milestone in my career! In 2015, at the request of my former university, HKUST, I worked for several months with a great team to video two courses on China, Part 1, on domestic politics, called “China and Political Science,” and Part 2, on “China and the World.” [...]

August 11th, 2020|

What lies behind Beijing’s imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong? Fear, not arrogance

China’s leaders are facing challenges on multiple fronts – from the economy to global criticism of their handling of Covid-19 Beijing believes that another summer of protests in Hong Kong and what it perceives as hostile US activities in the city cannot be tolerated South China Morning Post (SCMP) 30 May 2020 06:30 AM by Dr David Zweig Many [...]

May 30th, 2020|

Beijing is getting tough on the democracy movement, but at what cost to Hong Kong?

Beijing has recognised that, under the current conditions, it can’t keep Hong Kong’s opposition forces under controlSomething has to give, and that something is China’s promise to grant Hong Kong civil liberties and universal suffrageSouth China Morning Post (SCMP)1 May 2020 06:15 AMby Dr David Zweig It’s not so much that the West or the global economy has decided Hong [...]

May 1st, 2020|

He didn’t stop it!

There’s really only one issue on which Joe Biden need campaign for president. Donald Trump’s Administration had the time and the information to act decisively, but he failed to stop the virus from devastating America. Trump waxes eloquently daily how everyone but him is to blame, repeating that America has suffered because China did not let his administration know earlier. [...]

April 24th, 2020|

Feeling the heat

November 12, 2019 | SCMP David Zweig says beneath Xi Jinping's vote of confidence lies a warning for Carrie Lam Click here to read a larger version

November 12th, 2019|

Luring Back the Chinese Who Study Abroad

David Zweig The New York Times The Opinion Pages ROOM for DEBATE 21 January 2013, 7:01am: China is not only cultivating its own college graduates and experts, but also trying to bring back the sons and daughters who left China for higher education. While the number of Chinese students returning from overseas has increased dramatically, three nagging issues remain. [...]

January 21st, 2013|
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