Trump, global political instability boost Xi Jinping’s bid to stay beyond 2022, says veteran China watcher

With Donald Trump’s shock election as US President and political instability spreading throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East, veteran China watcher Willy Wo-Lap Lam has doubled down on his prediction that Xi Jinping will extend his stay as China’s top political and military leader by another five years to 2027. And possibly longer. Xi is actively amassing power ahead […]

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Vancouver’s housing “conversation”: The missing voices

By Ng Weng Hoong, November 12 2016, Saturday Why were there no Chinese or Asian speakers and so few Asian delegates at what was touted as Vancouver’s first “global” summit on housing issues? The question seemed to surprise Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, the city’s general manager for community services, who organised the “Re:Address” series of events with the University of British Columbia […]

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China, US, Israel in Vancouver’s drive to become high-tech hub

It is easy to overlook Metro Vancouver’s growing attraction as a hub for technology development and investment amid the endless flow of negative headlines about the city’s housing challenges and British Columbia’s floundering liquefied natural gas (LNG) plans. But for those working to establish a Silicon Valley North in western Canada’s most vibrant region, 2016 is quietly turning into a […]

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As Things Fall Apart, The Middle Kingdom and Middle Powers Attempt To Build A New Centre

By Ng Weng Hoong, September 27, 2016 Part 1. Canada and Australia: The Role of Good International Citizens …Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”, 1919 It is 20 years since Gareth Evans stepped down as Australia’s most influential foreign minister, and one of the world’s most […]

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Campaigners celebrate plunge in Chinese buying of Vancouver real estate. What about the cost to the economy?

September 23, 2016 Success! Those seeking to reduce foreign, especially Chinese, buying of Vancouver’s real estate are celebrating the latest set of data showing their hard work is paying off. Foreigners bought only 60 properties to account for a mere 0.7% of all Metro Vancouver sales in August, down sharply from the historical norm of 5% to 10%, said the […]

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The Great Wall of Mandarin: Why the Chinese will get no love

By Ng Weng Hoong, September 16 2016 Are the Chinese at risk of losing further goodwill in Canada? It’s looking that way according to my unscientific survey of English language media reports and online forum discussions. The Chinese are the undoubted villains in some of the big bad stories in the Globe and Mail, South China Morning Post, The Province, […]

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Forty years on, Mao celebrated and condemned in Canada’s Richmond City

Louis Huang holds protest sign against Richmond event celebrating Mao Zedong on Sept 3

Louis Huang holding sign protesting Mao celebration in Richmond, Sept 3. Photo by Ng Weng Hoong “Protestors forced Melbourne and Sydney to cancel event” Canada’s Richmond City may have secured the dubious honour of being the only one outside China to host an event celebrating the life of Chinese leader Mao Zedong to mark the 40th anniversary of his death […]

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“Not what it seems” Richmond councillor says of townhouse Mandarin language issue

Here’s a follow-up to the Mandarin language controversy in Richmond City’s 54-unit Wellington Court townhouse complex. In a phone interview after meeting with the strata council’s current and former chair on Saturday (September 3), Richmond City councillor Au Chak said he has shifted his position as “the issue is not what it seems”. In last week’s interview based on what […]

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The Great Wall of Mandarin

Metro Vancouver faces issues on Chinese language use as Canada pushes for greater bilateral ties with China September 6, 2016 Last week, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was promoting Canada in China, the Vancouver Sun published two stories pertaining to the place of the Mandarin language in North America’s most Asian city. In Richmond, a Metro Vancouver city where more […]

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Vancouver’s shell-shocked housing sector casts shadow over BC’s economy

Minister Wat confident economy will ride out shock of 15% tax on foreign buyers of Vancouver homes. Singapore, Hong Kong markets more volatile nearly four years after tax imposed. By Ng Weng Hoong A senior member of Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet has expressed confidence that British Columbia’s economy and real estate market will ride out the provincial government’s shock imposition […]

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