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Frank Ching

Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer who has covered developments in China for several decades. He opened The Wall Street Journal’s Bureau in Beijing after the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations in 1979, becoming one of the first American reporters to be based in China since 1949.

For Frank Ching's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

South China Sea standoff

Apr 14, 2015

South China Sea standoff

Beijing must be feeling the pressure from the U.S. to stop its campaign of turning tiny reefs in the South China Sea into artificial islands capable of military use.

Is Beijing breaching the Joint Declaration?

Dec 9, 2014

Is Beijing breaching the Joint Declaration?

Thirty years ago this month, Britain and China signed the declaration on the Question of Hong Kong under which London agreed to restore Hong Kong to China in 1997 and Beijing agreed to allow it a "high degree of autonomy" until 2047. But China's ...

Hong Kong a growing thorn in Sino-American relations

Oct 14, 2014

Hong Kong a growing thorn in Sino-American relations

Just as China and the U.S. are preparing for another Xi Jinping-Barack Obama summit, this time in Beijing for the annual APEC leaders meeting, China is stepping up charges that Washington is secretly supporting student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Oct 3, 2014

Structure self with propriety, Confucius said

When President Xi Jinping addressed the International Confucian Association to mark the 2,565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius, he did not remind listeners that Mao Zedong had launched a nationwide campaign to flame the philosopher.