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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:
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 21, 2019
Can Japan balance its ties with China and Taiwan?
Japan can't ignore the reality of rising China, but it will also need to keep its neighbor in check.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 28, 2018
China's 'Belt and Road' could be a debt trap
Clearly, the 'Belt and Road' initiative has run into serious problems. Some countries are finding the burden of debt financing too arduous.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 12, 2018
Trump-Kim meeting: What role should China play?
The fear of marginalization in Beijing is palpable.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 18, 2017
Japan-China ties: Will there be more trust or just cordiality?
While both Japan and China want an improved relationship, they will be walking into it with their eyes wide open.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 26, 2017
High noon at the U.N.: U.S., Japan and South Korea vs. North Korea
The Trump-Kim exchanges have added a new dimension to the Korean nuclear crisis.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 29, 2017
Tokyo pushes back after Beijing's rebuke
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi learned an important lesson in Manila earlier this month: He can't pressure Foreign Minister Taro Kono by invoking his father's name.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 10, 2017
Viewed from China, summit a success
From Beijing's perspective, things went very well in Mar-a-Lago, with China taking the initiative and the Americans going along.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 6, 2016
Vatican should tread carefully in China dealings
The Catholic Church had better maintain its wary stance in negotiating anything with China's Communist Party.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 7, 2016
China's carrot-and-stick strategy reaping results
As it strives to control virtually the entire South China Sea, China is using its economic and military might to ensure its Southeast Asian neighbors fall into line.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 13, 2016
Tsai sees through Xi's game plan for Taiwan
In Beijing's mind, once Taiwan agrees that it is part of China, then it is only logical for there to be talks on unification.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 30, 2016
Recalling the staggering cost of Mao's misrule
His policies resulted in the deaths of an estimated 45 million Chinese, yet Mao Zedong remains the symbol of both the party and the state 40 years after his passing.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 7, 2016
China's misconduct set off alarms in Hong Kong
Confidence in Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' will continue to plummet if China fails to uphold the rule of law there.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 22, 2016
A courageous bookseller's return to Hong Kong
Lam Wing-kee, is a name that should go down in history, both for Hong Kong and China.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 8, 2016
Beijing's actions speak louder than its words
Given Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's attempt to stifle the Canadian press, how credible is China's latest pledge to protect human rights?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 30, 2016
Bullying Taiwan's new leader won't help China
The Chinese Communist Party should realize that it's important to maintain the credibility of its interlocutor in Taiwan. Forcing President Tsai Ing-wen to kowtow isn't good for anyone.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 15, 2016
Japan and the South China Sea
China is miffed that despite its best efforts, Japan managed to get South China Sea issues on the Group of Seven's agenda.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 10, 2015
Leaders of China and Taiwan set a precedent
The Singapore summit set a precedent for leaders in China and Taiwan to meet as equals as far as protocol is concerned, regardless of which party is in power in Taiwan.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 27, 2015
Britain and China bound by trade, if not values
Britain's burgeoning trade ties with China won't give London greater clout over Beijing's Hong Kong policy.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 14, 2015
Trans-Pacific Partnership isn't aimed at China
China is an important trade partner for the countries involved in the TPP, and its future participation in the trade bloc can't be ruled out.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 30, 2015
Xi's visit to the U.S. — the devil is in the details
Following Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S., China touted progress in their 'Major-Country Relationship,' a topic on which Washington was curiously silent.

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