Keith K C Hui
Keith K C Hui is a Chinese University of Hong Kong graduate, a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), a former Manager (Asset Management) at HK Monetary Authority and now a retired businessman; and the author of “Helmsman Ruler: China’s Pragmatic Version of Plato’s Ideal Political Succession System in The Republic”.
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How many non-English translators and simultaneous interpreters are needed when around 1,500 delegates, including 28 heads of states, from 130 countries attended the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing? When the non-English speaking leaders talk, you need direct translation between Chinese and, say, Turkish for President Erdogan, Malay for Prime Minister (PM) Razak, Polish for […]

However slim the chance may be for a political deal to materialize, new breakthroughs in the Middle East and Korea have been emerging one after one since early May. The first breakthrough was President Donald Trump’s indication on May 1 that he is willing to have a direct talk with Kim Jong Un, the supreme […]

By saying that “… America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America…” in his first Joint Address to the Congress [Note 1], President Donald Trump not just elaborates his ‘America First’ doctrine but […]

For at least three reasons Vladimir Putin may consider jumping on Donald Trump’s bandwagon to jointly forge a United States-Russian Federation (US-RF) supremacy over the international arena. Both you and I may not like it but should it materialize in an optimal mode, the world could probably have a less chaotic order for, say, four […]

The USD43 billion all-cash acquisition of the world’s largest agrochemicals company Swiss Syngenta AG by China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) — the biggest ever Chinese overseas corporate purchase — would probably materialize after the U.S. national security panel CFIUS granted the approval on August 22 [Note 1]. Such an ‘at-any-cost’ investment for securing Syngenta’s numerous […]

After Vladimir Putin hinted at his September 5 Bloomberg interview that he might not run for presidency in 2018 and suggested that the next leader should be “fairly young” but “mature” [Note 1], pundits are now guessing his successor would be either Alexey Dyumin (1972-), the present Deputy Defense Minister, or Anton Vaino (1972-), the […]

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) June 2016 research report “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” which was described as “a political bombshell … that caused a near-panic among advocates of free market policies” by the Foreign Policy analyst Rick Rowden [Note 1], what ‘capital account liberalization’ brings to developing countries is “the pervasiveness of booms and busts” […]

The new model of charismatic, bold, and politically incorrect leader treats democracy like a toy. ‘Charisma’ is usually what most people think of when recalling the German theorist Max Weber (1864-1920), leaving his original deliberation on ‘Caesarism’ (1917) ignored. Weber conceptualized Otto von Bismarck’s plebiscitary leadership as a sort of Caesar-type governance, and although he […]

Boris Johnson’s ‘part-Kenyan’ portrait of President Obama [Note 1] may be forgotten soon but, as a widely anticipated successor to David Cameron as the next British prime minister, his slamming rejection to a friendly advice from Washington on ‘Brexit’ (withdrawal from the EU) has delivered a heavy-weight message to the world that the United States’ hegemony is about to end. In his book “Hegemony” which was awarded the Outstanding Academic Title 2005, Prof. John Agnew suggests that hegemony is not merely the capability of possessing unmatched military, economic and political power, but the “enrolment of others in the exercise of your power by convincing, cajoling, and coercing them that they should want what you want (Agnew 2005: p1-2).