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Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong is a Rhodes Scholar from Hong Kong (2020) and DPhil in Politics Candidate at Balliol College, Oxford.

They are the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Political Review; Founding Secretary of Citizen Action Design Lab, Founding Fellow of Governance Partners Yangon, and write regularly for The Diplomat Magazine, TIME, the South China Morning Post, and other academic and media publications. They can be followed on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Posts by Brian Wong
June 19, 2022

The Complex Nationalism of China’s Gen-Z

By Brian Wong
China’s youngest generation is often associated with hyper-nationalism. That oversimplifies their complex, individualized relationships with their country.

May 17, 2022

Understanding the Extent (and Limits) of Chinese Public Support for Russia

By Brian Wong
The Chinese public is overwhelmingly on Russia's side amid the invasion of Ukraine, but there is little appetite for China to play an active role.
April 12, 2022

China’s Vision for Relations With Europe Is Slipping Out of Reach

By Brian Wong and Wang Yingliang
Beijing's ideal vision for China-EU relations urgently needs an update to grapple with recent developments – starting with the Ukraine war.

March 14, 2022

With Yoon’s Election, It’s Time for China to Rethink Its Korea Policy

By Brian Wong and Wang Yingliang
The victory of the more hawkish, China-skeptical candidate means China must rethink its approach to the Korean Peninsula.

February 21, 2022

‘Only Nixon Could Go to China’; Only Xi Can Go to America?

By Brian Wong and Scott Singer
50 years after the famous Nixon-Mao meeting, today’s leaders can learn from their nuanced political leadership.

January 03, 2022

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States

By Brian Wong, Iskander Akylbayev, and Valikhan Bakhretdinov
30 years on from the dissolution of the USSR, Central Asian states are a case study in hedging and balancing between global superpowers.
December 11, 2021

Why Is China Insisting It Is a Democracy?

By Brian Wong
The attempt to frame an alternative model of democracy highlights a shift in the CCP’s quest for legitimacy.

November 04, 2021

Chinese People Think China Is Popular Overseas. Americans Disagree.

By Brian Wong
The widening perception gap between the Chinese and Western publics points to long-term divergence.

October 16, 2021

Beijing’s Balancing Act on China-US Relations

By Brian Wong
Chinese leaders must balance the current push for strategic de-escalation with the hyper-nationalism at play among average Chinese.

July 30, 2021

Reasons for Optimism in Wake of Sherman’s Visit to China

By Brian Wong
Policymakers from both sides of the Pacific would benefit from seizing upon the opportunity generated by Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman's visit.

May 18, 2021

Why Hong Kong’s Democrats Should Still Run in Legislative Council Elections

By Brian Wong
Despite the rocky road ahead, Hong Kong’s opposition politicians must not give up on the political arena.
March 17, 2021

What Hong Kong’s Legislative Reforms Mean for the City

By Brian Wong
Parsing the motivations, and implications, of Beijing's plan to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral and legislative structures.

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